Daily Scriptural Truth – March 21, 2012

 

Romans 1

The Gospel Exalted

1 Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, [a](A)called asan apostle, (B)set apart for(C)the gospel of God, 2which He (D)promised beforehand through His(E)prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son, who was born(F)of a [b]descendant of David (G)according to the flesh, 4 who was declared(H)the Son of God with power [c]by the resurrection from the dead, according to the[d]Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and (I)apostleship[e]to bring about the(J)obedience of faith among (K)all the Gentiles for His name’s sake, 6among whom you also are the (L)called of Jesus Christ;

7 to all who are (M)beloved of God in Rome, called as[f](N)saints: (O)Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

8 First, (P)I thank my God through Jesus Christ [g]for you all, because (Q)your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world. 9 For (R)God, whom I (S)serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly (T)I make mention of you, 10 always in my prayers making request, if perhaps now at last by (U)the will of God I may succeed in coming to you. 11 For (V)I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be[h]established; 12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine. 13 (W)I do not want you to be unaware, (X)brethren, that often I (Y)have planned to come to you (and have been prevented so far) so that I may obtain some(Z)fruit among you also, even as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 (AA)I am[i]under obligation both to Greeks and to(AB)barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15So, for my part, I am eager to (AC)preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.

16 For I am not(AD)ashamed of the gospel, for (AE)it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the (AF)Jew first and also to (AG)the Greek. 17 For in it (AH)the righteousness of God is revealed [j]from faith to faith; as it is written, “[k](AI)BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”

Unbelief and Its Consequences

18 For (AJ)the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who (AK)suppress the truth[l]in unrighteousness, 19because (AL)that which is known about God is evident [m]within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For (AM)since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, (AN)being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not [n]honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became (AO)futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 (AP)Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and(AQ)exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and [o]crawling creatures.

24 Therefore (AR)God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be(AS)dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for [p](AT)lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, (AU)who is blessed[q]forever. Amen.

26 For this reason (AV)God gave them over to(AW)degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is [r]unnatural,27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another,(AX)men with men committing [s]indecent acts and receiving in [t]their own persons the due penalty of their error.

28 And just as they did not see fit [u]to acknowledge God any longer, (AY)God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are(AZ)gossips, 30 slanderers,[v](BA)haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil,(BB)disobedient to parents,31 without understanding, untrustworthy,(BC)unloving, unmerciful; 32and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of(BD)death, they not only do the same, but also (BE)give hearty approval to those who practice them.

The book of Romans is, with maybe the exception of Hebrews, the most doctrinally packed book in the Bible. The doctrines and precepts are multitudinous and immensely expressive in the details or bearing out the Christian way of life. Below you will find the 20 stages of World Apostasy as laid out above.

  1. They did not glorify God (verse 21)
  2. The y became unfaithful (verse 21)
  3. They took on vain imagination (verse 21) [This means that their thoughts were corrupted {they were thinking worldview instead of the ways of God}]
  4. They became darkened in heart (verse [This means they had develop scar tissue of the soul {they had become indifferent to the will of God and were no longer able to tell right from wrong}]
  5. Professed to be wise (verse 22)
  6. Became fools (verse 22)
  7. Changed Gods glory (verse 23) [they were idolatrous]
  8. Dishonored their bodies (verse 24) [expresses a scriptural term that applies to homosexuality and other sexually perverted sins between both men and women]
  9. Changed the truth to a lie (verse 25)
  10. Worshiped the creation rather the creator (verse 25)
  11. Served creatures, not God (verse 25)
  12. Submitted to vile passions (verse 26)
  13. Lesbianism (verse 26)
  14. Men went to sodomy (verse 27)
  15. Rejected the knowledge of God (verse 28)
  16. Took on a reprobate mind (verse 28)
  17. Became completely perverted in their sexual behavior (verse 28)
  18. Full of iniquities (verses 29-31)
  19. Despised the coming judgments (verse 32)
  20. Glorified wickedness (verse 32)

The question is simply: How far do we have to look in order to see all of this in today’s society?

Bishop Rick Wallace

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