The Righteousness of God … Required! Part One Romans 1:1-2:16Romans - Just Right!
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Set Apart for the Gospel: Rom 1:1-17
Identity: “I am Paul, a bond-servant of Christ.”
Role: “I am a called apostle, set apart.”
Link: “The person and work of Jesus Christ.”
Assurance: “You are loved and called saints.”
Thanks, commendation: “Your faith … world.”
Interest: “I long to see you!”
Benefit: “I want to help you and bring a gift!”
Need: “I want us to encourage each other!”
Desire: “I am obligated, eager, unashamed.”
Seven “P” Keys to “Just Right!”
Purpose. Person. People. Prayer. Proclamation. Passion. Power.
The What and the What For!
Note each use of the word “for” in this logical progression. Also note Paul’s three “I am” statements.
Rom 1:14 I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 So, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for …
[the gospel] is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in [the gospel] the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
But, salvation from what? Why do we need this righteousness?
18 For the wrath of God is revealed …
Why We Need the Gospel: Rom 1:18-32
God’s wrath: His just, holy, righteous judgment of sin, such as …
Ungodliness, unrighteousness, suppression of evident truth.
Knowledge of God, but willful refusal to acknowledge Him.
Futile speculations, foolish hearts, and substitutions for God (idols).
They gave up God. Therefore … “God gave them over” to …
Impurity (1:24), degrading passions (1:26), a depraved mind (1:28).
Result: same-sex relations (1:26-27), improper behavior (1:29-31).
Practicing and approving what they know is worthy of death (1:32).
You Be the Judge! Rom 2:1-16
Note the shift from “they” (people in general) to “you.”
When you judge others, you automatically condemn yourself.
God has granted you His rich kindness, tolerance, and patience.
That should lead you to repentance! But instead …
You hard-heartedly refuse and store up more wrath against yourself.
At God’s righteous judgment, you will get what your deeds deserve.
If you have God’s written law, does it convict you? Yes!
If not, does God’s built-in law, your conscience, convict you? Yes!
That’s why you need the gospel!