Tag: Romans 1

God’s revelation to all men!

Scripture reading for June 14th:  Romans 1

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Romans 1:18-20  “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–His eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”  

Paul’s letter to the Romans is a revelation of the gospel message of righteousness that comes by faith in Jesus Christ. In these verses Paul clearly states that all men have had the opportunity to see and understand God’s eternal power and divine nature through God’s revelation though creation.  Even though men have this revelation from God, Himself, they suppress this truth in unrighteousness.  They purposely block out what God clearly has revealed.  This willful suppression brings an ongoing revelation of God’s wrath upon them because sin brings death!  This wrath is seen in God giving men over to their sinful desires.  This willful exchange of truth for a lie leads to immorality with ever-increasing depravity.

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers realize that God has revealed Himself to all mankind through creation.  They call people to account with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, revealing the only way to righteousness–through faith!  “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.  There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.  Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”  (Psalm 19:1-4)

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Not ashamed of the Gospel!

Scripture reading for June 15th:  Romans 1

Paul wrote a letter to the church at Rome from Corinth during his third missionary journey to help them understand the Gospel and to clear up some issues between Jewish believers and Gentile believers.   He longed to visit them but had not yet done so.

“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God–the gospel He promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding His Son, who as to His human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.  Through Him and for His Name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.”  

Paul introduced himself to the church as a ‘servant of Christ Jesus’.  God had called him and set him apart to preach the Gospel–the good news of Christ Jesus the Son of God.  Jesus was a descendant of David–the Jewish king as foretold in the Scriptures through the prophets.  However, Jesus was declared with power from God to be His Son by resurrection from the dead as Christ the Lord!  Through God’s grace in Christ, Paul became an apostle and preacher to the Gentiles, as well as the Jews!

“I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes; first for the Jew and then for the Gentile!  For in the Gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.””  (Romans 1:16-17)

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