The Christian worldview
A research paper to be submitted to Professor martin sheldon In Partial Fulfillment of the requirements For
BIBL 425 – romans
March 4, 2013
Table of Contents
Romans on creation, sin, and salvation
The plan of god in operation
eschatology in romans------------------------------------------------------------------------------------4 Conclusion
Though the Book of Romans is not a systematic theology, when one reads through Paul’s letter to these believers there is no doubt that Paul has delivered his message of grace with direction. As Paul opens this letter in chapter one he clearly explains his call, his connection, his commendation, and his concern, with those that he is writing to. “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,” 1 is how Paul submits to the message he is carrying to these believers and unknowingly the readers of today since God’s Word transcends time. This completely shows how a believer ought to be connected with this message and messenger today according to verses 1:1 - 7. Paul then gives them merit as their “faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.” One should wonder within themselves if this same commendation could be said of them? Paul’s Concern
As Paul moves from his introduction he jumps into the heart of the matter, his concern. To fully understand the concern of the message Paul is carrying one must follow it through from Chapter 1:15 – 16:27. Contained within these chapters Paul develops one of the greatest defenses of the Christian/Biblical worldview of his time. The Christian worldview Paul develops is simply put as “A disclosure from God [Source] to man [Recipient] of their sinfulness and unrighteousness without excuse as to their judgment [Wrath and Condemnation] but can otherwise be avoided through Jesus Christ [Justification] and because of this through the Holy Ghost [Sanctification] that man might live exalting his Creator with eternal life.” As Douglas Moo indicates in his commentary of Romans, “Only by understanding the “bad news” can we appreciate the “good news.”2 Romans on Creation, Sin, and Salvation
In the first chapter, Paul begins with God’s creation and the Creator, explaining the fact that all men are inexcusable in their rejection of Him. When reading through this a definitive theological perspective can be formed about God and His creation, The heavens and nature clearly teach us two things: First, His eternal power. Second, His Godhead. In other words, nature teaches us that there MUST BE a Creator…a Supreme Being…a Master mind—behind the heavens and the creations around us. If He is Creator, then He ought to be worshipped and is worthy of all worship. Therefore, “they are without excuse” (GREENE)
From the vilest to the most moral of men, whether Jew or Gentile the judgment of God is “guilty” upon all, His wrath abides upon all, and is deserving for all. God is Holy and Righteous and nothing can be compared to Him. Man is always trying to show forth and justify themselves in light of this. This is not acceptable according to Paul in Chapter Three, he states “for there are none righteous, no not one.”3Chapter three also condemns man in saying “for all have sinned and come short the glory of God.”4 Dr. Harold Sightler in his commentary says, “This is an announcement, a declaration of fact.”5 Man tries to justify himself, only to find out that because of our unrighteousness’s we are sinners, and since sinners deserving of the consequence of sin, that is death both physical and spiritual. Romans 6:23 states “for the wages of sin is death.” If left with this “bad news” then there would be no hope, no purpose to our lives, but since we have such a wonderful Creator, He delivers His gospel to us, that though the “wages of sin...
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Sightler, Harold B. Romans. Greenville: The Bright Spot Hour, 1999.
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