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Summary: 4 of 8. For the Christians in Rome, Paul delineated the relationship of gratitude to the Gospel. But what manner of Gratitude properly adorns the Gospel of Christ? OR... How can your Gratitude adorn the Gospel of Christ? Gratitude adorns the Gospel thru...

GRATITUDE That ADORNS The GOSPEL-IV—Romans 1:15-25

OR: Gratitude That Graces The Gospel

Attention:

Home For The Holidays:

A student was heading home for the holidays.

When she got to the airline counter, she presented the ticket for her destination to New York City.

But as she gave the agent her luggage she stated, “I'd like you to send my green suitcase to Hawaii, & my red suitcase to London.”

The confused agent said, “I'm sorry, we can't to that.”

The student replied in sarcastic shock, “Really? I am so relieved to hear you say that because, that's exactly what you did to my luggage last year!”

Gratitude expressed toward God is never sarcastic!

“ADORN”—To make more beautiful, or attractive; To enhance.

Titus 2:9-10—“Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.”

1Pet. 3:3-4—“Do not let your adornment be merely outward--arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel-- rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle & quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”

For the Christians in Rome, Paul delineated the relationship of gratitude to the Gospel.

Personal Gratitude must properly adorn the Gospel of Christ.

What manner of Gratitude properly adorns the Gospel of Christ?

OR...

How can your Gratitude adorn the Gospel of Christ?

8 assurances that your Gratitude is one that Adorns God’s Good News.

So far we have found that

Our Gratitude adorns the Gospel thru...

1. Our SHAMELESS TRUST(:15-16)

2. SHARING(:17)

3. REINFORCING GOD’s WRATH(:18)

4—Gratitude adorns the Gospel thru...

KNOWLEDGE(:19)

Explanation: (:19)Manifestation

:19—“because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.

In God’s showing His truth to mankind(who readily suppresses it) brings responsibility to all men for that truth.

In their hearts & consciences all men know the reality & truth regarding God. All people of every generation know that they need a working relationship God, because they grasp that they are distant from Him & that He is distant from them.

Gnwstov denotes that which is ‘the known’ or it can denote that which is ‘the knowable.’—RWP

“Paul’s point is that which is capable of being known about God apart from special revelation is indeed known by fallen mankind.”.....“God’s natural revelation of Himself is not obscure or selective, [or]observable only by a few...”—John MacArthur

The lost know whether they should listen to you when you share the Good News of Christ.

They know they should look into who & what God is, & desires, & requires, & expects, as well as discovering what their place is in God’s scheme of things. They all have wrestled with or constantly wrestle with wanting to know the meaning of life.

“Because”—dioti—Conjunction—1) On this account that, because; 2) For. Strong—On the very account that, or inasmuch as. Used 22X.?From—dia—Through, With, In, Throughout, During, By, the means of; The ground or reason by which something is or is not done; On account of, Therefore. Strong—a primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; Through(in very wide applications, local, causal, or occasional).—&—oti—neuter of ostiv/htiv/o,ti as conjunction; demonstrative--That(sometimes redundant); causative--Because.

“Known”(See :21)—gnwstov—Adj.—1) Known, notable. Strong—Well-known. Used 15X.?From—ginwskw—Verb—1) To learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel; 2) To know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of; 3) Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man & a woman; 4) To become acquainted with, to know. A knowledge grounded on personal experience.

“Manifest/Evident/Plain”—fanerov—Adj. Nominative Sing. Neuter—1) Apparent, manifest, evident, known; 2) Manifest i.e To be plainly recognized or known. Strong—Shining, i.e. Apparent(literally or figuratively); neuter(as adverb)--Publicly, externally. Used 21X.

“In”—en—Prep.—1) In, by, with etc. Strong—a primary preposition Denoting (fixed) Position(in place, time or state), & by implication--Instrumentality(medially or constructively), i.e. a relation of rest (intermediate between eiv—into, unto, to, towards, for, among—& ek—out of, from, by, away from; "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc.

“Shown”—fanerow—Verb—1) To make manifest or visible or known what has been hidden or unknown, to manifest, whether by words, or deeds, or in any other way—1a) Make actual & visible, realized, 1b) To make known by teaching, 1c) To become manifest, be made known, 1d) Of a person--1d1) Expose to view, make manifest, to show one's self, appear, 1e) To become known, to be plainly recognized, thoroughly understood—1e1) Who & what one is. Strong—To render apparent(literally or figuratively).?From—fainw—To lighten(shine), i.e. Show(transitive or intransitive, literal or figurative).

Argumentation:

Ps. 19:1-4—“<<To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.>> The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world....”

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