In Romans 1, we can see that the tendency of our hearts is to exchange the truth about God for a lie, worshiping and serving the creature rather than the Creator (vs. 25). This is idolatry. But in these verses, idolatry doesn’t take the form of bowing down to a carved image or a golden calf. It takes the form of asserting our own authority to determine who is in charge. It is really worshiping ourselves and our own desires, just as Adam and Israel did. In the verses that follow this worship is called dishonorable passions. When we believe lies about God, it leads to misdirected passions-even to the point of worshiping our passions.
The gospel is about worship. What we worship, why we worship and how we worship. These 16 words are powerful. The words come in 3 parts.
Part 1 -The Foundation
Part 2 – The Frame
Part 3 -The Superstructure
Each of these 16 words paint a picture of the Good News. Why it is the Good News and why we have hope. Each of these words were given depth of the Gospel. At the end of chapter, a summary. Under the word Covenant To know the whole message of the Bible, we must know that God always relates to his people through covenants, all of which are fulfilled in Jesus the Messiah. Before each summary two connecting verses from the Old and New Testaments. This was probably my favorite part. As a Christian, I love seeing the whole picture of the gospel and how the old reveals the new. It is important for us to understand the whole picture. It makes understanding scripture more of a discovery of the best kind.
Another insight for me was God’s Judgment. Not a popular word even in Christian circles. But in understanding God’s judgment, it gives us hope that all things will be made new. We do not have to be in fear of God’s judgment when we are in Christ. When we place our faith in the work of Christ. It is through judgment, God saves his people. Judgment is justice served.
This is a great text for any Christian. To help keep our focus on what matters and why. I highly recommend.
A Special Thank You to Crossway for always giving Gospel centered books such as this and Netgalley for being a tool that I may receive an ARC and the pleasure of an honest review.