In Romans we learn so many aspects of Christianâ€™s life. It tells us how we as Christianâ€™s should view the natural world, our identity and our relationship with others, our culture, and civilization. There is so much more we could learn from this book. In Romans 1-8 we will find that the information in it is so much that we will not get the full meaning of all the things it is saying unless we look deeper into it. Romans 1-8 takes us from our total inability to walk in good works, to Godâ€™s faithfulness in justifying, sanctifying, and glorifying us by our faith through Godâ€™s grace.
The Natural World
We all know that God through his own words formed the natural world. God spoke the universe and everything that existence in it. As Christianâ€™s we should know this because as believers, we believe the bible is a revelation of God and that it is not just a book written by human hands. Paul writes in Romans 1:20-21 â€śFor since the creation of the world his invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by things that made, even in his eternal power and God head, so that they are without excuse, 21- because although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkenedâ€ť. God made everything and he is showing those that disrespect him in his face with their sin himself so that when they know that there is a God and he created everything.
Our human Identity of who we as a mankind is that we all were made in Godâ€™s image. God created us equally, but he also gives us the free will to choose to serve him or not. In Psalm 8:5 it says â€śFor you have made him a little lower than the angels; and you have crowned him with glory and honor.â€ť And in Genesis 2:15 â€śThen the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it.â€ť We have many things that are wrong with us that we canâ€™t fix, so we need Jesus to justify, sanctify, and glorify us. We need all three those that we can be connected to Christ, live life, serverÂ him and when we die we will get to enjoy eternal heaven with him, and have everlasting life.
In Romans 12:8 it says â€śhe who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he shows mercy, with cheerfulness.â€ť What that verse is saying to all Christians is that our ethic is based all on love. We as humans know that relationships very confusing and are hardest part of life. We all have a sin against own bodies and souls, but it is a sin that is against others who were created in Godâ€™s image. If you are going to steal from your neighbor you might as well steal from God. We were all created in his image and we need to love and respect others just like we would God.
Paul says in Romans 11 that God will save some in Israel because most of them were elect by the Patriarchs. Romans 12 says as Christians we are to live as a living sacrifice to Christ, while doing all these thing in love and showing our love to others through service. We as believers are to be humble and serve others with joy, as believers we are to work with others to Christâ€™s redemptive work. Christ is merciful, righteous, sovereign, and just God. He wants us to love another like he loves the world.
â€śNo power in the sky above or in the earth below- indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord Romans 8:39.â€ť Itâ€™s so refreshing to know that I can always count on God to love me. Even when Iâ€™m unable to love myself God will. It is a wonderful feeling to know that I can have a relationship with God, where and whatever I do, or say or think will never make him not love me. God will always love and be with me no matter what. God wants us to live for him. He also wants us to lead others to him.
New King James Version Bible (NJKB)
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