This week, our Bible Reading Plan shifts from Psalms to Romans in the New Testament (after Easter we will go back to Psalms). Immediately, we will see that Romans is a letter to a young church in a major city and it contains foundational theological teaching that supports faith that is solid and secure. As we read Romans, we will discover quickly that God has clear standards for how His people live. We can choose to disagree, but not without consequences. In chapter 1, we read that God has made His existence known. “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” (Romans 1:18-20) This explains why a belief in God is universal, although there are many expressions of this and many religions. We will see later that the one Creator God wants to be known and will reveal Himself to anyone that is willing to accept Him. Only one God sent His son to the world to rescue people from the consequences of their sin. There are many “gods”, but only one true God.
Sin leads people to choose their own standards for living instead of humbly seeking the Creator’s design. As we read, we see that God presents the truth to us so that we can have a close relationship with Him now and forever. “We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” (Romans 3:22-24)
Religion won’t save anyone; only trust in Jesus who died and was resurrected will save us. There are those who haven’t heard about Jesus and we can trust that God will treat them justly. Everyone has a choice. We can seek the truth and accept what God has revealed; or we can dare to think that we are smarter, go our own way and take the chance that it won’t matter. I believe that God can be trusted because He was willing to pay the highest price imaginable so that I could know Him. That is enough to convince me!