Romans Lesson 2 Day 2
My answers to BSF study questions
Luther kept thinking about Romans 1:17, which says, the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, “He who through faith is righteous shall live.” The monk went on to say: “Night and day I pondered until… I grasped the truth that the righteousness of God is that righteousness whereby, through grace and sheer mercy, he justifies us by faith. Therefore I felt myself to be reborn and to have gone through open doors into paradise… This passage of Paul became to me a gateway into heaven.” Martin Luther was born again (via David Guzik)
3. God’s holy wrath and indignation (AMP) (emphasis added)
The Greek ὀργή (orgē), or-gay’; from G3713; properly, desire (as a reaching forth or excitement of the mind), i.e. (by analogy), violent passion (ire, or (justifiable) abhorrence); by implication punishment:—anger, indignation, vengeance, wrath.
God’s wrath is revealed (most translations,) is being revealed (only NIV,)— “to take off the cover, i.e. disclose:—reveal.” (Strongs)
Paul’s paragraph begins in verse 16 as he explains the gospel — the almost too good to be true news. In verse 17, Paul writes, “You see, in the good news, God’s restorative justice is revealed.” So, the purpose in the following verse about God’s wrath points out that everyone already knows God exists and that He desires to have fellowship with us.
Paul goes on to say in Romans 1:28, Since man chose to ignore God, God allowed them to pursue their own wicked and selfish interests. Because of mankind’s tendency, which God knew and planned for ahead of time, He poured all His wrath on Jesus. (see Romans 3:21-26)
Unless I’m misreading this passage, I think the premise of this question misses Paul’s point. The question refers to the old covenant mindset. The gospel is the new covenant. Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world. (John 3:17)
4. a. The heavens declare the glory of God
The celestial realms announce God’s glory;
the skies testify of His hands’ great work.
Each day pours out more of their sayings;
each night, more to hear and more to learn.
Inaudible words are their manner of speech,
and silence, their means to convey. Psalm 19:1-3 Voice
God’s creation in its magnificence enlightens us to His (Divine) nature. (Voice)
Creation itself makes His undying power and divine identity clean, even though they are invisible (Voice)
Looking at the sky and nature inspires me to turn my heart toward the Lord in awe, worship in worship, and in gratitude. I cannot imagine as some do how all of the unique elements and species of plants and animals came into existence without a creator.
It’s also an opportunity to point out to others the awesome creativity of our Heavenly Father.
These people are not ignorant about what can be known of God. (Romans 1:19a Voice)
God reveals His divine nature through our inner conscience.
Governmental laws to protect human rights reveal God’s loving kindness and righteousness.
b. Seek the Creator
Merely studying nature and the heavens shouldn’t be an end in itself. It should lead me to seek an intimate relationship with the creator and an understanding of His written word.
—to hold back, detain, retain (Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament)
The news and entertainment media suppress and slander the truth.
I confess and repent because I realize I complain about it more often than I DO something about it.
—Ask the Spirit of Truth to lead me into all truth.
—Stand for truth. One simple way to let my voice be heard is by joining in with OneMillionMoms.com.
—Teach heavenly thinking when I detect the influence of worldly thinking on my grandchildren.
—Love the Lord my God with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind (intellect). And love others as well as I do myself. (Matthew 22:37-40)
—Pray, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 2 Day 2 ~ Romans 1:18-20