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Week 43 Day 2
The good news of the Gospel starts with
the bad news of sin
the sins we identify in ourselves and others
and those sins to which we are blind
Sin starts with rejecting God
and God's claim on our lives
sin is destructive
and means separation from God
sin often separates us from each other.
Paul's New Testament letters are personal
written to people he knew and loved
to Churches he had helped to establish
most were written in response to particular problems and needs
encouraging them to stand firm
in the things they had learned from him
This is not true for his letter to the Romans
Paul had not yet been to Rome
he had nothing to do with the founding of that Church
therefore the tone of Romans is less personal and more formal
And can you believe it! He starts out by talking about sin
first he starts with the sins of people in general
like those outside the Church
or those from another culture or sub-culture
certainly not anyone like me
but then he seems to move right into the Church
and cautions the believers against any feelings of superiority
you are guilty of the very sins you judge others of committing
Paul! Is this any way to begin a new relationship!
DESERVING GOD'S JUDGMENT
The human condition: Sin starts with rejecting God.
Romans 1 & 2
18The wrath of God is revealed against all ungodliness
of men, who suppress the truth, 19because what may be known
of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.
20Since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are
clearly seen in the things God created, so that they are without
excuse. 21Although they knew God, they did not glorify Him
as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts,
and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Professing to be
wise, they became fools, 23and changed the glory of the
incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man.
24Therefore God gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts
of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,
26Even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27Also the men, leaving the natural use of
the woman, burned in their lust for one another.
28They did not retain God in their knowledge, so God gave
them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not
fitting; 29being filled with unrighteousness, sexual immorality,
wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder,
strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30backbiters,
haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things,
disobedient to parents, 31undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving,
unforgiving, unmerciful; 32who, knowing that those who
practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the
same but also approve of those who practice them.
1Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are
who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn
yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. 2But
we know that the judgment of God is according to truth.
3And do you think that you will escape the judgment?
4Or do you despise the riches of His longsuffering, not
knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
5But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent
heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath.
6God will render 7eternal life to those who by patiently
doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; 8but to those
who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth--indignation and
wrath. 9Tribulation and anguish on every soul who does evil;
10glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good,
to the Jew and the Greek. 11For there is no partiality with God. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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