Yay Romans! So much of our foundational theology is found in this book. We’re going to take it a little slower (one chapter at a time), because there’s a lot here we don’t want to miss. Let’s start with the Bible Project Intro.
I want to highlight this theme of the multiethnic family of God. If you’ve ever talked with me in real life, I’m sure you’ve heard me rave about this. I’ve lived a full life and I say the greatest heaven-on-earth experience is an international worship service. The more diverse the better. The climax of history in Revelation, is every tribe, tongue and nation worshipping God together. My heart sings, Jesus is for all of us!
Let’s dive in.
“You also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.” (1:6)
God has revealed Himself to mankind. He is impossible to ignore. Our best defense is to, at least, attribute His obvious existence and power to another ambiguous beings of our choosing.
He honored our decision to ignore Him, and let us make our own rules, leading us to self-deprivation. We’ve reaped the horrors we have sown, but as the introduction eluded, He had zero intention to leave us there forever.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…
Check out this list of rebellions: Envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice, gossip, slander, hating God, insolence, arrogance, boastfulness, inventing new ways of doing evil, disobedience to parents, not understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy, knowing it will kill, but doing it anyway, approving of others participation as well.
Don’t think about what you observe in other people, right now, just think about the ones ringing true for you. I can admit to pretty much all of them. I haven’t physically killed someone, but I’ve had murderous thoughts before.
UGH STRIFE!! I hate it! I love it! I have strife about strife! None of this is what Creater God created me for. He is the inventor of peace. Why do I argue with Him about peace? Why would I ever waste my creativity on new ways to be evil? No wonder a first century Jew who has had the Law for centuries would want to judge me.
Consider your motives and let’s see what Paul will say about this tomorrow.