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Hope for a Prodigal Planet (4 of 4)
Thus far, in Romans chapter one we have seen clearly that man needs God because there is moral order in the world and because of man's fatal attraction to God-substitutes. Romans 1:26-32 shows us our need for God because of sin's enslaving power. In seeking to be free, man apart from God becomes enslaved. Only in Christ are we truly free persons. In this passage, Paul describes the inevitable downward sinful progression that follows a person who has suppressed the truth about God.
Life Application: Abandoning God leads to being enslaved to sin. Our only hope for true freedom is to abandon ourselves to Christ.
Key Word, Abandon: 1 To withdraw from. 2. To give up to the control or influence of another person or agent. 3. To give oneself over unrestrainedly (Webster's).
As we consider this passage, I want to cite the story of the Prodigal Son as a backdrop, the canvas for this text. If you remember the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-24), there was a progression of events at work in his story.
1. The son wanted to live independently of his father.
He was restless and rebellious. He demanded and received his inheritance and promptly left the father's home in search of what he thought was real living.
2. The son discovered that life apart from the father was not all that he thought it would be. Freedom came at a high price. In fact, in the far country the young man quickly squandered his inheritance and found himself broke, friendless, and desperate with seemingly no way out of his predicament. His destitution led to desperation and the ultimate, degradation of his person, expressed by living in a pig pen.
3. But something beautiful happens in the story because the young man finally comes to himself, he comes to his senses. He hits rock bottom and realizes the error of his ways. He remembers how good life was in his father's house and he repents of his sin against ...
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