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Bad News, Good News

Chester Clark III


We’ve probably all heard it: “I’ve got good news, and bad news. Which do you want first?” The problem is that often even the good news that follows is only relatively so; there’s a lot of bad news these days.

Some Christians don’t want to hear the bad news.  They squirm uncomfortably as a pastor points out contemporary sins or Christians’ shortcomings.  But the apostle Paul unambiguously points out the bad news of our condition before turning to the very good news of a Solution.

This is the third study in our series on the Book of Romans.


Chester Clark III

Pastor, Evangelist, and Educator



  • September 7, 2013
    11:00 AM
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I'm sure you wanted to have had the experience of someone coming to you and saying I've got good news and I've got bad news may be the very phrase conjures up some memory of such an occasion and usually the choices between hearing the good news or the bad news for strength and the river the story I read one time of a doctor who told his patient I have good news and bad news the good news is that you only have one week to live in shock the patient asked Wolf that's the good news the bad bad news is I was supposed to tell you last week but I forgot often it seems as though the good news bad news is simply relative visited in this world different variations of badness and this week we're going to continue our study of the book of Romans were looking at Romans chapter and thus far Paul has addressed the believers actually in Rome with a with an amazing first of all an amazing description in Chapter one of the wickedness of the world and just as they were about to say well yes we agree a man preach it brother he said wait a minute sin is sin and there is sin in the church as well we all sin right about these so to hi this concept in Romans chapter three in verse nine he refers to this this experience is that he just taken them through in chapters one and two when he says one that are we that are then they nodded all for we had previously charged or argued both Jews and Greeks but they are all under sin nominees lost in the world and you can be lost in the church what the point of being in the church even be black the question sometimes and effortlessly begin this chapter with and in Romans chapter three in verse one he says what advantage then has the Jew or what is the profit of circumcision and today we might ask the question is there any advantage to being a church member be to be lost in the judgment locked outside the church may even be saved outside of the church or lost in the church right so then why why go through the process is salvation is inward experience that is a personal experience not a community experience that something between me and Jesus directly not administered by a pastor not administered by reason not administered by the authority of the church if salvation in this way then why was he a member outwardly of the body of Christ and Paul answers this question doesn't completely answer diabetes in a comeback about it later on the Romans but he says there's many advantages much he says every way and he gives one just one chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God to them were committed the oracles of God what is he talking about the use of this work oracles uses the Greek word will you and this is a word that is only used four times in the New Testament is an acceptor seven verse thirty eight Hebrews chapter five verse twelve first Peter chapter one verse eleven in here in Romans chapter three and verse two what is he talking about when he said to them were committed the oracles of God I believe what was trying to say in their art manages even though they may not be saving advantages even though they may not be salvific there are advantages to being entrusted with the truths of God 's word the oracles of God via the truths of God the Jews had as we might mention the Jews had been given the responsibility of sharing with the nations around them the revelation of God and his will for mankind the understand God had entrusted with the Jewish nation the opportunity and privilege but also the responsibility of sharing the present truth for their time with the world around them this is by definition one of the chief characteristics of what it means to be part of the visible church and being visible Church of God they been entrusted with the truths for that time the Jews had been night and usually say is saying yes and usually lost yes but you know what there's advantages to living surrounded by the principles and be the protection of truth even if it doesn't save your mother is making sense to you as it is to me when I say this if there were no heaven to be deemed or held to be shunned if there was no eternal life offered to me through the blood of Jesus I'd still rather guided by the principles of God 's word I believe there's a better life I believe the scene I believe in your life more prosperous life I believe that in this life wasn't all there is to it I'd still rather have and live by the truth and the knowledge is found in the word of God as it is a blessing to being a part of the church the truth lobby of Christ Jesus Paul saying and in his day is a blessing to being born in the family Jews even if you can still be lost pumping and that and that situation there is no difference between Jew or Greek they all can be saved or lost depending on their belief or unbelief in Jesus and Paul continues here in and in Romans chapter three continues on any he argues that the God who judges the Earth is going to judge righteously and he's going to judge based upon one standard he's not going to apply one standard one group of people and another standard to another group of people know all men's hearts are going to be judged before God in a fair and a righteous way whether we believe it or not whether we like it or not whether we prevent or not you can change the way God is we can change the truth of God 's word I want you to skip downtown to verse nine again this is what then are we better than vague the Gentiles not all we previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin I'm suggesting to the day that Paul is beginning his epistle with the bad news so that he can introduce to a at an open on Wednesday a desirous audience the good news he's starting with the bad news so that he can introduce the good news notice with the bad news is as it is written and he's quoting now from the Old Testament Scriptures song fourteen specifically there is none righteous no not one there is none who seeks after God they have all turned aside they have together become unprofitable there is none who does good no not one their heart is an open tomb with their tongues they have practice to see the poison of asps is under their lips whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness their feet are swift to shed blood destruction and misery are in their ways in the way of peace they have not known there is no fear of God before their eyes widen quite entire drive visited quite a list and he's quoting this from the Old Testament is going in from the book of Psalms there is none who does good there is none righteous and he's just like at the end of chapter one he preempted their thoughts anytime know what you're thinking but then the nominee he once again brings it home to them in verse nineteen notices says now what now we know that whatever the law says it says to those who are under the law now we got a policy or an unpacked this just a little bit there are a number of uses of the word of law in the Old Testament or in the New Testament they are sometimes we find the law refers to the change and then they were familiar with that change speaks of it as the perfect law of liberty a couple of the Commandments making it very clear what he's talking about this sometimes when we talk about the law than a dozen ducks of the law that is referring to the ceremonial law the bulk that the instructions the Israelites had as to how to properly go about the sanctuary service and get there other times where the law is speaking of the entire five books the first five books of the Old Testament will be called Penta took it sometimes referred to as the law of Moses is sometimes referred to when you see this phrase the law and the prophets and using that phrase you can almost be certain it's not documenting them a lot like the ceremonial lots talking about the Old Testament and it major divisions are the law the law of Moses the five books and the prophets the other books beside this we also they would they would speak concerning the Psalms were songs that are poetry wisdom literature that was the other category but along the profit is a typical suppression that is used in the New Testament to describe the Old Testament Jesus for example you remember when he was on the Emmaus Road he opened it in the Scriptures and explain to them in the law and the prophets all the things that were written concerning himself to give them a Bible study not from the ten Commandments and the prophets but from the books of Moses and the command know what are the books of Moses books of Moses are largely are they not overly several of them are largely describing the sanctuary service which pointed forward to Jesus Christ and Jesus is giving these two disciples on the road and there's a Bible study no doubt including from the sanctuary service as to how he was the Passover lamb how he is the one who has come to take away the sin of the world out that land that was slain in the earthly sanctuary that Lambert was blamed by the Rambus Lane by Abram on mount Mariah those that land was slain by by able in the garden the gauge of the Garden of Eden all that pointed forward to Jesus so the law is often used to describe the books of Moses no come back here in your minds to Romans chapter three verses nineteen and notice what is saying that we know that whatever the law says and though the phrase here and well we could read the original language sometimes but until notice here in the arena and then read what Paul says in the lot just like it says in English the law is a definite article before law right to the law what the law says and what law would he be referring to is just quoted an extensive passage from the Old Testament right is just quoted that and so it it would appear that Paul is referring to the Old Testament Scriptures what the Scriptures say it is vast and those who are one of the things under the law now how do we have to pack unpack another phrase under the law what does under the lobbying well we could look at a couple of different passages are Monday to take you through a quick journey if you please through the writings of Paul and look at this phrase in a number of other places is not found that many places but if we if we find for example Galatians chapter four of this look at one or two passages with you really quickly and will will look and see what he means by this phrase under the law perhaps the easiest thing would just be to assume that he's talking about being under the condemnation of the law and that is perhaps the a phrase that could mean that but I wanted to look at some other Bible passages where these Scripture Scripture here and were going to compare and to see what Paul would have meant Galatian chapter four and were going to read verses four and five Galatians chapter four verses four and five and this is the this is the description clause giving of Jesus birth and he says verse four but when the fullness of time had God sent forth his son born of a woman born how was it was later born under the law now we might ask who is talking about I'm not Jesus Jesus is born under the law and he says even here in verse five to redeem those who were without under the law that we might receive the adoption of sons you see my friends Jesus came and he's born under the law to redeem those one of law the schedule confusing hasn't it I mean it is it is very seeing someone under the law it seemed like this again the conversation of velocity and negative thing and yet because he came under the law that the realities I believe what that what is being spoken of here is that Jesus came in direct fulfillment of the Old Testament Scriptures and he mean this is an argument that apostles and disciples made over and over how do we know Jesus was the will of the Christ well he was born in Bethlehem just Robinson said there was a voice of weeping just like the prophet said he and they go through all the problem is is is told through his gun to be divided but not torn they would they would pierce them but not break his bones he would and you go on and on and on down the list all of these are from the law by all these are from the Old Testament Scriptures Jesus fulfilled he was born in in harmony with those things and Paul here is arguing the Jesus gain not just under the law in fulfillment of the lobby came to redeem those who were under the law speaking particularly of the Jewish people pay and not time to unpack all of Galatians chapter four and five but Galatians Paul is arguing as he is going to argue Romans that the Old Testament law does not conflict with the New Testament law know the truth not went with the New Testament refers but rather the New Testament truths amplify and fulfill the Old Testament okay and when Paul here in Romans chapter three the put me back on the seven three Nepal here from chapter three is speaking of those who were under the law I believe he is identifying the Jews themselves because they are the people described by the Old Testament as God 's people God 's church you might say that time first nineteen forty four we know that whatever the law says it says to those who under law why would you say that once again brings he's riding to religious people he's writing the Jews and there might be tempting to say that description you just quoted from Psalms that applies to everybody else out there it doesn't apply to me and pulses waited and waited he would write what is said it says in the Old Testament to those to whom the Old Testament was given wouldn't be some a sense God would not say something to you that was meant for something utterly else do you know it in the wild things are contained in the law are written to those who are under the law that every mouth may be stopped and all the world may become guilty before God friends at the reality I keep bringing this back to my present day experience Paul seemed to think that it was human nature to think that other people need in the gospel he seemed to think that it was human nature to assume that other people world in that case that situation that condition but not I'm good enough by the way I'm better than somebody else out there right effect rotation we compare ourselves among ourselves as he says in first Corinthians which is not why we become comfortable Paul says that all every mouth should be stopped and all the world should become guilty before God including those of us in the church UNI need a Savior method that I like the way that news in God 's economy prepares the way for good news back someone was just saying that last night I heard this phrase the idea that in the world a good time is followed by bad but in God 's economy and bad time is followed by the there's bad news but it's only to open our to set the table for the good news we several wonderful God because Romans doesn't end there it was an awful thing if Paul and somehow had a heart attack or some other way letter to Romans and ended at the end of verse twenty members nineteen that all the world might become guilty before God verse twenty says therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in his sight for by the law is the knowledge of sin now once again he's using the definite article the law is referring I the Old Testament Scriptures you can even you could probably accurately say that by the ten commandment law is the knowledge of sin as well because James says that James talks about that that the tank man a lobbying item you are right we come to it we see who we are and then that neither has no capability to cleanse us however it only reveals the sin so what if it's international law of the Old Testament Scriptures you you you can parse that is you will is the same thing it's true why the law is the knowledge of sin but but verse twenty one begins but now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed being witnessed by the law and the prophets now I find this to be very interesting as you notice your rehab in one verse we have one verse the righteousness of God apart from the law and actually in the Greek there is no definite article there so it is always probably more like saying apart from reason or justice or rational thinking that it's not fair in other words that we could have his righteousness but anyways as apart from the law as it is revealed in the law how do you have how do you have the right is about apart from the lobbying revealed in the longest doesn't make sense at all if you have a modern translation like the new King James you'll even see that the first law in verse twenty one is is a lowercase and the second law is on Berkeley case that because there is that definite article before this is the law what laws he talking about he says in verse twenty one he says being re- witness by the law and the prophets once again we remember that we in rising why profit we remember that this is using talking about the Old Testament Scriptures what Paul hears arguing is that the law of the Old Testament the ten Commandment may bring us a knowledge of our sin they bring us the knowledge of our neediness they remind us that there is none who do good no not one my brother Paul says they may not be as clear the New Testament writings but Paul arguing that the gospel the good news of the righteousness of Jesus is found in the Old Testament as well it's not as though we had surgery to bring God within human dispensations one is in a very tyrannical judge mental George of God and the other is a loving kind race Bill God of the New Testament note there is one God and the Bible is not somehow schizophrenic the Old Testament is and isn't contradicting the New Testament it doesn't undertake in the Old Testament is one God in both Testaments and the same yesterday today and forever and his characters the same yesterday and named Robert Islam is the same yesterday today and Robert and our nation in both Testaments is the same and that's going to be a major theme chapter four where not get there in chapter four Paul is going to conclusively prove the least in his mighty conclusively proves that Abraham was justified by faith before there was obedience before there was law of losing an average of grace just because of his faith nothing is waiting afterward in obedience but because he believed it was counted in the righteousness of Paul here is arguing that the law which the Jay-Z 's writing to a they held dear the Old Testament Scriptures the Old Testament Scriptures condemn you my friends not all only one of a lot of who you will believe in the lot that the people of the law not only do they continue to alter presenting Jesus this was a new thought for many Jewish mind that the law contained Jesus I would you look at a couple of the verse is very interesting here I want you to hold your finger from his chapter three I want you to see how Peter describes this in first Peter chapter one verses nine and ten versus Peter chapter one in verses nine and ten many get their statement all right were to read in first Peter chapter one verses nine and ten will reverse eight not having and having not seen you love though now you do not see him yet believing you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory receiving the end of your faith the salvation of your souls of this salvation what salvation is a New Testament salvation and that peters talking to the believers in Christ right of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently who prophesied of the grace that would come busy talking about is talking about the Old Testament is and is not in the Old Testament probably have to be this is the Bible they had in those days with the Old Testament and so the province he says have of this salvation the province of inquired and searched carefully who prophesied of the grace that would come to you in other words if we I understand the law correctly if we understand the profits correctly can we understand the Old Testament correctly were going to find the message of God 's grace and God salvation every turn page we turn we ought to find Jesus the Gospel race represented even in the Old Testament of course one of the clearest ways we see that in the law of Moses and the books of Moses is the sanctuary service right and we can follow that sinners he comes into the courtyard and bringing with him a innocent land his favorite land the best healthiest most energetic lively playful land mobile law because only the best sacrifice could be enough to bring Jesus to represent Jesus as he would bring that land into the courtyard over here on this side of the courtyard there was a place where the confession would take place it will center would lay his or her hand on the head of this sacrifice the little lamb to did nothing wrong and did not know what was about to befall any symbol the Senate would transfer that guilt of his sin to the innocent sacrifice to the way and then with his own hand with a knife given to him by the freeze the center would have the responsibility the awful fearful dreadful responsibility of taking the life of that little lamb slicing the road blood to be collected think of Corrie that protest this settlement is in glory and grotesque send causes that this is what God wanted the Hebrews to be reminded on a day-to-day basis there's a high cost alone with Senate has fearful consequences and it would have the consequence even the life of the son of God and somehow the Hebrews turned this sanctuary service into a work strip a legalism trip so somehow they thought maybe they began to think that they were going to be saved by doing these things by observing these days and Balinese ceremonies by keeping the Sabbath on they had all kinds of roles how they develop better they wanted to be the best followers of the Old Testament possibly be so they added to the simple commandment remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy they had no breath how rabbinical precept of how you can keep the Sabbath what you can do what you can do every imaginable imaginable you know situation was described only back then those rabbis didn't have electricity in the Balkans of that amount of modern conveniences so as you know those those rules and had continually evolve you been to some parts of the world where there are plenty of of conservative orthodox Jews you'll find for example the elevators and Sabbath elevators rose that because the drama libeled his work 's overture to push a button on the elevator 's work and libel comes on there doesn't need to spend Queen outside the home elevator to come that's work right so on Sabbath some of these parts of New York City and other places the elevators run constantly stopping there before that I may go down the balance of the people in the South liability all kinds of rules were added to the word of God why because they were attempting they were attempting to feel good about their set or appease that God was angry of visitors through their own works they missed the whole point of the sanctuary service what was the one thing that the center could claim he had done as part of the century service he confessed to send me one if one of Brad friends the only thing in our salvation we have to brag about the only thing that we successfully accomplished was killed Jesus Jesus did the rest the sanctuary service taught clearly the gospel of grace salvation by faith Vincent we killed Jesus don't blame the Jews misunderstanding the Old Testament on the Old Testament the Old Testament was clear at all even argues that the first few verses of chapter three don't blame God for their mistakes they completely misconstrued and warped and twisted the Old Testament the Old Testament presented the righteousness which is apart from the law the righteousnesses which is through God from God through faith Romans chapter three and verse twenty one but now the righteousness of God apart from the laws revealed being witnessed by the law and the prophets only didn't stop with just the books of Moses we find the stories of the Old Testament pointing toward the something what about Abram there on the mountain arrived the very place where the Temple and Jerusalem one day be built any building on an altar he's promised his son Isaac God will provide eight and offering God will provide an offering and as Abram goes through this test of his faith weather-related Slashdot he was Chapter 11 makes it very clear Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness okay it wasn't as though he earned his salvation by going to Mount Mariah he will be gone and it was counted to him for righteousness but in the Chapter 11 is very clear that he believed he had enough faith to believe that if God had given him a son when he was as good as that when he was as old as he was when it was impossible to have children if God could give a miracle baby at that time he had counted able to fulfill his promise through Isaac even if he had to raise him from the dead he was chaplain to eleven raising the dead possum consider for just a moment that no one in the history of the world had ever been raised from the dead before at least not that we know of is now the record of anyone create a brand of her having been raised Abraham had faith that God was able to fulfill his promises to Isaac even if he had to raise these to find New Testament faith there revealed is this a phase of work sort of belief in God is a him Abraham the building is a saving God 's ability this is the Gospel and God did provide a way God did provide a sacrifice even miraculously they are caught in the big and there was that landed in the Auburn in the place of Isaac God provided a sacrifice typifying symbolizing the Redeemer that would come it would die in our place to see our the Old Testament is full of examples of these stories that point is to Jesus and the true gospel I think of Isaiah chapter fifty three as it is called the gospel profit and it's not without cause Isaiah repeatedly tells of Jesus coming both his first coming on his second coming but in Isaiah chapter fifty three described his first coming and with a description that the Hebrews did not like to think of their Messiah coming as a lamb a man of sorrows but let's just review what Isaiah says here in Isaiah chapter fifty three and verse one who has believed our report and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed for each upper-level form is a tender plant and as a root out of dry ground he has no former comeliness then when we see him there is no beauty that we should desire him first three he is despised and rejected of men a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief we hid as it were our faces from him he was despised and we did not esteem him surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows yet we esteemed him stricken smitten by God and afflicted but he was wounded for our transgressions he was bruised for our iniquities the chastisement of our peace was upon him and by his stripes we are you friends there nothing fair about that venting just about Isaiah fifty three is it fair for us to receive the righteousness of Jesus and Jesus to receive arsons using why only and only the creative the world could take that on himself if God placed that burden on another angel of the non- of unfairness and unjust injustice and Paul's argument in Romans chapter three verse twenty one the righteousness of God which is apart from justice apart from any legal merit we don't deserve it it's undeserved grace Jesus came and was wounded for my transgression he was bruised for mining equities and yours that we Ezio that we might receive his righteousness that we have the righteousness testified witness to by the law the prophets by the New Testament writers as well what a wonderful wonderful Savior we have Romans chapter three Paul argues the good the bad news but he also persuasively argues the goodness often like the story of the doctrine the patient that we began with the bad news and the good news about bad news it is relative but in the book of Romans the bad news is really bad and the good news is really really good the bad news is that the Scriptures present a high standard of righteousness as a requirement of solving the good news Jesus righteousness more than meets that standard and he offers it to us freely the bad news is that we are sinners whether were in the church were out of the church the good news is that Jesus blood reaches us no matter where you are the bad news is that our righteousness amounts to nothing the good news is that Jesus righteousness is everything we need the bad news is that we are great centers and the good news is that Jesus as even a greater Savior the good news is that God is working in my life and yours today to bring us to a knowledge of our need of him a relationship with him the good news is that the same LAN whose blood was shed so that your sins and my sins could be forgiven is right now at the right hand of the throne of God Revelation chapter five I read a description of what is taking what takes place before the throne of God it says in Revelation chapter five in verse eleven that I looked and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne the living creatures and the elders in a number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands saying with a loud voice worthy is the Lamb who was slain to see the power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing and every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the heaven under the earth and sizes there and the sea and all that are in them I heard saying blessing and honor and glory and power we do him who sits on the throne and the land forever and ever the four living creatures setting the twenty four elders fell down and worshiped him who lives forever and ever good news my friends is much better than the bad the good news is that Jesus is the Lamb who was slain for my sins and yours and he's coming again he's not only the slain Passover lamb but he's the returning land in one day very soon every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord I want to do that now how much you I want to join those in angelic beings and saying worriedly his life who died unjustly but willingly for my sentence let's pray father in heaven today we just positive things you for the good news of the gospel we thank you though that though the Scriptures point out our need they also point us to the Savior who is greater than earning Lord sometimes were discouraged and while the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin and points to Jesus the devil tries to convict us of our sentences is no hope I just want to pray the Lord for anyone here who may be in that valley of discouragement that they might see the goodness they might see Jesus they might recognize that though we are sinners though I'm a sinner Jesus loved Jesus Grace Jesus forgiveness Jesus blood is more than sufficient oh father may we meet as yours or this to share the road with others the appraiser is a this media was brought audio the website is renting God 's word through reading sermon audio and much more you would like to know more about our universe this is more so than please visit www. .com universe .org


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