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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