The Pagan, the Pious, and those Perishing

Unfathomable Grace

Paulwas loving and humiliatinghis readers. It mattered not whether they were Jewish or Gentile. He cared not whether they were rank Romans or holy Hebrews. Whether irreligious or religious, whether immoral or moral, whether church abstainers or church attenders,Paul soughtto helpallhis friends byforcingthem to bow theirknees before the Holy Judge.

Hebegin by humbling the pagan:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth … Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves … God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil…

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