Romans: Laying a Solid Foundation

Romans: Laying a Solid Foundation

The Bible Teacher's Commentary

Paul J. Bucknell

Principles of Doors and Barriers

God's Evident Grace

Romans 1:18-32

Principle of doors

Doors are meant to go through. God makes it easy to positively respond to Himself. Creation daily bears witness. The conscience is convicting. His Word is being translated and spread throughout the world.

Point: Opportunities abound to positively respond to God. Are we opening our hearts to the Spirit's work or grieving His Spirit (Ephesians 4:30)?

abnormal and normal
Acceptance of God: Romans 1:18
Rejection of the knowledge of God: Romans 1:18

Principle of Barriers

Upon rejecting God's truth, there are barriers that would hinder a person or society from endlessly and effortlessly sliding down into degradation. At different stages, God slows man down, allowing him to observe his situation and to respond to his truth. If no positive response is made, then in God's timing he is allowed to go down to another more degrading stage.

Point: No good excuse. God gives time for man to evaluate his situation. The snowballing syndrome by which man might fall without trying is avoided by the barriers. Man is fully responsible for his next step, whether up or down.

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