The Necessity of the Gospel

Romans 1:18  The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness

Romans 3:9  What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin.

Romans 3:23   for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Apostle Paul makes a case for the necessity of the gospel. If the gospel is the Good News, what then is the bad news, one could ask. The bad news is that humanity is lost and cannot find their way out of the mess (sin). People do not naturally do the will of God. It is in their nature to be rebellious and godless. This is contrary to what we have been taught to believe; that we are essentially good. Sin blinds us from knowing and acknowledging God. Sin makes us hostile towards God, ourselves, our neighbors and reality. One of the consequences of sin is denial of God or living one’s life as though God does not exist.

God is knowable because He has revealed Himself to us. No one has a just reason for not believing in God. Creation reveals who God is (divine nature) and what He does (eternal power). Everywhere and everything we turn to, points us to God. Yet, this is not obvious to everyone. Human rebellion leads to idol worship. When people reject God, they create their own gods. There is no such a thing as a spiritual vacuum. Everyone was created to worship God but because of the Fall, worship can be misdirected to creatures rather than the Creator.

As a result, God’s wrath is revealed “against all the godlessness and wickedness” (Romans 1:18). God’s wrath is His Righteous hatred and anger towards sin. People who persist in their sinfulness are given up to their sinfulness. They rationalize and then accept their sins, deceiving themselves that God approves of their sinful lifestyles and that they can continue to sin and have fellowship with God. When people are so bent on having their own way, God gives them over to their ways (sinful desires) – to depravity  (Gen. 6:3). We are daily bombarded with lies about our identity and purpose. Believers in Christ should always weigh the propositions of our culture against the truth of God’s Word.

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