[Linux4christians] Monday - Romans 1:16-31
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
Sun Nov 13 20:39:11 EST 2011
The Power of the Gospel
1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is God's power for
salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
1:17 For the righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel from faith
to faith, just as it is written,
The Condemnation of the Unrighteous
1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all
ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth by
their unrighteousness, 1:19 because what can be known about God is plain
to them, because God has made it plain to them.
1:20 For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes -- his
eternal power and divine nature -- have been clearly seen, because they
are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse.
1:21 For although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or give
him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts and their senseless
hearts were darkened. 1:22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became
fools 1:23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an image
resembling mortal human beings or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles.
1:24 Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to
impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. 1:25 They exchanged
the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather
than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
1:26 For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions. For
their women exchanged the natural sexual relations for unnatural ones,
1:27 and likewise the men also abandoned natural relations with women
and were inflamed in their passions for one another. Men committed
shameless acts with men and received in themselves the due penalty for
1:28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them
over to a depraved mind, to do what should not be done. 1:29 They are
filled with every kind of unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness,
malice. They are rife with envy, murder, strife, deceit, hostility. They
are gossips, 1:30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant,
boastful, contrivers of all sorts of evil, disobedient to parents, 1:31
senseless, covenant-breakers, heartless, ruthless.
1:32 Although they fully know God's righteous decree that those who
practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but also
approve of those who practice them.
Lord, You clearly tell us what You have done for us, the Gospel, and why
those who reject You are in trouble. May I be intentional in growing
toward You and away from unrighteousness.
Summary & Commentary
Paul then described the power of the Gospel
* to save
* everyone who believes
* offered first to the Jews
* then offered to everyone else
* the righteousness of God is revealed
* as one hears the Gospel
* "hears" because of ones faith-response (one's initial child-like
Paul then moves on to describe the condemnation of the unrighteous:
* All people are under the wrath of God
* Because they have sufficient evidence all around them that He exists
* Because there has been sufficient disclosure of His expectations
* Because they deliberately do that which they know to offend God
* Obvious, but not inclusive, sins are the worship of animal images,
covetousness, malice, envy, murder, strife, deceit, hostility, gossip,
slander, haters of God,
insolent, arrogant, boastful, connivers-of-evil, disobedient to parents,
breakers, heartless, ruthless.
* Therefore God has allowed people to reap the consequences of sin's slavery
* Death is the penalty for knowing "God's righteous decree", ignoring
it, and "approve of
those who practice them"
The Lord God overcame the sin of the Fall in the Garden of Eden. He
provided a way that we may be saved, He says that everyone who believes
will be saved, He first offered salvation to the Jews, and then He
offered it to everyone else (the "Gentiles").
Does Paul's description of "the power of the Gospel" describe your
Salvation is the result of a process, a series of God-ordained events;
the righteousness of God is revealed, as one hears the Gospel, and it
flows from the faith-response of the one being saved (one's initial
child-like trusting faith).
When have you observed the process of salvation unfolding in someones life?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to you which of the elements of God's "condemnation
of the unrighteous" may be part of your life.
Today I will join with my prayer-partner to pray that I may quickly
remove that which the Holy Spirit has revealed from my life. Permanently.
Be Specific ______________________________________________________
Tuesday's text will be:
Draw nearer to the Lord and He will bless you,
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day!
David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
Savannah-Statesboro needs a Bible College/Seminary!
Personal Site: http://bibleseven.com
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Teacher's Verse: John 7:16
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