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2018-04-15 • Bob Donohue • Romans 7:1-6
 
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…from there through to the end of chapter 5, Paul unfolds for us a way of getting right with God. It is absolutely stunning. It is the furthest thing from a moral improvement program. It is the furthest thing from better rule keeping or more disciplined living or being nicer people or getting our relationships fixed or finding out how to succeed. It is something utterly different from all that. It is called justification by faith… being counted righteous before God through faith.   — John Piper

1. Death Releases us from the Law Covenant
2. Death Results from the Law Covenant
3. Death Replaces the Law Covenant

Love, not law, is what makes us holy.

The gospel is a biblical romance — a prince rescuing his bride so they can live happily ever after.

If you don’t love Jesus enough, it’s because you’re not aware of how incredibly loved you are.

[Jesus,] by the wedding ring of faith, takes a share in the sins, death, and hell of his wife, nay makes them his own, and deals with them no otherwise then if they were His, and as if He Himself had sinned… Who then can value highly enough these royal nuptials? Who can comprehend the riches of the glory of this grace? Christ, that rich and pious Husband, takes as a wife a needy and impious harlot, redeeming her from all her evils and supplying her with all His good things. It is impossible now that her sins should destroy her, since they have been laid upon Christ and swallowed up in Him, and since she has in her Husband Christ a righteousness which she may claim as her own, and which she can set up with confidence against all her sins, against death and hell, saying, ‘If I have sinned, my Christ, in whom I believe, has not sinned; all mine is His, and all His is mine,’ as it is written, ‘My beloved is mine, and I am His’ (Song of Solomon 2:16).   — Martin Luther

O that I were misted and bewildered in my Lord’s love! O that I were fettered and chained to it! O sweet pain to be pained for a sight of him! O living death! O good death! O lovely death, to die for love of Jesus! O that I should have a sore heart and a pained soul for the want of this and that idol! Woe, woe to the mistakings of my miscarrying heart, that gapeth and crieth for creatures, and is not pained, and tormented, and in sorrow for the want of a soul’s-fill of the love of Christ! O that thou wouldst come near my Beloved! O my fairest why, why standest thou afar? Come hither that I may be satiated with thy excellent love! O for a union! O for a fellowship with Jesus! O that I could buy with a price that lovely One, even suppose that hell’s torments, for a while were the price! I cannot believe but that Christ will take pity upon his pained lovers, and come and ease sick hearts, who sigh and swoon for want of Christ.   — Samuel Rutherford