John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."

Saturday, August 24, 2013

2nd lesson – Why are we sinners?

2nd lesson – Why are we sinners?

Hello everyone, it is nice to be here one more time to be able to meditate on God’s wonderful Word together. May the peace of the Almighty God be with you as you join us in reading and studying His Word together. Today we would like to take a look a little at the church in Rome, and how the apostle addresses the subject to explain that we all are sinners.

Paul had not been in Rome yet, he arrived there three years after he wrote this letter. The heart (or nucleus) of the Church of Rome probably was formed by the Roman Jews that had been in Jerusalem at the day of Pentecost, according to Acts 2:10. “10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome.” 
In the 28 years since then, many Christians from different parts of the East had, for various reasons, migrated to the capital, including some of the converts themselves and close friends of Paul, (see chapter 16). The martyrdom of Paul and Peter probably occurred in Rome, about eight years after this letter was written.[1] (Halley 2000).
The context of this letter is very rich and Paul starts it by introducing himself to all the members of that church as a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God, (v. 1).
The next thing he tells them is: (v.2 and on)…  the gospel he promise beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life[a] was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power[b] by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from[c] faith for his name’s sake. And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.”[2]
You and I who are reading this letter that Paul wrote to the Romans, if we are in Christ Jesus, this word is also for us. So, let’s learn from it, amen?  
Based on this fact are you and I descendants of David as well? Are we descendants of Abraham?  _______________________________________________________________________
Paul explains also that his obligation is to teach all the people Jews and gentiles, and that he was not ashamed of it. And he teaches us by this that we should not be ashamed of it either. God loves us, and this whole letter is addressed to show us how God loves us even though we were still sinners when God came to show us love. Romans 5:8:  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Paul was not ashamed to teach the people around him where ever God sent him. Are we ashamed?
How do you feel about witnessing to people in our days? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
So, our question is today: “Why are we sinners? _____________________________________________________  
What does it mean to be a sinner? _____________________________________________________
Paul made an effort to explain to the church why we need a savior, and how everyone can be saved, and why we are sinners.
A universal necessity for a Savior.
Ro. 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” In chapter 1 of his letter Paul describes to the church the universal sinfulness of mankind. Paul describes in chapter 1:18-32 God’s wrath against mankind. Please check this passage out:
In verse 20 we see that God reveals himself to every human being.
20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
What is the most important part of this verse?________________________________________
God’s power and divine nature, has been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. This is a very important statement. God made the universe in such a way that it clearly testifies the fact that He created it. And that we can see and understand God´s invisible qualities. The apostle John writes about something that I believe fits right into this subject. “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” (1 Jo. 4:16). If we know and rely on the love God has for us, is because He has revealed it to us; correct? We can only rely on something we have knowledge about. This is the reason why Paul writes this letter to explain to the church why we are sinners, and why we need Jesus.
Chapter 2 Paul explains that there is no difference between Jews and gentiles, meaning that every human being is in the same boat, we all are sinners. We are born in sin; but; since, Jesus came to save us we have an option: we can become saints. Halleluiah.
From the day that Adam and Eve listened to the serpent that deceived them to go after their own way and eat from the tree that they were told not to eat; they fell from the grace of God. To sin means to miss the target, and by doing what they did, Adam and Eve missed the target what God had prepared for all of us. By this, they died spiritually. And now they needed to be brought back to life. God, prepared Jesus, as it says in Hebrews before the foundation of the earth as an offering for you and me to bring us back in the beautiful relationship God planned to have with His people.  
Hebrews 10: 5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; 6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased 7 Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will, my God.’”[a] Refers to what is written in Psalm 40:6-8.
Paul was trying to show to the Romans that Jesus was the savior of the world that came to redeem us. And in the next lesson we will continue to study about this wonderful message, we are born in sin; but, we have an option that God himself gave to us through His Son Jesus Christ: we do not need to stay in sin!!! Praise God!!!

[1] Halley’s Biblical Handbook, Page 607 about the letter to Romans.

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