There was a man…

…who loved to travel. He had a message that he wanted to share with everyone he met. And he carried it well. He spoke to philosophers. He spoke to laborers and slaves. He spoke to jailers… and the jailed! He spoke to men and women.

He didn’t care about race or religious background. He didn’t care if his audience was city slickers or country bumpkins. He didn’t care where someone just came from.

He had a message about God that was earth-shattering. He had a message about Jesus that changed everything. He had a message about the gift if grace from a God that truly loves His creation.

His name was Paul, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God. Paul shared the message of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to help us, all of us who belong to Christ, to obey His commands by faith.

And Paul longed to go to Rome.

The Gospel is God’s power made manifest in us – everyone who believes, regardless of race, background, gender, or wealth. We who believe are made righteous by our faith.

The Book of Romans is one of my favorites in the Bible. It opens with the righteousness of Christ for us and in us. And it clearly demonstrates the wrath of God on sinners.

But it takes that step to show us that we who believe that Christ died for our sin and was resurrected, even in our sinful state, are holy and pure in God’s eyes.

This is, as my oldest daughter would call it, a paradox. It doesn’t make sense. It confounds the wise.

So, read Romans with me. I’m about halfway through the first chapter. And let’s talk about it.

I don’t have all of the answers. I’m not a teacher/preacher/apologist… I just know what I’ve read and experienced. God’s Word is true. God is faithful. And all we really need to do is believe… and hang on for a wild ride!

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