We live in a natural world where we are constantly re-discovering our human identity, which is affected by the human relationships we make, and overall we are shaped by the culture, or environment in which we grow up in. We are going to take a look at what Romans 1-8 has to say about these particular areas in our lives, and how we can examine the scripture that transforms our perspective into a biblical one. Oftentimes, our opinion of how the world should be operating is quickly corrected by the guidance of scripture, the book of Romans being a great example.
• The Natural World
In the beginning, God created the world and everything in it, making it evident that with ...view middle of the document...
5:12). Since the beginning of man’s corruption, from generation to generation, sin is inherited. A major theme that derives from this, Paul addresses to the Jews and Gentiles is legalism. Speaking mainly towards the Jews’ reliance on being justified by their self-righteousness, believing they could uphold the law, and use circumcision as an outward expression. Nonetheless, Christ came down from the comfort of heaven to conquer death and fulfill the law. By the gift of grace, and justification, He brings salvation and eternal life to all who believe. In addition, we as disciples of the way serve as instruments of his righteousness not under the law but under Grace (Romans5-6). This is where all Jews and Gentiles are called to gain an identity, within the glory and hope of Christ. My worldview is molded from this identity, being in Christ, every decision and action, determines the outcome of whether my integrity as a Christian remains. Testimony, for me, is as important as discipleship.
• Human Relationships
If we take even just a brief moment to examine the world around us, it is not long until you see someone hurt from gossip, kids disobeying their parents, and families torn apart because of adultery (Romans 1:26-31). Our sinful nature, or other wise known as the turning away from what God naturally made, caused God to give us over to all manners of wickedness (Rom. 1:26-27). Paul focuses on God’s wrath against human depravity, and the theme of humankind transitioning from the natural to the unnatural. Idolatry, exchanging truth for lies, and homosexuality are among the things deemed as unnatural relations (Rom. 1:23, 25, 26-27). Most importantly, Paul reminds the Romans not to judge others, as God does not show favoritism. We all are sinners and God alone will reward or punish every Jew and Gentile as he sees fit (Romans 2:1-10). I am aware that the primary relationship I must seek to constantly improve upon is with Christ. Remaining on the narrow path, not idolizing the things of the world, and focusing on the truth of scripture is how I do that. I know, because Christ made it known.
I completely agree that we are all individually a product of our environment, and the...