Every Christian is fighting a great battle being waged within them. They face outside enemies in the world and the devil that war against them. But there is an even more constant opponent that has established a foothold inside of every believer. I refer to our sin nature. It involves us in a relentless battle between our new man in Christ and our old sinful flesh. These two rivals are diametrically opposed to each other. They are hostile against one another. They produce an internal strife on the battlefield within the soul of every believer. There is never an agreed truce between these two forces. There is never a white flag waved in this skirmish. There is never a ceasefire. The battle is ever ongoing.Read More
The following are sermons Dr. Steven J. Lawson delivered through various the books of the Bible. The transcripts and audio of these sermons have been provided for your enjoyment. Please use these sermons to dig deeper into God's Word as your faith is strengthened.
Every once in a while, you come to a verse that grabs you by the lapels and will not let you go. Romans 7:14 has been that for me. Virtually every commentary and study tool I have used as a reference for this verse has stated that this is the most difficult and controversial passage in Romans to interpret. For this reason, we will devote this entire study exclusively on verse 14. Hopefully, we can bring clarity to this text that has challenged students of Scripture down through the centuries.Read More
As we begin our study of Romans 7, the central theme is the believer’s relationship to the Law of God. In this chapter, and in the first four verses of chapter 8, the word “Law” (nomos) is used a total of 24 times. The Law of God is mentioned eight times in verses 1-6, six times in verses 7-13, six times in verses 14-25, and four times in the first four verses of chapter 8. It is impossible to read these verses and not see the constant focus upon “the Law.” In these verses, Paul is clearly defining the believer’s new relationship to the Law of God after his conversion to Jesus Christ.
In this study, our focus is upon Romans 6:23, and it brings to summation the sixth chapter of Romans. To remind you, Paul has been painting a contrast between what we once were before salvation, and what we are now in Christ. What we once were was a slave of sin. Our mind, affections, and even will was in bondage to sin. We were held captive to obey our old, cruel master, sin. But when we were born again, the miracle of regeneration brought about an extraordinary change in our life. In that moment, we were liberated from our slavery to sin and were immediately transferred into a new slavery with a new Master, the Lord Jesus Christ.Read More
In these verses, the metaphor that Paul continues to use to portray the Christian life is that of slavery. As we look at this passage, we see the transition that takes place in a believer’s life at the moment of conversion, as he goes from one type of slavery to another. Before we become a Christian, we are slaves of sin, held in bondage to its cruel tyranny. When we were born again, we became a slave of God, now obedient to a new master. There is never a moment in anyone’s life in which we are not a slave. There is not an interval of time between these two slaveries in which we are in neutral territory, not a slave to any master. When we were converted, the door of the prison house of sin was opened, our chains were unlocked, and we were ushered out of our former bondage to sin. Immediately, we were brought into a new slavery to righteousness.Read More
Every person in the world is a slave. One may live in a free country with freedom of speech and liberty to pursue happiness. But the fact is, every person is a slave. This slavery is not a political or economic slavery. This slavery is a spiritual bondage, either to sin or to Jesus Christ. No one is free to live however they choose to live. All live in slavery to one of two masters, either to sin or to the Savior. Whose slave are you?Read More
s Paul writes the letter of Romans, he is writing to the church of believers in Rome. The city of Rome was the capital city of the Roman Empire. It was where Cesar has his palace. It was where the Roman senate meets. It was the power hub of the known world, with all of the abuses that come with such unbridled control. Not surprisingly, it was also the most vile, wicked, immoral city in the world. It was a cesspool of iniquity. It was a city that was rank with every kind of licentious sin imaginable. The Imperial City would have made Sodom and Gomorrah blush. In this city was everything from fornication to adultery, lesbianism, homosexuality, bestiality, robbery, lying, arrogance, pride, brutalities, slavery, forced labor, rape, polygamy, idolatry, murder, atheism, and more. There were no moral restraints left.Read More
In these verses, we find the spiritual biography of everyone who is born again in Jesus Christ. This section contains our personal spiritual story, written in two volumes. These two volumes could not be any more diametrically different. The contrast between these two editions stand in stark contrast with each other.Read More
Sometimes we run into a person we have not seen in a while, and we hardly recognize him because he looks entirely different. Maybe this person went on a diet and lost a lot of weight. He does not look like himself. We look at him and ask, “What happened to you?” Maybe you look in the mirror and ask yourself the same question, “What happened to you?” The change is so different that you cannot help but wonder what took place.Read More
Romans 6 begins the third major section in the book of Romans. To remind you, the first section (Romans 1:18-3:20) was all about condemnation. The wrath of God has been revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men (Romans 1:18). Paul began with the bad news that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). This reveals why we desperately need the gospel.Read More
We are in Romans 5:18-21. These last four verses in Romans 5 bring to conclusion a massive section on justification by faith alone. This section began in Romans 3:21 and now concludes in Romans 5:21. It is one unit of thought and one presentation. For two and a half chapters, Paul has belabored the cardinal doctrine of justification by faith alone. It is the heart of the gospel. As we come to these last four verses, Paul makes his final appeal in this argument.Read More
Romans Chapter 5. Today we want to look at verses 15 through 17, and it may seem like we are on a little bit of a snail’s pace, but these verses, I’m telling you, are so rich and profound that you just can not hydroplane over them and bounce on to the next verses. This is a Bible study, and so in a Bible study, we study the Bible. That means we have to dig down into the text, and it’s worth the effort. As we say in football, “No pain, no gain,” and the same is true in Bible study. If you want a superficial Bible study, then you will have a superficial faith; and if you want to have a strong, deep faith, then you have to go down deep into the word of God.Read More
We have come to Romans 5:12 and this begins an extraordinarily profound passage of scripture that if I had to put three words over this section it would be “Adam and Christ”. If you understand Adam and Christ, you basically understand human history. You basically understand salvation and condemnation and everything that you need to know. From God's perspective there's only two men who have ever lived, Adam and Christ. Every person is in either Adam or is in Christ. They were two representative men. Adam represented the entire human race. Whatever Adam did affected you, affected me, effected anyone whoever lived. Jesus Christ is the second Adam. He is the head of another race of people.Read More
We're in Romans Chapter 5 and in Verses 6-11, and I'm going to put a title on this before I read this, and the title of this is “The John 3:16 of Romans”. And that's what this is; this is John 3:16 but in a much more definitive, robust, theological presentation of what that most famous verse says. Let me read it and I think you'll see why I call it this.Read More
We are in Romans chapter five. I want to begin by reading verses one through five. We have already looked at verse one and the first part of verse two. We will be picking it up in the middle of verse two, and my goal is to get us through verse five. Beginning in verse one, "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom also we have obtained our introduction" – your translation may have "access" – "by faith into this grace in which we stand."Read More
As we look at this today, I have to tell you the big idea is the blessings or the benefits of justification. We're looking at verses 1 through 5 of Romans 5, and there are 5 benefits, blessings of justification that Paul brings out. And the first we looked at last time in verse 1, "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" – that's the first benefit.Read More
We're in Romans 5. We are just plowing through this book of Romans at a record pace. We've come to chapter 5. We'll see how many verses we work our way through but we're going to be in verses 1-5 today. I think it would be good if I just read these verses, just kind of set them out in front of you. Romans 5 beginning in verse 1 this is where we're plunging in, "Therefore having been justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.Read More
Okay guys we are in Romans four; we are going to wrap up Romans four today. Romans four and we have the last three verses to look at, Romans 4:23-25. I want to begin by reading the passage.
And for those of you who are curious what translation I use, I am a New American Standard guy. So beginning in Verse 23, "Now" – and there is a real summation feel as he begins with the word ‘now.’ He is bringing this whole chapter down to a summation, based on everything that he has said.
All right, here's what we're going to do this morning. We're going to do something a little bit different today. We had a lot of questions come in from literally around the world, and they were printed out and handed to me. For those of you who are watching us Livestream, I want you to know your questions that you sent in to us are very important to us, so I'm gonna spend this session answering these questions.Read More
The big picture of this entire book, just to remind you, Romans 1:16-17 is the signature text and it is worth my repeating because what we are looking at today comes gushing out of this fountain. Romans 1:16-17, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes." That is the same word as faith. It is just faith in a verb form. "To everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.Read More