Text: Romans 2 (Ruth 304)
The Book of Romans is a thorough treatment of Christian theology, covering human sin, God’s plan of forgiveness, the Good News of Jesus and instructions for Christian living. The opening chapters make it clear that people of every stripe need to pay attention to the Gospel, as nobody is exempt from God’s just judgment.
“Therefore you have no excuse, O man…” (Romans 2:1)
Excuse making is a universal human activity, from naughty three-year-olds to otherwise proper adults. Every single one of us do wrong things of some sort. And we all instinctively try to cover them up. The thing is, before an all-knowing God, we can never hide our faults. We are guilty before Him, and He always knows. We may choose to minimize our sin, even to ourselves, but it is a big mistake.
“…for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.” (Romans 2:8)
It is this bad news that opens the way for the Good News of a God who forgives and of a savior, Jesus, who took the wrath on our behalf. For our story of rescue to make sense, it has to begin with the recognition of our plight. We are all sinners in need of a savior. And we have one – Jesus.
in Him, Mike