In the coming weeks we shall look at the Book of Romans, chapter’s 1-8 and discover how it can shape our view of the world. We shall consider; creation, salvation, eschatology (doctrine of last things), ethics, and theology. Wow, those are some pretty big words, but sit back in your favorite chair, get a cup of coffee, take off your shoes and enjoy the message that comes to us from the Apostle Paul.
If there ever was a time in history, that believers should demonstrate a Christian worldview. It would be today for “the storm is not coming it is here” Christians must understand and communicate biblical truths with conviction and live out those truths in their daily lives.
An evaluation of Paul’s letter to the Christians in Rome both Jewish and Gentile, presents evidence of creation, the consequences of sin, the nature and mission of Christ, faith, justification, sanctification by the Holy Spirit, the attributes of God, His ultimate goal and how a Christian should live in the world. In our post-modern society the Book of Romans provides today’s Christian’s with biblical foundation to defend their Christian worldview.
The Pauline writings in Romans speaks of Creation. Each day we witness creation. The world around us is filled with amazing beauty that compiles one to say, “There must be something or someone that has created life, the earth and the universe and beyond”. “For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen. We are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20, NIV).
Scholars and the scientific community continue to debate creation. But, the Word of God clearly and undeniably teaches that the earth and all the heavens were created in six 24-hour days. The Hebrew word “yom” in Genesis 1 the Hebrew word that translates “day” has several meanings. The word “yom” occurs 2,000 times in the Old Testament, and almost every case refers to a solar day, but when uncertainty arises, the Bible must be used to interpret itself. Noting the context of the word, other usages of the word, and other passages on the same subject.
Douglas Moo, author and commentator says, “This passage has sparked considerable interest due to the fact that nowhere else in the New Testament do we have a text quite like this, dealing with the fall and restoration not just of human beings, but the world in general.”
Paul also addresses natural creation in his letter to the Romans. He gives the impression that we are bond to nature (Romans 8:22-23). As a redeemed people who will one day be resurrected into a new world we should develop habits that enhance our current world. Humanity is dependent on its ability to maintain the environment and take care of our current world. Each morning you see a sun rise, in the evening stars, thunderstorms and life that is “nature”.
These alone should tell us there is a God that created everything in our world. As our natural resources have been destroyed, vast forest have been cut down and our water polluted. Who would have thought in the 60’s we have so many varieties of bottled water? Folks, we are losing our world but yet, we sit silently in our pews.
When God created Adam, He gave Him responsibility over the Garden of Eden. In comparison, God has given mankind the responsibility to protect and take ownership of the earth and its resources. Some would say that the Book of Romans is Paul’s greatest writings. I would be one of those people.
As we continue our journey, Paul will interweave many topics, the pentacle of his letter is Jesus Christ. Next week we shall unpack the Scriptures and see how we were dead to “sin” and God granted us “Salvation” through Jesus Christ. “Now to him who is able to strengthen you, bring about the obedience of faith to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.” (Romans 16:25-27)
Eddie is a licensed minister, a graduate from Liberty University with an A.A. in Religion/Christian Counseling. He is scheduled to graduate in May with a B.S in Religion/Christian Counseling and enter Seminary and a member of American Christian Counseling Association. He is a member of Norwood Heights Baptist, and serves as Director of “Reach Out Ministries, Readers or encouraged to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 903-391-07656