Summary: The wrath of God is dispensed with the view of leading us back into relationship with HIm
Rom 1:18-30 ¡V Descent into Depravity
Philip Adams has three subjects he writes on in the Weekend Australian, Bashing Americans, Bashing John Howard and the Liberal Party and Bashing those who believe in the Christian God
„X This past week it was the Christians turn again
„X I can¡¦t help but wonder why he is continually drawn back to this subject
„X Father was a Congregationalist minister
„X There is something in man that keeps drawing him back to God
„X Its even interesting how many people feel they need to invoke God¡¦s name when they swear
„X You never hear them say, ¡§My Budda¡¨ or ¡§My Hari Krishna¡¨ always ¡§My God¡¨
„X It seems even atheists like Philip Adams can¡¦t stop the nagging deep inside their souls that they keep having to come back to convince themselves once again that there is no God
This section of Scripture we are going to look at today explains why man keeps coming back to this question, and also why the world is in the state it is
„X Its one year since the horror of Sept 11, 2001, and the world is no safer then it was one year ago
„X Scientists like to tell us we are evolving into something better, but the evidence points to the contrary. If anything we are devolving
„X In this section we will read about the worst of mankind ¡V a condition you and I used to belong to
„X To understand this section in the bigger scheme to things, we need to go back to v.16-17
„X The first sixteen verses of Paul’s letter to the Romans are an introduction that concludes with this great statement: "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ for it is the power of God for salvation unto everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek, for in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith," Rom 1:16-17.
„X With this tremendous declaration, Paul sets out the great theme of this letter:
„X The power of God to set us free from the bondage of sin and evil in our lives
„X Jew or Gentile, it doesn¡¦t matter
„X But with the very next verse, Paul goes back to man¡¦s depraved condition in our fallen state
„X And its not pretty reading
„X It kind of like those old good news, bad news jokes
„X Before he tells us that the gift of God is eternal life, he tells us that the wages of sin is death.
„X It is from this depraved state we need to be rescued
„X If we want to know what the problem is with the human race this passage gives us the answer
„X It¡¦s a spiritual diagnosis of what¡¦s wrong with the human race
„X On the one hand, God is revealing his opposition to sin but on the other the solution, the gift of his Son
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness
„X Philip Adam understands the wrath of God is revealed in events of the Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, and Eternal Hellfire
„X But we¡¦ll come to what the wrath of God means in just a moment
„X Paul lumps in the whole human race in this phrase
„X Paul starts a line of reasoning here that¡¦s going to end in Romans 3 with his conclusion is that all people, both religious and irreligious (Jew and Gentile), are under the power of sin (Rom 3:9).
„X And he sums up the problem by saying, "All have sinned and fall short of God¡¦s glory" (3:23).
„X So no one is excluded
„X As we go through this section, notice how there is a deliberate effort made on the part of man to ignore or suppress knowledge about him ¡V v.18 who suppress the truth by their wickedness
19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
„X All around us we have this big neon sign flashing out its message day and night ¡V ¡§Hello, I¡¦m out here¡¨
„X David wrote, (Psalm 19:1-3). ¡§The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard¡¨
„X When we see a painting, its easy to imagine a painter
„X Yet men can look at a beautiful flower and imagine evolution rather than a ¡§flower maker¡¨