A Marriage Made In Heaven

I have been on vacation for the last two weeks.

Sunday August 14, 2011 sermon notes: (part of the notes)


Romans 7:4  Sermon #45.82

Charles e Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher, August 14, 2011


The Goal of Preaching: Not trying to pressurize people into good behavior, but calling them to the good Savior.


“No sermon should be considered alone.  We are ministering to people week after week, and one message fortifies another.  The harvest is not the end of the meeting; it is the end of the age.”Phillips Brooks (1835-1893).

  • To be sure, there are those sermons that have radical, life-changing effects on people.  Praise God.  But the reality is that the cumulative effect of standing under the steady rain of God’s word week after week is what readies the full harvest.
  • Take the pressure off tomorrow’s sermon.  Hit a string of singles rather than swinging for the fence.  Be faithful to the text and let the word do its work as the Spirit conforms people to Christ.  ”The harvest is not the end of the meeting; it is the end of the age.”

“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry ‘Mine!’”Abraham Kuyper, 1837-1920.

THEREFORE MY BRETHREN, YOU ALSO WERE MADE TO DIE TO THE LAW THROUGH THE BODY OF CHRIST: hoste adelphoi mou, kai humeis ethanatothete (2PAPI) to nome dia tou somatos tou Christou:]

Romans 7:4

Wherefore, my brethren, you also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that you should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

  • Galatians 2:19-20; 3:13; 5:18; Ephesians 2:15; Colossians 2:14,20

God’s purpose is that Jesus Christ, the incarnate, perfect, crucified, sin-bearing substitute, risen, and glorified, be the focus of and get the glory for our justification and sanctification.

In Galatians Paul states a parallel truth writing that… Galatians 3:10,13, and 24

What does the first [somewhat difficult to grasp] clause mean?

The law express disapproval of the way you are. And therefore you are subject to the death penalty in God’s eyes.  The law of God says that you have been found guilty of a capital offense and now you are going to be executed.  The power of the law over you is powerful.

But when Christ died, he died in place of you and me.  And I have as it were died with Christ and what Christ did was to take the full impact of the penalty that was justly due to me breaking the law.  As a result of the death of Christ on the cross, God’s righteous justice was satisfied. God poured out His full fury of this Holy wrath upon the Lamb of God, His Son Jesus Christ.  As a result of God’s action upon Christ, every believer’s sin is forever free of the death penalty imposed by the law.

Wherefore  (5620) (hoste) Romans 7:4

  • As we have said before, means so that, as a consequent the following is the result.
  • Paul is going to give an illustration in the away of application
  • As Paul has said in verse 2 and 3, about marriage, he now is going to introduce the real relation with admiration to Christians who are in a position parallel with that of the wife.

You also are become dead (you have died) 2289 thanatoo to the law 7:4

  • Of course this is used figuratively. The believer has died supernatural when Christ died. The believer has died to the curse that was placed upon him. Therefore the believer has been delivered from the penalty that God has placed upon all men.
  • DIED?  Grammar: aorist tense:  that is , past tense, that is, an historical event. You can be sure this is the truth.  As a result of this past action, you can rest, you are free of the penalty.

The idea here is we need to keep a continual mindset that  we have truly died to this penalty, and we have been set free from this Law placed upon us.

As I have said many times, we need to understand this: Christ has saved us by grace through faith: (Ephesians 5:8). First by justification (Romans 3:24); then He saves us each day by that same grace through faith which theologian call progressive sanctification.

  •  Ephesians  5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
  • Romans  3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus

About Charles e Whisnant

Youth Pastor since 1964.Pastor/Teacher 1971-74, 1980-2001, 2008-2015. Seminary, College, On line training, 50 years of study. A student of of the Bible. Expositional in my teaching. Married for 45 years. Four children and three granddaughter. Currently pastor - teacher in Minford, Ohio. No published books. No TV program. Favorite preachers Spurgeon, Calvin, MacArthur, Lloyd-Jones, Packer, Edwards, Baxter, Puritans.
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