Despite having a handful more of Release Time lessons for this blog, today I'm posting these Romans notes from a couple years ago. Most probably I've already posted them in long form on Desert Spirit's Fire, but I figured storing the short version here would be cool...as I'm listening to Steve Winwood's "Higher Love" on the radio. Does that song not relate well to the message of extravagant grace we find in Romans—and in Paul, in general?Miscellaneous Romans notes
Neither gospel nor law - innocence
Habits of the heart – 3 "heart" references in Romans 2:5, 15, 29
God's Word imprinted on the hearts of all, in "an echo of God's personality." As usual, I'll say that's love, creativity, community, passion, risk – somewhere else I've made a long Pauline-style list of our in-God-createdness. God's reputation? People I formed for myself...
Anders Nygren: Romans is about the "inward heart, not satisfied with works."
Heart: center or seat of emotions; also, an organic metaphor and a spatial one
Romans 2:12-16 Imperial particularism—along the lines of the taxonomy that came from, did I ever mention I consider myself a revelatory particularist?
Despite a lingering sense of Jew/Gentile, in Paul, as in Christ Jesus, chosen-ness has expanded way far.
2:29 "mercy, not sacrifice"
Righteous; justified; account-able; apart from the Law?!
Romans 3:18; Psalm 36:1 Upright in heart = God-seeking
1 – consumer/material – artifacts and antiquities
2 – extreme athlete – does all the sports and does all the sports well, defying human limitations
3 - scientist – knowledge: think of technologies out of crisis
4 – philosopher – post-modern, nihilistic existentialist: angry, cynical and sarcastic
5 – Paul, the Christian – also a legalist! Paul, the Jew, has lived the commandments as well as anyone every could. Blameless as to the Law!