We begin our first study with Romans. We are reading chapters 1-3 this week.
As I read the first "wow" scripture that came to me was Romans 1:16-17
I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,[c] just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith.
The rest of chapter one (verse 18 and on) talks about men (and women) who are given over to idolatry, sexual immorality, and all other kinds of wickedness-even though they know about God. (Romans 19-Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse)
As I read verses 18-32 I thought about how humankind has not changed much-though I often think humanity is at it's worst today and we are living in the "last times" because of all the perversion I see in the world. Yet even thousands of years ago people chose to please themselves instead of honoring God.
Moving on.....another key verse was Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus It's an often quoted verse telling us that we are sinners and there is no redemption except through Jesus.
Before I dive in further and share my thoughts I'm going to wait for my sisters to chat with me and hear what they have to say- I can't wait to hear about their insights to the reading.