ROMANS STUDY OF CHAPTER TWELVE
Charles e Whisnant
Sermon in Romans #200 I think!
Some just wonder why I preach/teach so many sermons from one book in the Bible! They just can not believe how so many sermons can come from one book. Some have wondered how we can find so much in the book of Romans, and even First Peter chapter one?
Can I remind you that Romans is but an synopsis. You ask why did Paul write this epistle? Well because he could not get to Roman. And since he wanted to expound the glories and the mysteries of this Christian faith, he sends them this kind of synopsis.
So just remember that Romans is just an synopsis, and the duty of the preacher or the expounder of an epistle is not to give a synopsis of the synopsis, which is what many preacher do anyway. So we then are to draw out, to work out what Paul the apostle has condensed in this book of Romans, and Ephesians and Philippians.
Romans 12:1 I urge you, therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
Paul’s pattern in Romans is: Doctrine: 1:1-11:32, Doxology: 11:33-36, Dedication: 12:1-2 and Duty 12:3-16:27
Christian practice is inseparable from Christian truth: The goal of truth is holiness.
Theology (belief about God) precedes and should never be separated doxology (praise and worship of God) for there can be no genuine doxology without theology for who can worship an unknown god.
John Stott writes that…
“All true worship is a response to the self-revelation of God in Christ and Scripture, and arises from our reflection on Who He is and what He has done. The worship of God is evoked, informed and inspired by the vision of God. Worship without theology is bound to degenerate into idolatry. Hence the indispensable place of Scripture in both public and private devotion. It is the Word of God which calls forth the worship of God. On the other hand, there should be no theology without doxology. There is something fundamentally flawed about a purely academic interest in God. God is not an appropriate object for cool, critical, detached, scientific observation and evaluation. No, the true knowledge of God will always lead us to worship, as it did Paul. Our place is on our faces before him in adoration….Bishop Handley Moule said at the end of the last [19th] century, we must “beware equally of an undevotional theology and of an untheological devotion.”
Paul in chapters one to eleven has gone into deep detail about the doctrines or teaching of God about this matter of mankind, and the means of salvation. Romans some say is the greatest masterpiece ever written. Romans gives an incomparable statement of Christian truth.
Then Paul turns the table to another topic: Paul is going to deal with practical matters – that is the outworking and the living of the Christian life.
Paul is moving to some degree from doctrine and argument, but he will also have doctrine and appeal.
HERE IS MY QUESTION TO YOU: Bower’s ; Lemaster; Dawkins, Field, Grant’s, Ramey’s and Hall’s and even Charity and Charles?
HOW DO YOU FEEL AS WE APPROACH THIS NEW DIVISION! I.E. What is your reaction as we finish the great doctrinal section (1 to 11) and come to these practical chapters! (of course many of you have little knowledge of what is coming in these last chapters)
Some people just like the doctrinal chapters and care little about the practical application to the truth in the doctrines. On the other hand some like the practical and not the doctrine. Problem: you need both to be the kind of Christian you need to be.
FIVE REASONS WHY WE NEED BOTH KINDS OF TEACHING AND PREACHING: Doctrine and Duty
1A The whole of the Bible is for us.
2A Christianity is not merely a teaching, but a life. The Christian life is not only a way of thinking, but a way of living, a way of behaving. The Christianity is the Christian life: It’s primarily a way of life and the object of the doctrine is to enable us to live that life.WjZi8Ixi
3A Application is important because of the difficulties that are going to come about in the life of the true Christian.
When a person becomes a Christian there is going to be a new life: (Second Corinthians 5:17) But they are still in the world, what must they do now! A new faith, a new belief, and now how to apply this new life in the world that they now live in. Christians have a new outlook on everything which is determined by this new belief. How are you going to relate to the world now that you are a new born again believer?
Here then is the Christian person: By definition, is concerned about the glory of God and therefore he lives to please the Lord, and thus he must know how he is going to apply this great salvation to every single question and detail and problem that he is going to face in this world in which he lives.
4A There is the intimate connection between doctrine and practice. Belief and behaviour.
5A The Christian will always be confronted by an adversary, a brilliant, able, subtle, knowledge adversary: Second Corinthians 11:14. And we need to know God’s word and how to respond.