They deserve to die (Romans 1; Esther 6)

“Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them,” Romans 1:32

“Everyone reading this blog deserves to die!”  Wow, the previous sentence seems harsh and it seems to many, anti-God.  But upon deeper investigation of the book of Romans one discovers, Rom 1:18-3:23, the reality that all men are condemned to death for their rebellion against God.  Paul sums us this fact in the first part of Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death.”

Before us is the book of Romans.  Without a doubt Paul’s greatest honor in all the inspired writing’s from the Lord.  Some label this as, “The theological constitution of the church.”  R.C. Sproul comments in the introduction to Romans, “Romans is Paul’s fullest, grandest, and most comprehensive statement of the gospel,” Cited from Pg. 1611, “Reformation Study Bible.”

Chapter one gives us both the author and his desire.  Paul is the author and his desire is to come to Rome to bear fruit in the gospel.  It is this gospel that has taken hold in Paul’s life:

  • Paul is under obligation to the gospel, 1:15
  • Paul is overjoyed by the gospel, 1:16-17
  • Paul observe’s the world through the lens of the gospel, 1:18-32

Think it through:

This gospel was proclaimed by the prophets, “Jesus the Son of God would come.”  Paul saw the resurrected Christ (I Corinthians 5:5-8; II Corinthians 12:1-3) and Paul proclaims Jesus to be the Son of God.

This gospel has so changed Paul that he is overjoyed to proclaim the gospel to every person.  He knows of the power of the gospel.  He also know’s that all who rejected the gospel will spend eternity apart from God living out a spiritual death in hell. This is what drove him to go everywhere.

But Paul also knew the world was in darkness.  Their sin was ever before him and ever before God.  The description of men’s rebellion is clearly seen in our world.  Paul is proving, “they deserve to die.”

Brothers and sisters, this is the amazing part of the gospel.  Even though men deserve to die, God has given grace in the coming of Jesus so that men would not perish, John 3:16

As we read through the book of Romans, allow the richness of the this truth to grip you as you study the great Theological Truths of our Faith.

Our response:

May we live as men in love with the God who in his mercy has delivered us from a death we deserved!!!  May we proclaim the gospel as living men who want all men to be alive in Christ. May we worship the God who has given us life.

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