Romans, Lesson 4

Lesson 4

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omans 1: 18-31, God’s wrath against the ungodly, immoral, irreligious.

VV 18-23, 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

Greek for wrath is “orge” which means God’s anger and hostility. God revealed His wrath from heaven against all ungodly and unrighteous people who suppressed God’s truth. Since God had revealed His invisible attributes to mankind through creation, no one cannot claim ignorance as an excuse for not believing in Him. Although they knew God, they did not glorify Him, their thoughts were futile, their hearts were darkened, and their actions were foolish. Instead of worshipping God, the creator, they worshiped birds, animals, and creeping things.

VV 24-27, 24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

God gave up on these people for their uncleanness, lusts, and vile passion Instead of believing in the truth of God, they believe in deception. Instead of worshiping the Creator God, they worship creatures and created things. Women and men practices homosexual activities without shame or remorse. Because of their unrepentant, God gave them up.

1 John 3:36, ‘’He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

VV 28-32, 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

Since they did not pursue to know God, He allowed them to remain in a debased mind, and continue to practice all the sinful things in verses 30-32. God is righteous to punish such people with death.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love, mercy, grace, and patience. Thank You for not giving up on us. Thank You for saving us, in Jesus’ name, Amen.