by Jerry Vines

On The Roll Or In The Book
Romans 2:17-29
Jerry Vines

If someone were to ask you to recommend a book
that would tell them what Christianity is all about
and how a person comes to know Christ, how a person
becomes a Christian, or what the Christian faith is--
you would say to them that the book for them to read
is the book of Romans. In the book of Romans the
apostle Paul lays down the basics of the Christian
faith. You will remember in Chapter 1:16 he says
this, "for I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ
for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone
who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek."
Verse 17 says, "for therein is the righteousness of
God revealed from faith to faith. As it is written
the just shall live by faith."

So, he tells us at the very outset what he's
writing this book for. His purpose is to explain the
Gospel--the good news--to tell us what the good news
is all about. In order to do that Paul does an
unusual and a very effective thing in the first three
chapters. He really presents this as a trial. It's
as if he is a prosecuting attorney and he is
presenting his case. His purpose is to demonstrate
that the whole human race is in sin and needs a
Savior. His purpose is to prove beyond any reasonable
doubt that all people everywhere are sinners and they
desperately need a Savior.

He comes to the summation of the case in the 3rd
chapter, 23rd verse. A familiar verse to us. "For all
have sinned and come short of the glory of God." He
comes now to his final arguments. In the 3rd chapter
he just gathers together the whole human race, now
reaching the conclusion "all have sinned." That
means I'm a sinner. That means Mr. Brooks is a
sinner. That means the person sitting next to you is
a sinner. That means that you are a sinner. All of
us are sinners and we are in desperate need of a

In order to come to that conclu ...

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