Study: Romans 8:29a Who Defines Us Before The World Ever Began?

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:29 (CSB) 29 For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. The Support There are many verses that can be used to aptly say what verse twenty-nine so succinctly and definitely says here. I can think of two passages: 1 Peter 1:20-21 (CSB) He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was revealed in these last times for you....

May 30, 2022 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:28 Who Define Us in the Midst of Sin Around Us?

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:28 (CSB) 28 We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. The Support Our God Herein lies love: all things work together for good for those who love God. Within our world, one might dare to ask, “What about those who don’t love God? What about my friend or neighbor or co-worker who is basically a good guy or gal?...

May 23, 2022 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:27 Who Defines Us in the Midst of Our Sin?

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:27 (CSB) And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because he intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. The Support Where do you see God in the text? What does the text say about God? Our God This is a fantastic God What compares to the knowledge of God when He alone reveals all truth and science to us?...

May 16, 2022 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:26 Who Defines Us in the Midst of Our Weakness?

The Introduction When coming to the full acknowledgment of the pain and anguish of sin that he seems to never be able to overcome, Paul cries the same incredible prayer in the same spirit as the tax collector in the synagogue: “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”[^1] And I believe the totality of Romans 8 is the extended, thorough, exegetical explanation to his powerful nine-word answer: “Thanks be to God through Christ Jesus our Lord!...

May 9, 2022 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:18-25 Who Defines Us?

The Introduction The last time we were in Romans, we examined that if we are in Christ, who will bear witness for us in the sight of God. But it has been a long time since we have been in Romans. To catch us up, lets go all the way back: Romans 7: Who will save me from this body of death? Romans 8:1-4: Who will save my from condemnation?...

May 2, 2022 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:14-17 Who Bears Witness For Us?

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:14–17 (CSB) 14 For all those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear. Instead, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!” 16 The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children,...

March 25, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:12-13 What Do I Do When I Sin?

If Jesus was obedient, even unto death on the cross, to become our sin by the power of the Holy Spirit, how do you think we are suppose to be killing off sin? In other words, if the mighty men of David had to continue slaying giants in the land, what do you think the brothers and sisters are Christ are called to do with their sin? The Introduction So through prayer and reading the word, I pray that you are working out your own salvation with an actual fear, reverence, awe, worship, and love for our great King....

March 24, 2021 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:5-11 How Can I Walk This Path?

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:5–11 (CSB) 5 For those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their minds set on the things of the Spirit. 6 Now the mindset of the flesh is death, but the mindset of the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mindset of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit to God’s law....

March 23, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:1-4 No Condemnation in Christ Jesus

The Introduction Now, by the sacrifice of Christ all the sins of the Church are entirely put away. He, the sinless Lamb of God, took them up and bore them away into a land of oblivion, whence even the Divine mind fails to recall them. Octavius Winslow, No Condemnation in Christ Jesus. The Text Romans 8:1–4 (CSB) 1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus,...

March 22, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 7:14-25 Then, God Saves Us From Our Sin

The Introduction The chaptering of Romans is a little bit off. I am not saying I could have done a better job–I definitely could not. But Romans 6-7:7 seems to be grouped together and I taught it as so: Romans 6:1-14 God Kills Our Sin Romans 6:15-23 God Buries Our Sin Romans 7:1-6 God Rips Our Sin From Us We see what God is willing to do to save each of his children....

March 21, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 7:7-13 First, God Reveals Our Sin

The Introduction I think one of the most remarkable things that God, through his word, teaches us two things: and/both either/or I noticed that so many debates on social media are people desperate to find a one side to contend for and be on the winning side. Speaking about the Bible: lets talk about drinking alcohol. Some people’s conscience cannot bear to drink alcohol for themselves. That is called self-control....

March 21, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 7:1-6 God Rips Our Sin From Us

The Introduction Licentiousness - I am not going to use this word too often because mostly I cannot say it well enough to use it often. Paul, under the lordship, guidance, inspired, command of Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit, battles legalism in Romans chapters 2 to 4. And if you think Paul is too hard on legalism, he is simply taking his cues from the ministry of Christ in the gospel....

March 20, 2021 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 6:15–23 God Buries Our Sin

The Introduction So, you are reading and studying Romans. You are convicted and comforted by the fact that you could have not done anything good enough to be saved by God. You convicted and comforted in the fact that God in his grace must save you to him. You cannot boast in other than God. You cannot earn your salvation–you can only receive God’s gift of salvation, grace, mercy, faith, and love....

March 19, 2021 · 14 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 6:1-14 God Kills Our Sin

The Introduction Follow me here. I am reading Romans in this way: Chapter 1 - split in three different ways: 1-15: Introduction and Greetings 16-17: The righteous shall live by faith 18-32: The depravity of mankind Then proceeding into chapters 2, 3 and 4 can be summarized in this way: you are not saved in the way you think you are Chapter 2: it was never by the law Chapter 3: no one is righteous Chapter 4: you cannot boast in your obedience Or to put in another way: the children of Abraham believed God and it is counted to them as righteousness....

March 18, 2021 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 5:12–21 God Reigns, Not Us

The Introduction In a Bible Study series as this, it is always really helpful to remind us where we have been studying in order to see where we are going. Romans is not the exception. Romans 1 - The gospel is the power of God in salvation but we have all suppress the truth of God and therefore live in that sin Romans 2 - God’s kindness is meant for your repentance....

March 17, 2021 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 5:6–11 God Loves, Not Us

The Introduction The Text Romans 5:6–11 (CSB) 6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. 8 But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us....

March 16, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 5:1-5 God Sanctifies, Not Us

The Introduction The Text Romans 5:1–5 (CSB) Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have also obtained access through him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we boast in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope....

March 15, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 4:13-25 God Fulfills His Promises, Not Us

The Introduction The Text Romans 4:13-25 (CSB) For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14 If those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made empty and the promise nullified, 15 because the law produces wrath. And where there is no law, there is no transgression....

March 14, 2021 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 4:6-12 God Justifies, Not Us

The Introduction The Text Romans 4:6–12 (CSB) Just as David also speaks of the blessing of the person to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: Blessed are those whose lawless acts are forgiven and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the person the Lord will never charge with sin. Is this blessing only for the circumcised, then? Or is it also for the uncircumcised? For we say, Faith was credited to Abraham for righteousness....

March 13, 2021 · 13 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 3:27-4:5 No One May Boast

The Introduction The Text Romans 3:27–4:5 (CSB) Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By one of works? No, on the contrary, by a law of faith. For we conclude that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith....

March 12, 2021 · 14 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 3:9–26 No One Does Good

The Text Romans 3:9–26 (CSB) What then? Are we any better off? Not at all! For we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin, as it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one. There is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away; all alike have become worthless. There is no one who does what is good,...

March 11, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 3:1-8 All Goodness and Glory Belongs to God

The Introduction The Text Romans 3:1-8 (CSB) So what advantage does the Jew have? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? Considerable in every way. First, they were entrusted with the very words of God. What then? If some were unfaithful, will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? Absolutely not! Let God be true, even though everyone is a liar, as it is written: That you may be justified in your words and triumph when you judge....

March 10, 2021 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 2:17-29 Everything Belongs to God

The Introduction The Text Romans 2:17-29 (CSB) Now if you call yourself a Jew, and rely on the law, and boast in God, and know his will, and approve the things that are superior, being instructed from the law, and if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light to those in darkness, an instructor of the ignorant, a teacher of the immature, having the embodiment of knowledge and truth in the law— you then, who teach another, don’t you teach yourself?...

March 9, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 2:1-16 All Righteousness Belongs to God

The Text Romans 2:1-16 (CSB) Therefore, every one of you who judges is without excuse. For when you judge another, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment on those who do such things is based on the truth. Do you think—anyone of you who judges those who do such things yet do the same—that you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you despise the riches of his kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?...

March 8, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 1:26-32 All Wrath Belongs to God

The Introduction The Text Romans 1:26-32 For this reason God delivered them over to disgraceful passions. Their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. The men in the same way also left natural relations with women and were inflamed in their lust for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the appropriate penalty of their error. And because they did not think it worthwhile to acknowledge God, God delivered them over to a corrupt mind so that they do what is not right....

March 7, 2021 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 1:18-25 God Alone is God

The Introduction The Text Romans 1:18–25 (CSB) For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth, since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, that is, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what he has made....

March 6, 2021 · 13 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 1:16-17 God Alone Saves His People

The Introduction The Text Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith. The Support Galatians 3:11–14 (CSB) Now it is clear that no one is justified before God by the law, because the righteous will live by faith....

March 5, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 1:13-15 God Alone is Sovereign

The Introduction The Text Romans 1:13-15 Now I don’t want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that I often planned to come to you (but was prevented until now) in order that I might have a fruitful ministry among you, just as I have had among the rest of the Gentiles. I am obligated both to Greeks and barbarians, both to the wise and the foolish. So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome....

March 4, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 1:8-12 God Alone Reigns

The Introduction The Text Romans 1:8–12 (CSB) First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you because the news of your faith is being reported in all the world. God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in telling the good news about his Son—that I constantly mention you, always asking in my prayers that if it is somehow in God’s will, I may now at last succeed in coming to you....

March 3, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 1:1-7 God Alone Fulfills His Promises

The Introduction The Text Romans 1:1–7 (CSB) Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures— concerning his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who was a descendant of David according to the flesh and was appointed to be the powerful Son of God according to the Spirit of holiness by the resurrection of the dead....

March 2, 2021 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 1:1 God Alone Saves

The Introduction The Text Romans 1:1 (CSB) Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God The Support The Damascus Road Acts 9:1-25 (CSB) Now Saul was still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord. He went to the high priest and requested letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem....

March 1, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans - A Few Resources

Updated: January 9, 2022 - Fixed formatting, links, images, and order of preference. -Ed. Here just the very small list of resources on Romans that I have found most helpful. It Goes Without Say The Holy Bible Many times, many teachers, preachers, and small group leaders (myself included) will “cut straight to the chase” and engage the commentary instead of engaging the Word of God. Remember, the commentaries are not without error—they are the observations of the author....

January 7, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Here is Love: That God Loved Us - 1 John 4:10

For here is love: Genesis 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel. And here is love: Deuteronomy 7:6-8 “For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth....

October 31, 2019 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan