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Paul’s letter to the Romans is known as one of his greatest theological works. It has been passed down for thousands of years and is still just as relevant today as it was in Paul’s time. How exactly is it relevant the modern day Christian may ask? What with its harsh language that includes strong sentences such as “the wages of sin is death” (6:23) and “the wrath of God” (1:18) one may say that the times have changed. Some may say that these issues in Paul’s time are acceptable in society today. Jesus is all loving not wrathful. What exactly is the Christian to think? The purpose of this short essay is to examine how the Book of Romans relates to the Christian in the twenty-first century and how it helps to shape his worldview.
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For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now” (Romans 8:19-22). In this passage the Apostle is telling the reader that nature “was subjected to futility” (8:22). James Dunn references Genesis and the Hebrew language regarding this passage; “the LORD God formed the adam, dust from the adamah. The tie in was no doubt deliberate: the adam was formed to till the adamah; and subsequently the adamah is caught up in adam’s penalty for his disobedience (the ground cursed and its produce necessitating hard labor)…” Therefore, Paul teaches in Romans that the earth (creation) has fallen under condemnation along with man and with the promise of man’s redemption God will also redeem His creation.
Because of the "Fall" of mankind and man’s blatant outward expression of disobedience sin thus entered onto the scene. Where once man had peace with God and walked with God and knew God in a way that no man has known since, when Adam openly disobeyed God that shared communion was shattered and along with it, any hope of redemption outside of God’s ultimate plan. What then does Romans teach about sin? Ultimately, Paul teaches that