In Book 2, So Great A Fall, I invite you to come with me into God’s courtroom, where God’s Advocate, the Holy Spirit, makes the strongest case ever made in the Bible against sinful man through the pen of one of God’s finest associates, the apostle Paul. In Romans 1:18-3:20, God exposes the ugly atrocities of man’s sins, accusing him of the most heinous crimes in the Book. Sinful man stands before a holy God defenseless, without legal representation. If convicted he will sentenced, not only to a life of bondage under sin, but also banished eternally to hell fire—the worst punishment for his disobedience against God. The main theme of the Book of Romans is the revelation of the righteousness of God as the only means by which man may obtain salvation. In order to perfectly present God’s way of salvation, it is vital to first pose the problem and then present the solution. It is essential to prove man’s guilt before a righteous God. Sinful man stands condemned before a holy God. A revelation of God’s righteousness must be simultaneously attended by a revelation of God’s wrath against every ungodliness and unrighteousness of sinful man. The rebellious sinner must be put on notice that God will not tolerate sin—God will judge sin. In order for sinful man to have any chance of being redeemed, an offended God must first be appeased and he must then be reconciled to God. The revelation of God’s righteousness is in progress. The exposition of man’s essential malady must be complete in order to reveal the righteousness of God. What is interesting in this glorious epic of God’s saving grace is the meaningful contrast between God’s will and man’s disobedience. One author explains it so well; “Good news presupposes bad news; salvation presupposes being lost; mercy presupposes misery; grace presupposes guilt; and saving righteousness presupposes unrighteousness.” The Doctrine of Condemnation accentuates God’s redemption plan. It was absolutely necessary for God’s only begotten Son to leave His mighty throne in glory and bring us redemption’s story. God become a man so that men may become like God. He was born of a virgin mother by the supernatural act of the Holy Spirit. He would live a sinless life suited to be God’s spotless Lamb which takes away the sins of the world. He would die a sacrificial death on a cruel Romans cross, buried and would rise again the third day, demonstrating the power of God to raise sinful men out of the graveyards of sin to blissful mansions of fellowship with God. He would make a difference in our world and make our world different. This is the message of grace preached by the apostle Paul in all his epistles. Thus it is necessary that Christian doctrine is five in number as proof of the demonstration of grace of God—God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. The If You Get Romans God Will Get You series is devoted to expounding these doctrines in book after book until Romans is fully taught from Chapters 1 to 12. I may even go ahead and teach the auxiliary chapters 13 to 16. I personally can’t get enough of this book. It’s my fascination for life—my Bible within the Bible. I encourage you to get all the books in the series and study them prayerfully. Once you literally get Romans, God will you in every way shape and fashion.