Bible study reading
Please prayerfully read through the following portions of ministry related to this lesson.
After the introduction [in Romans 1:1-17], Paul presents the matter of condemnation in four aspects: on mankind in general (1:18-32), on the self-righteous in particular (2:1-16), on the religious specifically (2:17-3:8), and on all the world totally (3:9-20)…Although we do not want to dwell upon the subject of condemnation, there are two points related to it that are quite important. First is the source of evil, the source of wickedness. Because of this source mankind is evil...Second, we need to see the way of restriction. (Life-study of Romans, msg. 3, section 1)
The first item in the way of restriction is knowing God by His creation (1:19-20). The invisible things of God, His eternal power and divine nature, can be apprehended by His creation. The heavens and the earth manifest the invisible things of God. (Life-study of Romans, msg. 3, section 3)
By looking at the universe we can also see the divine characteristics of this Divine Being. Every attribute of God is a divine characteristic. Light is one of God’s many attributes. This attribute, or characteristic, of God is expressed in God’s creation of the universe. This is why the entire universe is not under darkness but in light.
Beauty is another one of God’s characteristics or attributes. The universe is beautiful. Only a beautiful person would and could create something beautiful. The universe is also full of life. Three categories of life can be seen in creation: the plant life, the animal life, and the human life. All these different types of life point to the very God who Himself is life.
Our God being manifested in His creation is a great truth that we need to teach to the Lord’s children. He is manifested in the aspect of His eternal, unlimited power, and He is also manifested in the aspect of His characteristics, such as light, beauty, and life. Light, beauty, and life are a few of the many characteristics, or attributes, of God, which show how marvelous He is. (Elders’ Training Book 6: The Crucial Points of the Truth in Paul’s Epistles, ch. 2, section 2)