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Ruminating on ROMANS! (Some Thoughts on Paul’s Great Epistle) #4 THE WRATH OF GOD!(Romans 1:18-20)

Many of you know that my New Jersey friend Frank and I are reading through God’s Word together (described here). We’re now in the book of Romans and are reading chapter 1 each day this week. Here is something that I noticed in reading this chapter:A few observations on the WRATH of God in this passage —

I. Is being revealed . . .

II. Is against all the godlessness and wickedness of people . . .

III. These people are those who suppress the truth by their wickedness . . .

IV. The clarity of God and His character (vv. 19-20)

V. Creation testifies to God’s eternal power and divine nature (v. 20)

VI. People are without excuse (v. 20)

There is much in the Scriptures about the WRATH of God. In fact, I wrote an article a few years ago entitled “Warning a Wrath-Deserving World” and it may be accessed here.

Could it be that some in our culture need to hear more about the WRATH of God? I’ve had a person yawn in my face when I told him of God’s love. But when I talked about God’s WRATH — and how I deserved that wrath — he didn’t yawn. He listened. Just a thought.

 

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2020 in Romans 1

 

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Ruminating on ROMANS! (Some Thoughts on Paul’s Great Epistle) #3 “I Give Up!” (Romans 1:21-28)

Many of you know that my New Jersey friend Frank and I are reading through God’s Word together (described here). We’re now in the book of Romans and are reading chapter 1 each day this week. Here is something that I noticed in reading this chapter:Does the Lord ever say, “I GIVE UP!” Of course not! But He does say “I GIVE OVER!” Note in this section of Romans 1 God’s reaction to man’s rejection of his Creator:

(1) God “gave them over” in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another (v. 24). This “giving over” was God’s response to their exchanging God’s truth for a lie and for worshiping created things instead of the Creator.

(2) God “gave them over” to shameful lusts (v. 26). If verses 26-27 aren’t a condemnation of homosexual behavior, I don’t know how clearer God could have said it!

(3) God “gave them over” to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done (v. 28). Why did He respond this way? Because they “did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God (v. 28)!

These are somber verses. But they seem to describe perfectly much of our world’s present state. Oh, how we need to pray for our friends and neighbors and relatives to come to know the true Creator so that they will not be “given over.”

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2020 in Romans 1

 

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Ruminating on ROMANS! (Some Thoughts on Paul’s Great Epistle) #2

Many of you know that my New Jersey friend Frank and I are reading through God’s Word together (described here). We’re now in the book of Romans and are reading chapter 1 each day this week. Here is something that I noticed in reading this chapter:

The reason Paul’s not ashamed of the gospel is because it is God’s power to save – – anyone! But only those who believe.

Paul defines the gospel as “the power of God that brings salvation.” We in our sinful condition are powerless to save ourselves, even when we thought we could! Only God’s power can rescue and redeem lost sinners!

And what is the purpose of that gospel? To reveal the righteousness of God! We know that God is righteous — and that we are not. How does the gospel reveal the righteousness of God? Because His righteousness is given us . . . by FAITH. Not by our works, but by His grace through faith in Christ.

How could one possibly be ashamed of this kind of gospel?! I love the statement by pastor Steve Brown when he says, “When I share the gospel with people, I’m worried about what people will think about Christ. And about what they will think about me. But mostly, about what they will think about me.”

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2020 in Romans 1

 

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Ruminating on ROMANS! (Some Thoughts on Paul’s Great Epistle) #1

Many of you know that my New Jersey friend Frank and I are reading through God’s Word together (described here). We’re now in the book of Romans and are reading chapter 1 each day this week. Here is something that I noticed in reading this chapter:

The Apostle Paul is called by God to be an apostle (“a sent one”). Followers of Jesus are also called to do the same. Not in the technical sense of “apostle” (that office is over), but in the sense of being “on mission” for God.

Like Paul we are called to call others to faith in Christ! And please notice that we are not just calling people to believe or have faith, but to the obedience that comes from faith (v. 5).

But our primary calling is to belong to Jesus Christ (v. 6). Upon conversion we become His. We no longer belong to ourselves, but to Him who bought us with His blood!

And, lastly, we are called to be His holy people. Holiness does not come automatically. Of course, salvation is instantaneous and is not assisted in any way by our efforts. But holiness, growing into the likeness of Christ, is a daily battle against our sin natures and a constant make-every-effort life for the believer.

 

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2020 in Romans 1

 

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