1. The Apostle, through these well-known passages, depicts a Lord sovereign in all His dealings, that the Lord God is no respecter of persons, and no one can claim an obligation on the part of the Creator. Indeed, the Lord God acts by grace and mercy, and for this, He is most worthy of praise.
  2. There is a new criterion for what makes an Israelite, a son of God, namely faith in Christ Jesus, not ethnic heritage.
  3. Jesus has led a far greater exodus, one that includes Jews and Gentiles, indeed, an exodus achieved by a Passover Lamb never to be eclipsed, whose blood established an everlasting new covenant.
  4. Paul speaks out of deep passion and great love for the salvation of all people, especially those bound to his ethnic heritage. Here we have Paul the evangelist. Paul is compelled by the love of Christ.
  5. But praise be to God, Christ has the last word on death and the word is “Resurrection.” Death is not a permanent form of bondage.
  6. The Earth itself, into which the blood of Christ seeped, will be redeemed and renewed, just like our spirits in Holy Baptism, and our bodies on the day of the resurrection.
  7. The more the Christian imagines the Law of God provides a way to life (that is, by obeying God’s commands we can run clear of death), the more distant from life in the Spirit he becomes.
  8. There is now a new Lord, and it is not sin, death, or anything else. It is Jesus.
  9. Paul asserts the baptized have died in Christ but this death then makes them free to live unto Christ. Complicated? Yes, a little. Let us try to clarify things a bit.
  10. Nothing can stand to oppose those who are in Him. They have been freed from slavery to sin and are now enslaved to a new Master and Lord.
  11. The main point Paul gets at in Romans concerns what God has done in the One, Jesus the Messiah, the rightful heir of God’s earthly Kingdom.
  12. At the heart of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit launches the new Temple of the Lord, His holy Church.

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