“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…” Romans 1:16
“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.” Romans 1:18
It did not take long for the city of Rome to become the center of Christian life and civilization in the ancient world. Although Christians disagree about the official role of the bishop who presided there, no one can discount that within a few generations at most, Rome was considered the center of the Christianity.
But before that occurred, Paul wrote his most complete theological treatise as a letter to the Christians who were meeting there. The opening chapter of Romans contains one of the Paul’s most stirring declarations – “I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God that brings salvation.”
At the same time this chapter makes a startling claim. The righteous judgment of God against human sin is showing up in the way that God is allowing human society to get worse and worse. When we deny that God exists and that He deserves our worship, we bring ourselves under that judgment.
Human wrong is the sickness. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the cure. We have to recognize that we have a disease before we know we need a doctor. As Jesus Himself said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners” (Mark 2:17).
Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC