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#5 Righteousness of God

Beginning with Romans 1:18 we move into the main body and theme of this Epistle to the Romans. That theme is the righteousness of God. Here, we have the most logical, comprehensive and powerful treatment of this theme found in the Bible. It is known as the Gospel of God, the Good News of Salvation.

This theme was the major theme of Paul’s life and it has been the major theme of my life as a Gospel preacher.  That’s why God’s faithful preachers are known as Ministers of the Gospel.

This theme is found in four words in verse 17, The Righteousness of God. Let’s consider now this vital theme which we must understand to be saved from our sins and have a reservation to our Home in Heaven.

MAN’S DESPERATE NEED OF GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS

This theme is found in Romans 1:18 through 2:29. It involves bad news and good news. It is essential that every truth seeker know the bad news before he can understand and appreciate the good news.

The reason salvation is man’s desperate need is because he has departed from God by falling into sin in the person of our first father, Adam. You will see and understand this relationship with Adam as we progress through this passage in Romans.

To understand this Romans passage, we must also know the story of Adam and Eve, which you can read in the first three chapters of Genesis. There we read of the creation and the fall of man into sin. Let me warn you in advance. You are going to read some information which appears to be very unfair of God. But hold your thoughts. By the time we are finished, you will agree with me that God is not unfair. Indeed, He is most fair and exceedingly gracious.

Here’s the seemingly unfair part. We read in I Corinthians 15:22 “For as in Adam, all die.” But it doesn’t stop there with the bad news. It quickly adds the good news. “Even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” In other words, we are sinners because Adam, our first father, led us into sin and we inherited a sinful nature from Him.

But the good news is that because Jesus came as God in human flesh and as such, is perfectly righteous; because of His death on the cross for us and because of His resurrection from the dead, we can be given His righteousness as a free gift of God’s grace. Wouldn’t you agree that is more than fair? It’s the best news I’ve ever heard and I love sharing it with others.

You remember how Adam sinned with his wife, Eve, in the Garden of Eden by disobeying God and eating fruit from the forbidden tree. As a result, they immediately died spiritually and years later physically. They also passed on their sinful nature to their progeny. As a result the entire human race is born with a sinful nature and cursed by sin.

Those of us who put our trust in Christ, are born again into God’s family with a new nature that although not sinless yet, hates sin and desires to please God. See I Corinthians 15:22-23.

GOD’S WRATH

Not only is man spiritually dead, but he is also under the wrath of God. God’s wrath is not like man’s wrath, capricious and sometimes irrational and out of control. God’s wrath is a settled, perfect wrath against sin and against those who reject His salvation through Christ. Nahum 1:1-8 gives us a good description of God’s wrath. We as Christians must learn to have the same anger against sin, as David prayed in Psalm 139:21-22. The day is coming when God’s wrath will be revealed openly against His enemies on this earth. See Psalm 2:1-12, Psalm 7:11, Romans 1:18 and Revelation 6:12-17.

If you are familiar with some of the great Bible stories, you are already familiar with God’s wrath. They include God sending Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden and cursing the earth. God sending the Flood in Noah’s day that exterminated the entire human race, except for Noah and his wife and their three sons and their wives and the birds and animals on the ark. The physical evidence of the universal flood is found throughout the earth where fossils of creatures are found, some with grass in their mouths, evidence of a sudden catastrophe that killed them instantly and buried them under tons of earth and rock. Read John Whitcomb’s book on the Flood in Noah’s day.  Every death is a testimony to the truth of the curse God placed on man for his sin. God had warned Adam and Eve, “in the day you eat of the forbidden fruit you shall surely die. ”

THE DOWNARD SPIRAL OF DEGENERACY

As a result of man’s sin, three times in Romans 1:24, 26 and  28 we read of how God gave mankind up to live in sin as he chose to do. Read the warning in Proverbs 29:1 and Hebrews 10:28-31 of how God gives up on those who have been warned and continue in their sins. The mind of an unrepentant sinner who rejects Christ grows more warped, twisted, corrupt and demon-possessed until he reaches the border of spiritual insanity. Romans 1:32 The unrepentant sinner is like a man rushing at 100 mph towards a washed out bridge, in spite of multiple signs warning of the danger ahead. He rushes on ahead at top speed, enjoying the ride and taking his family with him to certain destruction in Hell.

THE NATURAL MAN HATES GOD

The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God, including salvation, according to I Corinthians 2:14. He is filled with self-righteousness and pride and has no use and no desire for God’s righteousness. He is antagonistic to Him. He refuses salvation and it is foolishness to him.

SALVATION, A SUPERNATURAL WORK OF GOD

One can only be saved as the Holy Spirit works in his heart, convicting him of sin and the need of trusting Christ. Salvation is not a trick which a preacher pulls on an unsuspecting prospect. Winning a soul to Christ does not happen as a result of psychological skills on the part of a preacher or a soul-winner. Winning souls to Christ is not something we can take credit for. It is the supernatural work of God. Our responsibility is to pray for the lost and watch for opportunities to present the Gospel to them. God alone does the saving.

REWARDS FOR LEADING SOULS TO CHRIST

We don’t save anyone. As Andrew brought his brother, Peter, to Christ, that’s exactly what we do. We simply introduce people to Jesus and let God do the saving. Proverbs 11:30 tells us “He that winneth souls is wise.” And Daniel 12:2-3 tells us that those who turn many to Christ will shine through eternity.

 FINAL WARNING

Dear friend, you are on the road to eternal destruction in Hell unless you have been born again by receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour from sin. God in His love, according to Romans 5:8, has provided His Son to be your Saviour from sin. Jesus promises in John 6:57 “Him that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out.” You must come when He draws you by His Spirit, or you will NEVER be saved. John 6:44 It is impossible for you to come on your terms and on your time schedule! God help you to turn to Him immediately if He is speaking to you. Now is the accepted time. Now is the day of salvation. Read II Corinthians 6:2 and invite Christ to come into your life and save you from your sins and from eternity in Hell.

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May 25, 2011 - Posted by | Romans

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