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Biblical Worldview Essay

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Human identity can be summed up by looking at it from two perspectives. Who we are in our natural state and who we are in Christ. Mankind in his natural state is driven by his sin nature. Romans 1-8 perfectly lays out who and what we are in our natural state. It also lays out who and what we are in Christ. “For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin.” (Romans 3:9 NIV) In Romans 1:29-31, Paul gives a long list of wicked behaviors that are still prevalent in today’s society, which lets me know that we, in our natural state, are the same as we always have been. There are no exceptions to the rule, besides that of Christ. “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (3:23) Paul emphasizes in Romans 1-3 how people have tried to free themselves from their sin nature by depending on the Law to no avail. The Law could not bring about justification (Acts 13:39), produce righteousness (Galatians 2:21), produce life (Galatians 3:21), bring about perfection (Hebrews 7:19) or free the conscience from a knowledge of sin (Hebrews 10:1-4). (Johnson, 1896) The fact is that God’s standards are perfect and we alone can never live up to them by any religious act or moral behavior. The good news is that God knew all of this. He knew that by our strength alone, we could not overcome our own sin nature. He sent us a perfect sacrifice to permanently fulfill the Law. That sacrifice was his only Son, Jesus Christ. “God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.” (Romans 3:25) Through faith in Jesus Christ, the grace of God has been given to us. Now, rather than being bound we are made free. Instead of unrighteousness abounding in our lives, we have been made righteous. We no longer have to live in the bonds of our sins. “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” (Romans 6:14) Paul lets us know that we are now justified and glorified through Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:30)
Human relationships can be a touchy subject. Romans 1-8 is chocked full of how we should behave in relationships with other humans. Paul displays the character we should all strive to have. “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.” (Romans 1:8) Rather than show envy or jealousy toward the successes of the Roman church, Paul was thankful for them and acknowledges the fact that they have been heard of world wide. Paul knew and believed in the greater mission of spreading the word of Christ. Paul also makes sure to tell them, in verse 9, that he makes sure to pray for them. Notice that he “told” them. To someone having a difficult time, knowing that someone cares enough to go to intercede on their...

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