SEPTEMBER THEME: Called to be Set Apart
In Romans 1:16, Paul spoke of salvation - but what are we saved from?
First and foremost, we are saved from the wrath of God that we righteously deserve.
From Romans 1:18 to Romans 3:20, Paul’s goal is not to just proclaim the good news, but to demonstrate the absolute necessity of the good news of salvation from God’s righteous wrath.
In His righteous wrath and judgment, God gives man up to the sin our evil heart desires, allowing us to experience the self-destructive result of sin. The result for suppressing the truth about God’s eternal power and divine nature is that He has given men and women over to their desires for sin, to the point where they are full of it and encourage others to sin as well (1:24-32).
J. Vernon McGee wrote: “Don't say that a loving God is going to send you to hell - He's not. The thing that's going to send you to hell is that you're a sinner and you don't want to admit it.” As much as we don’t like to admit it, we’re sinners and unless we admit it, humble ourselves and turn to the Lord for mercy and forgiveness, we’re in deep trouble!
Frank Sinatra sang, “I did it my way,” and so are many other people, to their own demise and destruction! As C. S. Lewis said: “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, in the end, "Thy will be done." All that are in Hell choose it.”
But the good news is there is a happy ending for those who accept God’s will and plan for their lives. ‘But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus’ (Rom.3:21-24)
Since you & I are both part of the ‘ALL’ Paul is referring to; where exactly have you placed your faith?
Rev. Ginette Howse
Malvern Christian Assembly