The Big Picture of the Bad News: Romans 1:18-3:20

The Book of Romans: The Good News of God

I. God righteously pours His wrath upon unrighteousness.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. Romans 1:18

II. Humanity is guilty of unrighteousness.

They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness. . . Romans 1:29

III. I am guilty of unrighteousness.

Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. Romans 2:1

IV. Both Jews and Gentiles are guilty of unrighteousness.

For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. Romans 2:12

V. Everyone is guilty of unrighteousness.

As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one.” Romans 3:10

VI. No one can make himself or herself right with God.

For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. Romans 3:20

Christ took upon Himself the wrath of the Father so that we might be saved.

God put [Christ Jesus] forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. . . Romans 3:25

God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. Romans 5:8–9

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