June 15/Romans 1

Verses 1-3 > These two words, “Good News” , are used together 129 times in the New Testament in the New Living Translation which is the translation that I use for this blog. They are used 16 times in the book of Romans. Paul uses these two together three times in the these first three verses. Paul risked his life to tell people the Good News. He was beaten, flogged, stoned, shipwrecked, went hungry, imprisoned and finally killed because he told people the Good News. To Paul there was no other news worthy of dying for or telling than this Good News.

What is the Good News? Well according to these three verses the Good News is from God, promised by God, and it is about God’s son Jesus Christ. The Good News is that through God’s son Jesus we can have peace with God! Our sin had separated us from a holy God so God sent his son Jesus Christ to die in our place for our sins so that we could be accepted by God as his sons and daughters. When we believe that Jesus died for us and we repent of our sins and turn to God, God forgives us and wipes our record clean for all eternity and saves us from the consequences of our sin which is death, both physical and spiritual! He never uses these sins against us, ever! Because of this we have a place in heaven when this life is over. This is called the grace of God; unmerited favor. We do nothing to earn this salvation it is total grace!

Romans 8:3–4 (NLT) — 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. 4 He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

I have included the following verses about the Good News for your information.

Acts 10:36 (NLT) — 36 This is the message of Good News …—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.

Acts 14:15 (NLT) — 15 “Friends, why are you doing this? We are merely human beings—just like you! We have come to bring you the Good News that you should turn from these worthless things and turn to the living God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them.

Acts 20:24 (NLT) — 24 But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.

Romans 1:16–17 (NLT) — 16 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. 17 This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”

Ephesians 1:13 (NLT) — 13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.

Colossians 1:6 (NLT) — 6 This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.

Verse 4 > Jesus Christ proved who he said he was, God,  when after dying and shedding his blood on the cross, he rose from the dead. This same Holy Spirit who brought new life to Jesus’ dead body is the same Holy Spirit that God gives to us when we believe in Jesus! Just as he helped Jesus live this life for his Father God he will help us to live this life for God. Lord means that Jesus is now in charge of our lives. We are no longer the boss.

Romans 8:11 (NLT) — 11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

Verse 5 > God’s will for all people is that they will hear the Good News about Jesus Christ, believe in Him, obey Him, and live lives that bring glory to God.

Back in high school in Crosby, North Dakota, I tried out for the basketball team. When the tryouts we over I made the team! That was an exciting day for me. Our coach, Mr. Huber, called a team meeting. In the meeting he reminded us that we now represented the Crosby Maroon basketball team. We were to be to class on time, do our homework, respect our teachers, no smoking, no drinking alcohol, be at the practices, wear a sport coat and tie on game day (you can tell that was a long time ago), and honor the curfew! He said that our behavior better not give the team a bad name.

How much more does God deserve us not giving Him a bad name?

Verse 6 > Hilltop we belong to Jesus!

Verse 7 > Just like I was set apart as a member of the Crosby Maroon basketball team we are set apart (that is what holy means) for God. Just as my behavior reflected on the team our behavior reflects on God. Two identifying marks of our basketball uniforms were maroon and gray. Two identifying marks of the Christian are grace and peace.

Verse 8 > what a wonderful thing it would be if people were talking about the faith of the people of Hilltop.

Verse 9 > We are all called to spread the Good News about Jesus. Our behavior goes a long way in spreading that Good News. Hilltop I do pray for you.

Verses 16-17 > These verses contain the Good News in a nutshell. I don’t want to be ashamed of it do you?

Verses 18-32 > These verses explain what happens when people do not receive the Good News. Do you see how crucial the Good News is to our world? Just recently in an Orlando, Florida night club shooting by on individual 50 people were killed and 53 others were wounded and some of the wounded may still die. This happened because basically the Good News wasn’t accepted or maybe never heard.

Hilltop we are the bearers of Good News! This Good News if full of grace, mercy and love. Grace saves us, Mercy spares us and Love pardons us!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    In the last section of the chapter it discusses those who do not follow God’s requirements. God does not punish then but also dies not remove the punishment, or consequences, of their actions. God’s version of sex was to have children which are brought up in the Lord but homosexuality leads to disease. The disease is not a punishment created by God but a result of the action. The same is true of worshipping an idol instead of God. The blessings of God only come from following Him, while there are curses and lack of blessings as the result of idol worship. The basis of the Good News is the restoration of the relationship between God and man.