The Book of Romans Series: “The Righteousness of God” (Part 4)

The Book of Romans (1)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” ( Romans 1:16–17 NIV) 

What is the letter to the Romans all about?

The Adam’s fall in the Garden of Eden resulted in in an upset and sharp change in man’s relationship to God and to each other (Genesis 3). Salvation is the restoration of a right relationship between man and his Creator.

The Apostle Paul was not ashamed of the “gospel” He was sent with authority and with a “commission” to preach the gospel. He received divine revelations that he was to share with the churches. His letter to the Romans pointed out how sinful human beings can get into a right relationship with a perfect and just God.

When we look deeply into our own hearts we may find selfishness, pride, lust, self-will, and rebellion there.  It may be difficult to imagine what we must do to bridge the gap between man and God. The good news is that Jesus died on the cross, was buried and rose again providing a way for humanity’s sins to be forgiven. The “righteousness of God“refers to is God’s liberating grace. A free gift that cannot be earned through works and good deeds.

The Gospel and God’s Wrath: God Reveals His Wrath

The Unrighteousness of All People (1:18-32)

The New Testament Gospel starts with God and tells us what we must do to please Him.  The contemporary gospel starts with us and tells us what God can do to please us. –Dr. Michael Brown, “The Fire That Never Sleeps: Keys For Sustaining Personal Revival

Understanding the character of God is important in your walk with Him. The Bible contains a record of God’s revelations of His character to human beings, His character is revealed through His relationship with them.

God is ‘love’ is a relevant statement because love is essential to God’s nature.

Paul’s main theme is the righteousness of God, but he presents it against the dark background of the divine judgment of God. He wanted to make sure they understood the true Gospel. His first subject after declaring the Gospel as the power of God unto salvation of everyone who believes addressed the wrath of God. The church tends to play this subject down or say very little about it. The topic of divine wrath has become taboo. How often in the past year did you hear a sermon on the wrath of God.? In may ways we have embraced a lukewarm version of the New Testament faith.

In Romans 1:18-32, the Apostle Paul’s message reveals the wrath of God against sinful humanity.

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them” (vs 18-19).

Wrath is an attribute of God.  He detests unrighteousness. There are many references in Scripture to the anger, fury, and wrath of God. Wrath is defined as rebellion against God’s authority. God’s displeasure and indignation against evil. God is not malicious nor vindictive. He is loving and kind …

 A holy God cannot be true to Himself and tolerate the presence of evil in His creation forever. “God would not be God if He did not hate sin.” 1 God’s wrath is nothing more than His hatred of sin and its consequences.

The good news preached by Paul is still transforming lives today!

May the grace, joy, and peace of God be yours through Jesus Christ our loving Lord. To Him be glory, now and forever.

Blessings,

Dr. Francine

Endnotes:

  1. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Romans, 8-9

Note: All Scriptures are taken from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.

 

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