Musings on….. Romans 1

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I was reading Romans 1 for my bible study on Thessalonians and it just really hit me. hard.

Verses 1-7 is an intro and a  little prayer to the Roman believers.

Verses 8-17 Paul laments how he longs to visit them and preach the gospel.

Verses 18-20 describes the wrath of God being revealed to the godlessness and wickedness of people who suppress the truth.

Paul states that God has been clear about His truth so that people are without excuse.

Verses 21-23 They knew God, but did not glorify or thank Him, their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. They worshiped images of things on earth instead of the immortal God.

Verses 24-25 THEREFORE, because of the foolishness of worshiping idols and forsaking the truth, God gave them over to the sinful desires of the their hearts.  Sexual impurity. degrading of their bodies.

They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped created things rather than Creator.

Verses 26-27, BECAUSE OF THIS, meaning because they worshiped creature instead of creator, God gave them over to shameful lusts.

Women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.

Men exchanged natural sexual relations and were inflamed with lust for one another.

Men committed shameful acts with other men.

AND

received in themselves the due penalty for their error. [no time to look references up for this particular sentence]

Verse 28-31 FURTHERMORE, they didn’t think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so He gave them over to a depraved mind.

They do things they ought not to do.

They have become filled with every kind of wickedness,

evil, greed and depravity.

They are gossips, slanders, God-haters,

insolent, arrogant and boastful.

They are FULL of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice.

They invent ways to do evil, they disobey parents.

They have no love, no fidelity, no understanding, no mercy.

They NOT ONLY continue to do these things [listed above] but they know such things deserve death

AND also approve of those who practice these things listed above.

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There is quite a punch in those truths of God, isn’t there?

Who are these people Paul speaks about here?

Is my son one of them? Am I one of them? What are the main points here? What is Paul trying to say here?

Is it about the truth vs lies people choose to believe?

Is it about the unnatural sexual acts? or just the basic list of sins we should focus on?

What hope is there for such people?

Little further into the book of Romans we find:

chapter 5:  6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

chapter 6:11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

 Chapter 8:5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

and

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Also –

Ephesians 2

1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,

2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,

3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,

5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)

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Oh, this post is way too long, help a sister out and throw me any more scripture that answers the above questions.

The Home Engineer

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2 responses »

  1. Romans 3:21 But…

    Is the hinge that opened the door from the death that is sin to the life that is Christ – in my life. That “But” is the grandest but in the whole Bible.

    Law, “But” Gospel.
    ~~but if God darkened their hearts to be delivered into depravity, can He then bring them back out? or do they stay there forever? Did God ever enlighten Pharoah after his hardened his heart?

    • Deuteronomy 29:29 says the secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and our children forever…

      We can’t know what God has not told us, not should we speculate. We can know the law and we recognise when someone continues in sin. We don’t know what God will bring day after tomorrow, but we know what he has done in the past. We also know he has changed his mind in response to prayer. Pray God’s will.

      Of course God brings us out of depravity, it takes some of us dunderheads longer than others to realise that depravity is sin is death. That’s where the But in Romans 3:21 comes in. God saves us from our depravity. The Bible is a wonderful account of God doing just that!

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