Rom 1:18-4:25

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  • Rom 1:20. We live in a day when many deny the existence of God even after witnessing the intricate glories of nature. Paul reminds these people that they deny God at their own peril. God designed the universe as a manifestation of his power and glory. Yet many turn a blind eye to that manifestation, instead insisting that all things in the universe came about through random chance events. As the Book of Mormon says "when they are learned they think they are wise." Verse 22, "professing themselves to be wise, they became fools." Because they have learned a few things about the laws and materials of nature, they claim to far more than they actually know, insisting in a Godless universe controlled by chaos and chance. Yet their belief in a Godless universe is even more absurd than the many religions they claim to repudiate. However, for an honest viewer, God's hand is self-evident. The universe is "clearly seen" to be the work of a Creator.
  • Rom 4:21. Was Abraham's faith a perfect assurance of God's promise, or was it a trust in God's ultimate power and ability to do it, whether or not it actually turned out that way? Paul seems to indicate that it was in God's power and ability to work miracles in general, but not necessarily a "prophetic" trust in an exact future outcome. God was "able" to perform. That was the truth Abraham trusted in.

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  • Rom 2:28. This same thing could be said about many of the labels we use in our lives. Are we outward Christians or inward Christians? re we outward husbands, or inward husbands. We may flatter ourselves that because we have done works that make us a good Christian, or a good husband or wife, or elder. However, our outward manifestations ultimately mean nothing. It is our hearts that truly matter.

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  • Rom 1:21: They. Who is "they" Paul is referring to in this verse? Is Paul giving a sort of history of the world in general in verses 1:21-32? Is "they" a particular group of people, perhaps the Jews?
  • Rom 2:7-10. Is it good to seek for glory and honor?


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