Summary: This is an on-going expository study of the Book of Romans, verse by verse.
Book of Romans Study
Introduction & Romans 1:1-2
Tonight we will begin an expository study of the Epistle to the Romans, which was written under the anointing of the Holy Spirit by Paul, the Apostle. This letter to the Romans has often been called “the Constitution of Christianity”, or the “Christian Manifesto”.
Karl Marx is attributed with authoring the “Communist Manifesto”, which laid out the Communist purposes and program. It analyses and explains the class struggle of human society both historically and in present times, and proclaims the problems of capitalism, and a prediction of communism's potential future.
Marx said, "The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles". His manifesto gives his ideas for how the capitalist society of his time would eventually be replaced by socialism, and then eventually communism, and that communism would rule the world under a New World Order.
Another man, Adolf Hitler, wrote his own “manifesto” and titled it “Mein Kampf”, which means, “My Struggle”. In Mein Kampf, Hitler used the main thesis of "the Jewish peril", which he saw as a Jewish conspiracy to gain world leadership. In his story, Hitler describes the process by which he became increasingly anti-semitic and militaristic, especially during his early years in Vienna. It was in those years that the Mayor of Vienna, Mr. Lueger, taught Hilter what it meant to persecute Jews and how to do so. He also was greatly influenced by the German Nationalist party, which blamed Jews for all of Germany’s problems.
Hitler soon proclaimed his hatred of what he believed to be the world's twin evils: Communism and Judaism. He then decided that Germany needed to obtain new territory to help establish the rightful destiny of the German people.
Germany needed “Lebensraum” which means “living space”. Hitler’s manifesto stated that Germany, and the Aryan Race would rule the world and Germany would have a Third Reich making them the rulers of the world for 1000 years and that Germany, with he as its Fuhrer, or “leader”, would establish a New World Order.
This Christian Manifesto is Paul’s way of establishing the fact that there is only one Kingdom, and one Ruler who is destined to ultimately rule the world and the world to come forever.
That Ruler is Jesus Christ, the very Son of God and Savior of the World. In Romans Paul describes the cause of all sin, the overcoming of Satan and the powers of darkness, and the ultimate power of Grace and Faith over it all, and the establishment of Righteousness through Christ alone. There are no good men, no good governments; for all is sin and ultimately meant to be destroyed by the appearance of Christ and His Kingdom, and that will absolutely be a New World Order.
Just as we can see happening in our nation today, when people don’t know their own constitutional rights, or forget what it says and ignore its provisions and promises, then we are destined to become enslaved once again. Freedom only comes through knowledge and the defense of those rights that are established.\