Saturday, December 26, 2009

Romans 1: Christ Is The Righteousness Of God

Text: Romans 1

Theme: The gospel reveals the righteousness of God:


1. In Condemnation (1:18-3:20)
   A) Of Pagans (1:18-32)

Paul introduced himself as the servant and apostle of Christ, and his theme as the gospel of God's righteousness. This good news centers on the human nature (Son of David), divine nature (Son of God), and resurrection of Jesus Christ, teaching salvation through faith in Him (1-17).

After greeting Roman believers, thanking God for their testimony of faith, and sharing his wish to visit them, Paul began to show God's righteousness in the condemnation of pagans (18-32). Since God has revealed Himself to all men through creation (19-20) and conscience (32), even Pagans are "without excuse", because they suppress this knowledge with their unrighteous deeds (e.g., worshiping creation instead of the Creator, idolatry, lack of gratitude, etc.--21-32).

For this reason, God gave them over to their depraved desires, including homosexuality and general ungodliness (24-32). The gospel reveals the righteousness of God in the condemnation of pagans, since they sin against the knowledge of God in creation (19-20) and conscience (32).

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The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.