Peace Like a River
1. A little girl walked up to a man one time on a street corner and said, "Sir, have you been saved?" The man looked down at her with a smile, and he said, "Yes, young lady, I have been saved. But beyond that, I am being saved, and one day I will be saved."
2. That man knew what he was talking about. For salvation is in three tenses. As a Christian I have been saved from the penalty of sin. I am being saved from the power of sin. One day I will be saved from the presence of sin.
3. The Apostle Paul is taking his time in these first chapters of the book of Romans to explain to us the greatness and the glory of our salvation. In Romans 5 he tells us how we have been saved from sin's penalty. In Romans 6 he tells us how we are being saved from sin's power. In Romans 7 and 8 he tells us how one day we will be saved from sin's presence.
4. Now evidently Paul was so excited about this truth that he could not wait to tell us about it. So he gives us a preview in these first eleven verses. In vv. 1-2 we see the past tense of salvation. In vv. 3-5 we see the present tense of salvation. In vv. 6-11 we see the future tense of salvation.
5. In vv. 12-21 of this chapter Paul will explain to us how we are saved from the penalty of sin. In chapter 6 he will tell us how we are being saved from the power of sin. In chapters 7 and 8 he tells us how we will be saved from the presence of sin.
I. Grace In The Past
1. Now we have already established that man has a problem. It is a sin problem. The problem of the human heart is the heart of the human problem. Sin separates us from God. The Scriptures teach in Isaiah 59:2, "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear."
2. When Adam sinned i ...
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