7 October 2014
Romans1-8 teaches us many things regarding how we were created, why we exist, and what comes next. More specifically, it emphasizes the natural world, our human identity and relationships, as well as the culture we live in. Throughout reading these chapters, I have also considered Paul’s teachings in my own personal biblical worldview.
In writing Romans, Paul reveals that God created the natural world in a way that is evident for all his people to see. He writes in Romans 1:19-20, “Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities-His eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made so that Men are without excuse.” God reveals himself to us in three ways: Creation, Scripture, and human flesh. With creation as one of these ways, there is no doubt Man can deny him. Yet, in Romans 1:24, Paul begins to show us how humans very denial and sin damages God’s creation. Man began to worship the creation instead of the creator. As stated in Romans 1:25, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the creator- who is forever praised, Amen.” While addressing the natural world, Paul must also address Man, for it is Man who destroyed it.
Through the various sins Paul shows us in Romans, we come to find our true human identity. Genesis 1:27-30 tells us that we were made in God’s image, and that apart from God we have no purpose or meaning. Yet, when mankind sinned (Adam), we were then set apart from God. Mankind believes he is wiser than God, and does not need him. We announce our existence separated from Him. From the second we are born, we are sinners. No one is perfect. Paul states in Romans 3:22, “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no...
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