每日诗歌: 不為明天憂慮 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65V5rXzYB60)
Psalm 62 [Read]
Psalm 63 [Read]
Psalm 64 [Read]
Romans 1 [Read]
To understand Jewish faith, one starts with The Pentateuch. To understand Christian faith, one starts with the book of Romans. Romans begins with Jesus Christ and the gospel of God (Rom 1:1), and it ends with Jesus Christ and the Wisdom of God (Rom 16:27). Such encapsulation appropriately conveys the essence of Christian faith, which is centered on Jesus Christ who is the gospel and the Wisdom of God.
In Romans 1, Paul opened the letter with an emphasis on the gospel. He was set apart to preach the gospel (1:1), he served God with his whole heart in preaching the gospel (1:9), and he was never ashamed of the gospel (1:16). To Paul, gospel was what he lived for and he was obligated especially to the Gentiles for the gospel’s sake (1:14). Gospel to him was not a new branch of philosophy or an intellectual challenge for the elites, but “the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” (1:16).
To understand the need of gospel for mankind, Paul began with a description of the sin-infested world of his time. The wrath of God was the main reason that mankind needed the gospel, and such wrath was caused by their sinful behaviors in the fallen world (1:18). In the second half of this chapter, Paul listed the specifics of such sinful behaviors. Since men did not glorify God nor gave thanks to him, God “gave them over” to their sinful desires; since men did not worship and serve the Creator, God “gave them over” to their shameful lust; since men did not think it worthwhile to know God, God “gave them over” to their depraved mind to do sinful things. Men’s sin caused God to let them do whatever they wanted, and that resulted in a downward spiral of the morality of the 1st century Roman Empire.
It’s impossible not to relate such description to the present society we reside. For each sinful behavior highlighted by Paul, if we are honest, we can easily find matching conduct in the 21st century. The relevance of such biblical teaching is undeniable, and the need of gospel today is as urgent, if not more, as that of 2000 years ago. As we begin to read this precious book, let us prepare our heart so that the grace of God through the gospel may once again shower unto our thirsty soul.
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