Today’s Bible Reading: Romans 1
Today we begin reading the book of Romans, arguably one of the most theologically dense books in the Bible. It was written by the apostle Paul to a church he had not yet visited, to people he had yet to meet. Romans is the gospel. The gospel tells us what it takes to be “righteous” or right with God.
Paul introduces himself as “a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News” (Romans 1:1). He goes on to tell his audience how he got this news, and who it is about. Paul then lays out the case against sinners (us) as any prosecuting attorney would, each piece of evidence undeniable by us, the defendants. But he gives us a glimmer of hope.
16 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. 17 This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”
For the rest of chapter 1, and all of chapters 2 and 3, Paul lays out the case against us—all of us: religious, irreligious, believer, non-believer. He makes it clear that we have no standing before God.
You know the feeling you get when you are not right with someone you love or care about? You’ve done something or said something that you cannot fix or take back, no matter how much you wish you could. There is no way to make it right. This is where we stand with God. We all have done things, lots of things, that go against the plan God has for our lives. These things, these sins, separate us from God and there is no undoing them.
So where is the good news? It’s this, which Paul tells us in Romans in great detail:
- God loves sinners (all of us).
- We (all of us) cannot do anything on our own to make ourselves right with God.
- Jesus makes a way for us (all of us) to be right with God.
- Faith in Jesus results in the power of the Holy Spirit living within us.
Last weekend, Ben talked about how, when it feels like everything is against us, we need to remember who is for us. Romans tells us that God is for us, so no one can be against us! Through faith in Jesus, God gives us the ability and the power to live lives that honor him! It’s a great book! Dig in!
When have you done something, you wish you could have taken back but couldn’t? What would you give to take it back?
In Romans, Paul calls the gospel “Good News.” If you do not have this Good News in your life, talk to a Christian friend about how to get it.
If you have trusted Christ with his Good News, go to GrowthTrack and discover your next step.
Heavenly Father, thank you for being for us! Thank you for making a way through Jesus for us to be righteous in your eyes. Thank you for your amazing grace! Amen.
This post was written by Lauri White. Lauri is one of the 25 people who God used to start CedarCreek 21 years ago, and was on staff until 2013. She and her husband Mike love to travel the country in their motor home with their kitties Jane & Mary. Lauri is passionate about prayer, and about helping women discover who they are in Christ. She doesn’t tweet but you can follow her and Mike’s adventures on Facebook.
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