Read Romans Chapter 1
Paul, a prisoner, a bondservant of Christ, an apostle separated to the gospel of God writes to the saints in Rome. He writes to encourage the believers and to share the gospel of Christ with anyone who will listen.
For the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written “The just shall live by faith.” That is one of the many beauties of the gospel. Faith in Christ is all you need to become righteous in God’s sight.
Anyone can believe because God makes Himself clearly seen through all His creation. His eternal power is understood by all the things He made. The mountains bow down before Him. The trees clap with praise for Him. Even the rocks cry out His praises! Yes, all creation praises Him except man.
His crown jewel of all creation, with the ability to choose, chose to walk away from his Creator. Man chose to change God’s incorruptable glory into an image created by corruptable man.
What was God to do? His treasure, His pride and joy wanted no part of Him. Therefore, He gave them up to uncleanness, the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies and exchange God’s truth for the lie. They worshiped the creature instead of the Creator.
Once a person walks away from the Truth, they are given over to vile passions. Women exchange the natural use for what is against nature. Men also left the natural use of a woman and burn in lust for one another, doing what is shameful.
Paul goes on further in Romans 1:28-32, to list not one, not even ten, but twenty-six things that oppose God’s best for man. I encourage you to read the list. Rate yourself. See how many of how few of these things you actually do. But remember, even doing just one of these vile things makes us as guilty as someone who does all of them.
Why does Paul mention this awful list? Why do I need to see myself in that list? Don’t miss this!
Here we see God’s mercy and grace in all of its glory! God, knowing all the bad stuff, chose to correct the problem. We didn’t ask for help because we didn’t know how bad off we really were. We needed to put our self in that awful list so we could see our dire condition. Otherwise, we might miss the most wonderful blessing of all! God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, pure and righteous, to die for the penalty of all our sin. God’s wrath over sin was put on Jesus at the cross, so sin was forgiven!
How do we obtain this forgiveness? Here’s the best part…believe in Jesus. That’s it! Trust in what was already done for you. That, my friend, is what we call faith!
Every time someone puts their faith in Jesus, heaven rejoices, for another prodigal son or daughter has come home!
How about you? Have you trusted Jesus yet? If not, today is the day of Salvation.Don’t wait. Say a simple prayer, mean it sincerely from your heart, and God will welcome you into His family. Try something like this:
“God, though I don’t understand all of this completely, I want this forgiveness of sin. I trust Jesus died for me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
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