Regarding the Word of God, the Bible, I’ve heard it said a few times over the years, that “whenever you see a ‘therefore’ in the Bible, you have to see what it is ‘there for”!! I agree so totally with that. The word “therefore” indicates the transition from what is being said or what has been said and the results or consequences thereof.
Recently, a friend of ours in South Africa, Don Liebenberg, shared an outline of his study in the book of Romans, and more specifically, the use of the word “therefore”. I have his permission to use his outline and notes with some personal editing along the way. Be blessed!
Don writes: The apostle Paul often uses the word “Therefore” in his letter to the Romans.
The significance thereof is that the word is strongly used to convince the reader of the importance of a particular spiritual truth and thence to urge the reader to apply in practice what he has so taught. The recognition of the importance of this word and an unhurried meditation on that Scripture portion, brings a fresh appreciation of the greatness of the glory of the Gospel in all its aspects.
Romans 1:24 – Therefore … God gave them up
“For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonouring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen”.
Romans 2:1 – Therefore … you have no excuse
“Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, …”
(It is important to have read chapter one of Romans and to read through to Romans 2:11 to get the verse in context and to really be blessed by the reading of God’s precious Word).
Romans 4:22 – Therefore … it was credited to him as righteousness
“He (Abraham) did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.””
(Read the full account of Abraham and Faith in Romans 4)
Romans 5:1 – Therefore … being justified by faith, we have peace
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:9 – Therefore … we have now been justified by his blood
Romans 5:12 – Therefore … Just as through one man
Romans 5:18 – Therefore … as one trespass led to condemnation for all men
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned…. Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous” (Romans 5 6-19)
There are many more verses to share, but I will not write them all out as above…
Here are the other verses that Don provided. Work through in your quiet time with the LORD. Spend time reading, meditating and praying through these verses. It will be such a blessing.
6:4 We have been buried with Him through baptism into death …
6:12 Do not let sin reign in your mortal body …
6:21 What benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed?
7:4 You also were made to die to the law through the body of Christ
7:13 Did that which is good become a cause of death in me? …
8:1 There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus …
12:1 I urge you brethren, by the mercies of God
13:2 Whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God
13:12 Let us lay aside the deeds of darkness
13:5 It is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath …
14:13 Let us not judge one another
14:16 Do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil
15:7 Accept one another just as Christ has accepted us …