“OH THAT SOMEONE WOULD ARISE AND SHOW US GOD”<br />First the Bad News, then the Good News<br />ROMANS 1<br />Charles E. Whisnant, Pastor and Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, Minford, Ohio<br />September 13, 2009 growbylearning.com<br /><ul><li>In every man there is a God shade vacuum, man’s eternal soul is so made that it knows no rest until it finds its rest in God.</li></ul>It is never a question if man will to worship; it is only a question of what he will worship.<br /><ul><li>It is not a question whether a man will be religious; it’s a question of how he will define that religion.</li></ul>For man’s eternal soul seeks for God, but in the bent of his perverse nature, inevitable man rejects the true God and forms gods of his own thinking.<br /><ul><li>And the worship of theses gods, there is no solutions to his sinful confusion but only an intensifying of the emptiness.</li></ul>There is a basic problem, man has sinfulness. How can he escape from his condition?<br />Illustration: Man in side a box cube.<br /><ul><li>There is this longing to comprehend what is outside the box, so he invents gods that he thinks are on the outside. So we have religious themes abounding. And all the religions of the world tell him he can.
“No man can go into a phone booth, take off his clothes and become superman.”
By nature no man can get outside the box. But God can invade the box. God has entered in to tell us what is out there, and tell us how too. How we can dwell out there in His presence for ever. And that is the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. </li></ul>MAN IS A PRISONERAND CAPTIVE<br /><ul><li>And at the end of his captivity, death, unless he escapes. The nature can not ascend to the supernatural. But the supernatural can come down to to the natural.</li></ul>THAT IS THE GOOD NEWS OF ROMANS 1:1. With all the Bad News, there is Good News. God has bursted through the boxd and desires to commuicate with man. <br />Paul keeps telling us about the Good News of God<br />I Timothy 1:11 <br />Romans 15:29<br />Acts 20:24<br />Romans 10:15<br />Ephesians 1:13<br />Romans 1:1<br />Romans 1:9<br />Romans 1:16<br /> <br />Paul states the good news of God, then shows it’s His good news, He came in to possession of the good news by faith in Christ and that it was His Gospel to preach. <br /><ul><li>Romans 16:25 “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,”
I Corinthians 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
I Corinthians 9:22-23 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.”</li></ul>JESUS CHRIST is the good news that invaded the box to reveal God to man. He is the most incomparable personality of all human history. All people recognized Christ’s greatness. The difference for the unbeliever is that he does not surrender to Him as Lord.<br />"
Jesus There's Something About That Name"
By Gloria Gaither · http://cwhisna.blogspot.com/<br />“The name JESUS, not that so much is written, as it is plowed in to the soil of the history of the world.”<br />Socrates taught 40 years, Plato taught 50 years, Aristotle taught 40 years. Jesus public ministry lasted 3 years. Yet His influence of His life far outweigh the combined 130 years of those.<br /><ul><li>Jesus never a picture He painted, yet inspired Michelangelo, Raphael, daVinci
Jesus never wrote poetry, but world’s greatest poets have been inspired. Dante, Milton, Emerson.
Jesus never wrote a note of music but inspired Haydon, Handel, Beethoven, Bach, Johnny Edwards
Jesus has affected our society like no other. The incomparable Christ is the Good News. And what makes it such Good News is that we are not deserving of such good news, which makes it the more true that God is gracious.</li></ul>1:1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,<br />Paul takes 16 chapters to unfold these six verses. The infinite mind of God, who in a few words condenses the essence of the unfathomable gospel, and covering everything from the incarnation of Christ to living the Christian life.<br />Watchman Nee: “One thought of God takes 1000’s of words to dispense in human though language<br />297 English words are required to sum up all of God’s oral law in the Ten Commandments<br />41 words in Matthew 27:37-40<br />65 words to definitive teaching on prayer. Matthew 6:9-13<br />One governmental study on regulating the price of cabbage a few years back took 26,000 words. <br />