Contents: Words of comfort to the church at Rome. The universe, a revelation of the power and deity of God. The deplorable condition of a lost world.
Characters: God, Jesus, Paul
Conclusion: God has made Himself known to all men by the elements of His creation. Though men know He exists and might infer that it was their duty to worship Him only, they refuse to give glory to Him, instead ascribing deity to what He has made. They give themselves over to vile affections. Those who thus dishonor Him, will be given up eventually to the dishonor of themselves.
Key Word: Lust – Romans 1: 24
Strong Verses: Romans 1:4, 16, 19-21
Striking Facts: Romans 1:4 – The demonstration of the deity of Jesus Christ is His resurrection from the dead. The sign of the prophet Jonah (Matt. 12:39) was intended for the last conviction. Those who will not be convinced by that will not be convinced by anything.
The Messiah’s Gospel was presented first (Romans 1:16) to the Jewish people. Only then, was it offered to the Nations. As a point of fact, wherever Paul went as the Apostle to the Gentiles, he always sought out the Jewish people in that local and preached the Gospel to them first. Missiologically, there are many reasons why this approach should still be our practice today.