There are some passages in God’s Word that we often read quickly without giving too much attention. Romans 1:1-6, Paul’s introduction to that letter, is one such passage. But there is a deep theological richness to the words with which Paul began his letter, and in this lesson and one to follow, we will examine some things about these six verses.
Life is precious. All human beings have a right to life that no man can take from them of their own volition. God has authorized capital punishment in the case of murder, but he hates the shedding of innocent blood. Since the 1970s, the blood of millions of innocent babies has been shed in abortion procedures across this country, and the practice continues to expand even today. God cares about the unborn, and he will not hold guiltless the one who unrepentantly takes the lives of the innocent. But when one repents, God will forgive.
Our God will judge the nations one day, and when he does, all his judgements will be right. He will never get it wrong, there will be no second chances. We must all be ready for that day.
Psalm 146:6 declares that our God, in whom we put our trust, is a God who keeps faith forever. He is a God who is always faithful and trustworthy. His promises will never come up short. Together, let’s study some of God’s promises, both conditional and unconditional, as well as some things that he didn’t promise.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the greatest news that has ever been heard. It is central to the life of a Christian, and must be our focus in all that we do. Paul appreciated how the Philippian church was involved in the spreading of the gospel, and he gives instruction to live as those who have been called by the gospel.
Our awesome God is one who is never far from us. He is not constrained by space as we are, but is near to us wherever we go, in the good times and the bad.
God’s power is beyond our understanding, and even beyond our imagination. So long as it is consistent with nature and his purposes, there is nothing that God cannot do.