3. The Diagnosis of Sin (Romans 1:18-32)


How would you respond if a stranger stopped you on the street and told you in an enthusiastic voice: “I have your cure!” Your first response might be hope or joy or gladness as your react to his contagious emotion. But it wouldn’t take long before you would have to confess, “I didn’t know I was sick.”

The message of the Gospel is our cure. God’s righteousness in exchange for our sin; Jesus Christ’s crucifixion in exchange for our death; sonship in exchange for enmity; eternal life in exchange for eternal wrath – these comprise the good news of the Gospel. But before Paul expounds on the cure in his letter to the Romans, he must first remind them of their terminal disease: Sin.

For next week, read Romans 2:1-16.

PP. 530-532 in the Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary (or equivalent in the newly released volume entitled The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Abridged Edition, New Testament)

PP. 86-97 in the New American Commentary.

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