Please read 1 Corinthians 16, Acts 19:21-41, Acts 20:1-3, and Romans 1. I’ll just list a few of my circles and highlights this morning – what are yours? Today’s reading causes me to look inward a little more today…. Am I a faithful witness to the Truth? Come on back after you have read the chapters, let’s visit.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel [c]of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” Romans 1:16 NKJV
Though Paul says “the Jew first”, we know the Gospel is for every person. The power of the gospel is without end, without edges, limitless. Without apology or shame, Paul proclaimed this powerful Word. If we truly believe that the end is death for those who don’t believe, how can we act any differently? What holds us back from proclaiming this truth?
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen” Romans 1:2
I wonder: are His invisible attributes clearly seen in me?
Romans 1:18-32 demonstrates a downward spiral that begins when we ignore the truth. I know it sounds harsh, but we have to remember: God is a Father, and His concern is for our best. (Remember the difference between fathers and children, we read in 1 Corinthians 5:14-16 a few days ago?) Like we learned of God’s character in the Old Testament, God has not changed and He is not unkind. God never acts without cause – the cause was our actions and the effect is our consequence, not God’s punishment.