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Redeemed of the Earth

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In Revelation, included in the people of God are men and women purchased from every nation by the blood of Jesus .  Revelation  applies a variety of terms and symbols to the church that is under assault from within and without. The men who are redeemed from the earth form a company that transcends all national, social, and cultural boundaries. And tribulation is not an aberration to be avoided at all costs. Persevering through trials is integral to what it means to follow the “ Lamb wherever he goes ” - [ Photo by Paz Arando on Unsplash ].

Coheirs with Jesus

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The covenant with Abraham is fulfilled in Jesus, the heir, including the promised inheritance of land – Romans 8:1-23 .  In Romans , Paul presents Abraham as the great exemplar of faith, the model for all men and women who choose to live from faith. God counted the Patriarch’s faith as “ righteousness ” while he was yet uncircumcised, and thus He justified him apart from the “ works of the Law .” Consequently, he became the father of everyone who is “ from faith ,” both Jews and Gentiles, as well as the “ heir of the world ” - [ Photo by Olivia Hutcherson on Unsplash ].

Works of the Law

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In Romans, discussions about justification by “works” has a specific category of works in view – “from the works of the law”   -   Romans 2:7-10 .  In  Romans , Paul points to sin as the  Great Leveler  that places everyone in the same predicament, bondage now and “ wrath ” later. No one is excused from the penalty of sin, neither Jew nor Gentile, and all are without excuse. Without exception, God will “ render   to every man according to  his works ,” both Jew and Gentile, for with Him, “ there is no respect of persons .” - [ Photo by  Nasser Eledroos  on Unsplash ].

Both Jew and Greek

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The equality of Jew and Gentile before God is a key theme in Romans. Both stand or fall before Him on the same basis  –  Romans 1:15-16 .  Paul wrote to the Romans to prepare the ground for his planned visit to the city, and to deal with conflicts between Jewish and Gentile believers. In the first half of the letter, he presents a detailed explanation of his gospel, and in the second, he deals with questions about the status of the Jewish people and conflicts in the congregation - [ Photo by Ingmar Nolte on Unsplash ].

Righteousness of God

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The “righteousness of God” refers to His faithfulness to His promises, and this is demonstrated in the salvation He has provided in Jesus .  In Romans, Paul stresses the “ righteousness of God ” revealed in the gospel, the “ power of God for salvation to everyone who believes .” And it is proclaimed throughout the earth to “ Jew and Greek ” alike. By the “ righteousness of God ,” he means HIS “righteousness,” God's faithfulness to provide salvation for His wayward creatures - [ Photo by Joshua Earle on Unsplash ].

Future Glory

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In the first half of his letter to the Romans , Paul presented the “ gospel ,” which is the “ power of God for salvation, both to the Jew and the Greek .” In His Son, God provided salvation through the “ faith of Jesus Christ ” for every man and woman who responds in faith, whether Jew or Gentile. Death passed from Adam to every man, both “ within the law ” and “ apart from the law ,” because “ all sinned and lack the glory of God ” - [ Photo by Pablo Heimplatz on Unsplash ].

Righteousness, Wrath and Salvation

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In Romans, Paul argues from plight to solution as he presents his gospel to the churches in Rome .  In the first half of  Romans , Paul argues from plight to solution. The gospel is the “ power of God for salvation .” Because of sin, two forces are at work in the world - righteousness, and wrath. In his Son, God has provided salvation, the solution to the desperate plight of humanity that is available to all, and on the same basis, “ from faith .” - [ Photo by Aniket Bhattacharya on Unsplash ].