In this episode of Witnessing Christ from the New Testament, Mark and Molly discuss Romans 7–16.
In the Book of Romans, we see that “The Gospel Creates New…” in the lives of believers. It brings awareness of sin and the need for God’s grace, understanding of God’s righteous judgment and the gift of justification by faith, hope in Christ’s redemption, peace with God, a new life empowered by the Spirit, freedom from sin and the law, inclusion, and unity, submission to authorities, acceptance and love for one another, and a compassionate ministry to others. The gospel transforms lives, creating a new identity in Christ and a close-knit community of believers grounded in the truth of God’s Word.
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Do you know what one of the most dangerous words in the world is? “And.” Sound strange? You really need to watch out for the word “and”! Here’s why: The Bible says that we are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Do you know what we like to add? An “and.” We like to think we’re saved by God’s grace and the fact that we’re such good people. We think we get eternal life by God’s grace, and how we are trying to keep the commandments or promises we have made. We think we get God’s best gifts by God’s grace and how much more moral we are than the people around us. God’s grace “and”…
Do you see the danger? God does! “If by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace” (Romans 11:6). The moment an “and” sneaks into our relationship with God, it’s no longer by grace. It’s by us. The moment we add our works to eternal life, it’s no longer by faith in Jesus. It’s by what we do. And if we trust ourselves to be saved, do you know what will happen? We won’t be saved! We have fallen away from grace.
Thankfully, there’s no “and.” God’s grace saves you through faith in Jesus Christ. Period. There’s nothing left unfinished. There’s nothing that depends on you. It’s all by grace—God’s undeserved love! That’s what gives us confidence and hope, and peace. “If by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.” No “and.” Just grace. Just Jesus.