Exposition of Romans (MP3 Series) by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
I have personally been impacted by Martyn Lloyd Jones commentary and teaching on Romans immensely. I encourage you to dig into these. He has a 14 volume commentary on Romans that is kinda awesome. If I had the ~$300 to drop right now I would have it in my library right now. I am in the proces of picking a volume up here and there.
I recommend diving into Romans 5-8 to begin with. Stay there for two to three months. It will change your life. Hold your theology loose, let God help you keep the life and sift out the stagnant parts. In the past 14 months I have let God shake my foundation. He has, oh he has. It is and has been the best thing I have ever let happen.
No New Testament epistle is more foundational to the faith than Romans, and no exposition of Paul’s letter is more insightful than that of Lloyd-Jones.
Drawn from his messages at Westminster Chapel from 1955 to 1968, this masterful series of sermons blends evangelical interpretation with practical applications to provide sound doctrinal teaching on this fundamental document. This series is also available in Hardcover.
Romans 5-8 speak pretty succinctly about the law being superceded by a new covenant, the curse of the law was gone. The law was in place to show us that we mankind could not on our own strength acquire or attain any standing before God on our own strength or merit. Jesus came as a man incarnate, went to the cross and we were all co crucified, co buried and co resurrected with him.
When did he die for my sins?
At the cross.
God operates outside of time and space. Adam was not a mistake and God had to clean it up. It was part of the plan of redemption. The work of the cross was mans re genesis our hard reset, a return to our redeemed innocence and original identity IN HIM.
To answer the question, did God die for all mankind. Yes, God died for all of mans sins and judged us and forgave all at the cross. But it is up to man to acknowledge and change paths.Romans 10:10 still is in tact.
License to sin, grace is not.
1 john 3:6-8
For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister. – Colossians 1:19-23
so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. – Hebrews 9:28
Ok, this is going to be short and it comes from personal experience as of late.
Romans 5-8 has totally rocked my world in the past 5 months! I believe it is a key to changing ones spiritual and emotional identity. Around January I was challenged to study chapters 5-8. I took the challenge and I’m so happy I did. Grace and the ramifications of the cross hit me like a nuclear bomb, blowing away all of my pre- established beliefs.
What changed? My identity or how I perceived myself. Jesus died on the cross and we (all mankind was co crucified with him AT THAT MOMENT) were co-raised with him. This act was a re-genesis of our spiritual man. Our sin man was decimated. The law of sin and death was revoked. The free gift of forgiveness and grace was appropriated to all mankind. We were given the ability to accept this gift and step into His fullness. The verse ” there is now, no more condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, behold all has become new!” actually means literally what it says. I no longer have the notion that I have failed and fall short and and am filled with guilt and shame.
My identity is defined by God, I don’t define myself, he does. He says he sees him in me! (2 Corinthians 3:18)
I said I would keep this short so if you have questions or comments please reply below.
Are you qualified to represent Jesus? This is a valid question. Many of us probably have asked ourselves that before. Let’s look at Paul. Was Paul qualified? Well considering he wrote a good chunk of the New Testament I wouldn’t hesitate to say YES. Paul was commissioned. Look at the first verse in many of the books in the NT.
Ephesians 1:1 (TMT )
Paul, employed by the delightful resolve of God and commissioned tobrepresent Jesus Christ to the saints…..
I’m going to ask you the reader a question:
Have you ever killed anyone? How about have youvever killed lots of people?
Paul did, he was a zealous murderer.
Acts 26:10-11 NLT
Indeed, I did just that in Jerusalem. Authorized by the leading priests, I caused many believers there to be sent to prison. And I cast my vote against them when they were condemned to death. Many times I had them punished in the synagogues to get them to curse Jesus. I was so violently opposed to them that I even chased them down in foreign cities.
How big are your sins? There is ni difference between a lie or murder, both are sin and God looks at his followers, his sons and daughters as spotless and shining pure.
2 Corinthians 3 : 18
The days of window-shopping are over! In him every face is unveiled. In gazing with wonder at the blueprint likeness of God displayed in human form we suddenly realize that we are looking at ourselves! Every feature of his image is mirrored on us! This is the most radical transformation engineered by the Spirit of the Lord; we are lead from an inferior mind-set to the revealed endorsement of our authentic identity. Mankind in His glory!
Paul had a transforming moment and we have had that same transformation made available to us via Christ on the cross.
Romans 5:16 NLT
And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins.
It is time to shead the guilt, shame, and condemnation. You are qualified in him. Yoi don’t have to be accredidated by man. You don’t have to have attained somw certain level in your Christian walk. The mere fact that yiu are walking in Christ is your accreditation and your qualification. He is looking for open and willing hearts.
Stepped in the GPR to chill, read, and contemplate. I’ve been in Romans and thought to myself I’d try something different. Half-heartedly I prayed where to God? I was drawn to Hebrews. I opened up The Mirror Translation and started to read the intro and it smacked me in the head like a five year old with a baseball bat…
There it was again, “the revelation of our restored innocence based on the finished work of the cross… ” I am really liking this recurring theme of the cross and its restorative effect on me. The cross and his resurrection made my/mans original identity possible.
I was on Facebook this week and I saw this post:
” Did Adam and Eve have a closer relationship with God than we do? I say NO. In the Garden there was a visitaton. In us there is a habitation!”
I thought about it and replied:
“Yes no yesInitially, yes. Thet walked and talked in the garden, Adam blew that relationship and brought sin into the equation. Man was tied up with dependence on the law, rules and sacrifice (bummer). Jesus by coming to the earth abd sacrificing himself once and for all restored that original identity and redeemed innocence. We now have that same direct access with access to more.”
My original identity has been hard reset, I am walking in pre-fall factory default hard reset. All the garbage from the fall is essentially reset. The message of the Gospel walked out through Jesus ends that dominance of my earthly senses my spirit man is awakened to the relationship with which God has been courting us humans. “What God spoke to us in sonship (the incarnation), radiates his image and likeness in our redeemed innocence.” du Toit, TMT pg.191.
The Gospel in a nutshell is that the mission of the cross was a success! I no longer have to strive to reach a standard and comply to 10 main rules and over 600 minor laws. It’s not about what I have done wrong but what Jesus has done.
Yesterday I wrote on Romans 1:1, Pauls mandate/mantle that same mandate/mantle we walk in 2000 years later.
WOW! THINK ABOUT THAT!
God each and every day show me what you see and what you feel. Lord I want to walk in the spirit not bound by the flesh. Show me how to walk as a man who is already dead. Dead to the things of this world and totally alive to you.
Personally I know I have had a habit of shot gunning it through the first couple verses in the beginning of a book. Many of the books/chapters of the New Testament are letters to churches. The first verses are often greetings.
Romans 1:1 NLT
This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News.
The Mirror Translation words it “… (Paul) identified in him (Jesus Christ) to represent him (Jesus Christ). I have been studying a bit differently lately and taking one verse at a time looking at the verse in multiple versions and taking time to contemplate about it more.
When ever I go to hear a guest speaker, the speaker is often introduced or introduces themselves with a short bio to let you know their qualifications. Paul starts out by stating who he was and giving his credentials. How would you like to have his bio/cred. He was personally called to represent Jesus as a disciple. He carried the same mantle that Jesus did as his disciple to tell of his father, to spread the Gospel, and to bring signs and wonders. Paul walked in that authority.
I read that and thought about it and we are also personally called to represent Him. I had to ask myself am I good representation of him who called and has sent me? I’ve been blogging about grace and the freedom that his death and resurrection have brought to those who choose to walk in it. I’ve gotten some feedback and some are pointing out the errors of the hyper-grace message being preached in many pulpits across America. Many are saying that this hyper-grace leads people into sin, but the true grace message draws one to Christ not away. Now to look at am I a good representation of him? The more I delve into his word the less I have of the temptations that I have had in the past. I am called to be a representation a mirror image.
” chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News”
“The best the law could offer is to educate and confirm good intention; but the more powerful law, the law of sin introduced to mankind through one man transgression, has to be challenged by a greater force than human will power. Because sin robbed man of his true identity and a weekend in him all kind of worse animal like conduct, a set of rules couldn’t do it. The revelation of God righteousness has to be far more effective and powerful than man’s slavery to sin.” Francois Du Toit Found this quote in the preface to Romans in The Mirror Translation. It gives an overall glimpse of what the message of the book is. The gospel of the success of the cross, how God rescued msn from the effect of Adam’s grand oops.