The book of Romans teaches us about many aspects of Christian life. It includes how we should view the natural world, our identity as people, our relationships, culture, civilization and more. Romans 1-8 in particular has so much information that it is almost impossible to get the full meaning without looking deeper into it. These chapters take us from our inability to walk in good works, to God’s faithfulness in justifying, sanctifying, and glorifying us by our faith through his grace. This essay will discuss principles found in Romans which are essential in the formation of a biblical worldview. One’s worldview refers to a “comprehensive conception or image of the universe and of humanity’s relation to it” (Random House, 1459).
God spoke the universe and everything in it into existence. Our proof of this is because we believe the Bible is a revelation of God and not just a book written solely by man. Paul writes in Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” God showed himself to us through creation. He made everything and shows himself to all, so we all know there is a God and that that same God created everything. No one shall have an excuse when they stand in judgment before Him because we all saw Him, but some haven’t received Him.
Our human identity is found through knowing Christ and knowing our true nature. We are made in God’s image (Zondervan, Gen 1:27), so when we are joined to our Father in spiritual union through His son Jesus (Zondervan, Rom 7:25a) again we find who we are as people because we have fellowship with Him. We see that we are...
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...veryone with the same respect with which we treat the Father. There is no one that is better than another because we all have sinned, but we know what is wrong and right because God wrote his law on our hearts. We should all be thankful that we are not saved by our works of righteousness and that we don’t have to rely on ourselves for salvation. We should all continue to have faith in Jesus as He credits our accounts with His righteousness.
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