Guilty By Association—Romans 1:32

"Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them" (Romans 1:32)

Have you ever been guilty by association? I remember in high school our teacher gave us a work day but warned us that if we talked during the class period, he would kick us out of class for the next two days. So for the next two days, while I was sitting in the Library during class, I remembered evaluating my choices of where and with who I sat. I thought to myself, perhaps I hadn't chosen very wisely.

Although I wasn't the instigators in the talking and goofing off that occurred, I participated and by that gave approval to it. When the teacher followed through with the punishment, I was both guilty of disobedience and guilty by association. One could debate that giving approval to sin is just as contemptible as participating in it.

In chapter 1 of Romans, Paul has eloquently laid out the case as to why man was helpless to save himself and why we needed a savior. Paul is building this foundation brick by brick and lays the last element explaining that everyone is accountable by association. Mankind blatantly did these things although they knew they went against God. Not only did they continue to do these things but also approved and applauded those who practiced them.

Just as witnessing a crime without objecting makes one an accessory, giving approval to the those who take part in sin is the same as participating in it. Stacking all of this reason upon one another, Paul has without a doubt proven the need for Jesus to be the one to stand in the gap and make peace with God for us.

Today, I encourage you to evaluate your life to see where you approve of sin. Look intently at those places where you are guilty by association and remove it from your life. Not because sin is a barrier between you and the Lord, but because we as Christians should be above reproach . Jesus has already paid the price and brought us peace with God, so we should live holy and blameless lives in this world to bring glory to him.

The Culmination of What Humans Became—Romans 1:31

"they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless" (Romans 1:31)

Today we reach the culmination of what humans became because they did not retain the knowledge of God from the beginning. Paul said that 'they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless...' If you've ever been around someone who displays these qualities then you know that they are completely self-centered and self-focused and there is no room for God or His way.

God never desired for it to be this way, in fact he created us to be in harmony and relationship with Him. Sin crept in and stole that reality and replaced it with all the evil that is so prevalent today. All of this started because we did not know God as He originally intended.

"Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless" ( Romans 1:28-31 ).

All of these things take place in the heart. Born into this world and into sin, these things abound. Jesus was talking with His disciples in Matthew and explained to them that what comes from the heart is what makes a man unclean or unrighteous. ( Matthew 15:19-20 ) Because out of the heart comes evil thoughts. The heart is where corruption starts. When our hearts are against God from the beginning then that is what comes out.

Fortunately for us, God has provided a way to escape the corruption of this world and the corruption in our hearts. He sent Jesus to fully redeem that which was stole in the garden. He redeemed mankind from the kind of life listed above. Colossians 2 says, "When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross." ( Colossians 2:13-15 ) Today it is my prayer that you have accepted the free gift Jesus offers and that you fully realize how free of this corruption you are. I pray that the life lived because of it is abundant in His grace.

God Provided the Permanent Solution—Romans 1:30

"slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents" (Romans 1:30)

Writing the past few days about the condition of man apart from God, made writing this blog hard. Looking at the list of items that humankind became because of the fall brought many moments of reflection for me. The truth is, without God we are in a hopeless situation.

God must have felt the same way, looking around at everything that man was, must have broken his heart. He knew we were in a hopeless situation without him. Paul told us in this passage that among other vial things, we became God-haters. We were hateful and hating God, and yet He still came to seek and to save that which was lost.

Mulling over this, brought me to a wonderful passage of scripture in Isaiah 59. I was saddened by the condition that sin left humankind in. In the midst of this condition, God looked around for someone to intercede and stand the gap between us and Him. Finding no one, Isaiah 59:16 says, that 'His own arm worked salvation for him'. Jesus brought us justice and victory and righteousness because God knew that He was the only one who could redeem us, so He did.

Because of this victory He declared in verse 21, "As for me, this is my covenant with them," says the LORD. "My Spirit, who is on you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouths of your children, or from the mouths of their descendants from this time on and forever," says the LORD." God saw the condition of man and made a permanent solution for the problem. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, then we are called out and separated unto Himself. No longer are we among those who are accountable to the items mentioned above. He gives us His Spirit to preserve and protect us.

From that time when Gods own arm worked salvation for us, sin was not a problem. The only problem that will keep you in the dark from knowing God, is not accepting his free gift of salvation through Jesus. If you can related to the things Paul mentions above, 'slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful...' then today, all you need to do is simply believe on the Lord Jesus. Paul says in Romans 10, "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame." ( Romans 10:8-11 ).

Permeated and Saturated with Wickedness—Romans 1:29

"They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips" (Romans 1:29)

I find it interesting that most of Paul's laundry list of transgressions isn't even in our top ten list of what we consider to be sin. By comparison much of the time we don't feel that participating in these things to be wrong. But notice that this lifestyle is what comes about by setting our face against the Lord.

Paul starts out by saying that 'they have become filled with every king of wickedness', the Amplified Bible says that they have been permeated and saturated with every kind of unrighteousness. The fruit of this life style is listed as well... envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice and gossipers. The next few verses will also cover more of these outgrowth of hardness of heart. But when you boil it down, it all comes back to not recognizing God as God. Throughout this whole passage in Romans 1, this is the root of the issue.

When you recognize God for who He is and what He has done for you, then the lifestyle that follows comes directly from relationship. I find it very easy to get caught away with the office chatter but have to tell myself to walk away from it. Proverbs 18:8 says, "The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts" Not only do they go down inside you, but as words spoken with mal intent, they will proceed to rot from the inside out.

Do I walk away from gossip because I feel condemnation from God if I don't? No, I walk away from it because God has already instructed me to and has also warning me against it. Because I know God and know His love for me, I know, these instructions come about for my good.

When we stop to recognize God and glorify Him as God, this solves the problem of moving towards a base and condemned mind. We will live our lives out of His love and goodness and be less willing or susceptible to the desires of the flesh. Today, I challenge you to take inventory of your life and weed out those things mentioned above so you can really live life to the fullest and bring glory to God.

Knowledge vs. Depravity—Romans 1:28

"Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done" (Romans 1:28)

I started out this Romans Blog with stressing the importance of knowing God and through Him your life would be successful. You are loved by God, called by Him and offered the free gift of eternal life through His son Jesus. The only thing you must do is believe and accept this gift.

Paul starts out the first few chapters of Romans building his case as to why we need a Savior. Paul was obligated to everyone to preach the good news of the kingdom of God because He knew it was the power of God for the Salvation of everyone who believes ( Romans 1:16 ). In the past few verses, Paul is simply building foundation to support this argument. Belief and acceptance of this gift is the one thing in this life that will determine our outcome of success.

However, in Romans 1:28, Paul tells us that mankind did not retain God in our knowledge and what resulted was a depraved mind. The King James Bible calls it a reprobate mind and the Amplified Bible says that it is a base and condemned mind. Meaning that they are void of judgment and unable to discern or distinguish the truth. At some point the a long the way, when one is completely reprobate, the Spirit will no longer draw this person unto himself.

Becoming base and condemned in your thinking is an issue that starts with the heart. It is a step by step process. The first step is not recognizing God even though He has revealed himself to us. The second step is not giving Him thanks or glorifying Him as God. ( Romans 1:21 ) Once on this slippery slope we abandon ourselves to the degrading power of sin. Over time that sin hardens our hearts to the truth of God, His Spirit of conviction and His gift of grace. Once our hearts are hardened and our minds base and condemned we are past the point of hope.

Many people are afraid that at some point they have been guilty of this sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. However, in the same way as becoming reprobate is a process, so is being drawn towards the Lord. It starts with a heart that is willing and ready to accept the drawing of the Holy Spirit. It is opening your heart to know Him and choose him. Today, I pray that you consider Him worth knowing and set your face towards that end. Jeremiah 29:13 promises us, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."

Juli Camarin

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