The question will be asked, why another commentary on Romans? First, because Romans provides the ABC's of the Gospel, it is Christianity 101. From the early church to the present day, it has been recognised as the foundational teaching of Christianity, providing the Bible's most complete statement concerning God's purpose for humankind, its fall from that purpose, and his … [Read more...]
This teaching stream explores God’s purpose from Creation to New Creation—for a New Earth.
It explores how the Adam-Christ parallel explicates God’s redemptive purpose for history, from Creation to De-Creation (Fall), climaxing with Re-Creation (Christ); in fact, a New Heavens and a New Earth—a restored cosmos. It also demonstrates the principle of Adam and Christ's covenant headship, the former leading to curse and historical judgements, and the latter to blessing and human flourishing.
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Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a … [Read more...]
Ern Baxter MP3 Teaching Series: The Gospel of the Garden Part 1 One of the most devastating strategies in our time against the victory of the Gospel is the dualistic view of man’s salvation in escape from this world, postponing victory to a future heavenly realm. Nevertheless, counter to this, there is a recovery underway to reclaim God’s original world purpose and … [Read more...]
For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. Romans 8:19 The resurrection of Christ signals the transformation of the cosmos – this physical world – in time and space, in history. From chapter 1 of his epistle to the Romans Paul progressively explicates the Gospel as God's solution to the disruption of the cosmos caused by human rebellion, … [Read more...]
God’s purpose is from Creation to New Creation—for a New Earth. The Adam-Christ parallel (Rom 5:12-20) explicates God’s redemptive purpose for history, recreating a New Heavens and a New Earth in Christ (Rev 21:1-6; 2 Cor 5:17). This motif of a New Creation in Christ demonstrates that the infinite creator-God was not ‘caught on the hop’ by the Fall; that while the impact of … [Read more...]