Romans 1:21-23, “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.”
We looked at Romans 1:19 and how Paul spoke about those who “knew” God by Creation, and how this alone leaves the relationship with Him at the level of what we may refer to as an acquaintance. This level of knowing God is sufficient to make man responsible, but is not by itself sufficient to accomplish His salvation.
Paul continues in Romans 1, about knowing God where he spoke about those that “knew God.” If these people knew God, why did they display a lack of thanks to Him, and why foolish, darkened hearts that worshipped idols? The Greek word used here for “know” is “Ginosko” which means to allow, be aware of, feel, or perceive, etc… Read the rest of this entry »
Luke 15:11-31, “12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood… 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’
The parable of the prodigal son is the most familiar of all Christ’s parables. It has more than one lesson if you study it carefully. The prodigal son is an example of sound repentance having lived a life of self.