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Thursday, June 30 2016
Romans 1: Paul's Letter To The True Church Of Rome
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the Truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them"
The term "Church of Rome" has come to mean the Roman Catholic Church. It was called that because it was the official state religion of the Roman Empire (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). That Church was created by the Roman Emperor Constantine (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy; also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
The LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) sent the apostle Paul to Rome (see Why Was Paul Sent To Rome?), which was the "capital of the world" at the time (i.e. the saying "all roads lead to Rome") as a witness of the true Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?). The Romans had been, for centuries before, a very "religious" people, with many "gods" and "goddesses," with names that are still very familiar in the world today (e.g. Apollo, Cupid, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Pluto, Vulcan) - but like the Greeks when Paul was there, many of the Romans accepted the Truth and became true Christians, while others refused to listen, or later became followers of the perversion of "Christianity" that was devised by the Roman political regime.
Paul's epistle to the Romans was a letter to the true Christians at Rome, who, from that ancient time to the present, lived in the city that became the capital of the Church of the Roman Empire, known simply today as the Church of Rome. The true Christians, like everywhere else on Earth at the present time, were a minority among those who call themselves "Christian.".
"1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, 1:2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: 1:6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:
In the Word of God, faith means fidelity, being faithful - a living faith of obedience to the Commandments of the LORD. Merely claiming to be a Christian, with an idle faith, is worthless in the LORD's Judgment (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
"1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; 1:10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.
When people forsake the Law of the LORD, they become subject to all sorts of self-destructive behavior because they have blinded themselves to what is truly right (see Strait And Straight) and what is truly wrong (see Which Way Is Right And Left?).
"1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Fact Finder: What does "Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves" (verse 24, above) mean?
This Day In History, June 30
350: Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad), was defeated and killed by the forces of Magnentius.
1097: The Crusaders (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) defeated the Turks at Dorylaeum.
1422: The Battle of Arbedo between the forces of the duke of Milan and the Swiss cantons.
1520: Montezuma II, the last Aztec emperor, was killed during the Spanish conquest of Mexico.
1548: The Augsburg Interim, a temporary doctrinal agreement between German Catholics and Protestants, proclaimed in May 1548 at The Diet of Augsburg, became Imperial Law (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1643: The Battle of Adwalton Moor (also called Atherton Moor) in the English Civil War took place. The Royalists under the Earl of Newcastle defeated the Parliamentarians.
1690: In the War of the Grand Alliance, a combined British and Dutch fleet fought the French at the Battle of Beachy Head.
1859: Watched by 25,000 people, Charles Blondin walked across Niagara Falls from the United States to Canada on a tightrope.
1886: The first transcontinental train trip across Canada began from Montreal.
1894: London's Tower Bridge across the River Thames was officially opened.
1894: Korea declared independence from China.
1908: The "Tunguska Event" - an explosion equivalent to a 10 megaton hydrogen bomb erupted in the sky above the Tunguska River in central Siberia. With a great roar, the shock wave flattened trees over an area of several thousand square kilometers. No one was killed in the uninhabited area, although a man standing 40 miles away was knocked down unconscious by the shock wave. Seismometers around the world recorded it. The event is believed to have been caused by a comet or asteroid that shattered and exploded about 5 miles above the earth's surface.
1963: Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini was enthroned as Pope Paul VI.
1971: The three crew members of the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz II died on re-entry due to a drop in air pressure. They had just set a space endurance record of 570 hours, 22 minutes.
1974: Mrs. Alberta King and a church deacon were slain by a gunman in Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church where her son, the assassinated civil rights leader Martin Luther King, once preached.
1984: John Turner was sworn in as Canada's 17th Prime Minister.
1990: East and West Germany merged their economies, with the East adopting the Deutschemark as its currency.
1994: Following months of negotiations to ensure protection for Jerusalem's Roman Catholic shrines (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad), the decision was reached to exchange ambassadors between Israel and the Vatican (see The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today, A History Of Jerusalem: Abomination Of Desolation and What Is The Mark Of The Beast?).
1997: Britain ended 156 years of colonial rule in Hong Kong by turning control of the colony (it was the 68th colony that Britain relinquished in the 20th century alone) over to communist China. Six hours after the handover, China sent in 4,000 troops by ship, helicopter and armored vehicles.