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Summary: There is one question that has always plagued man and that is; so what about those in the deepest remote parts of the world that have not heard the gospel; will they be exempt from judgment?

Introduction

There is one question that has always plagued man and that is; so what about those in the deepest remote parts of the world that have not heard the gospel; will they be exempt from judgment?

Let’s examine that question this morning by turning to Romans 1:19-23. Please stand in honor of the Word of God and follow along with me as I read our text this morning.

Scripture

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. Romans 1:19-23 (NKJV)

Prayer

God is Visible to Them

From the beginning of creation, mankind has always desired to worship a god. If they reject God Jehovah the creator of all things then they will fashion their own gods into birds, four-footed animals and creeping things. Romans 1: 23b

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, Romans 1:19-20

God has sovereignty planted evidence of His existence in the very nature of man by reason and moral law.

So what about those in the deepest remote parts of the world that have not heard the gospel, will they be exempt from judgment?

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, Romans 1:20 and other references are; (Romans 1:21; Romans 1:28; Romans 1:32; Romans 2:15)

Condemnation of a sinner does not rest upon the depth of their knowledge of God but upon what they do with their knowledge.

These verses in Romans declare that knowledge concerning God is available to all. This knowledge is seen in the created world.

Even those who have never had an opportunity to hear the gospel have received a clear witness about the existence and character of God, it is all around us, and is accessible to the entire human race.

Just because a person chooses to suppress the knowledge of God, it does not exempt them from being accountable to God.

Mankind has sufficient knowledge of God to make them responsible to God.

That knowledge arises from the fact that the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen as stated in Psalms 19:1. To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Psalms 19:1 (NKJV)

Mankind’s mind is capable of drawing obvious conclusions.

To say there is no God is not a sign of ignorance, but an act of willful rebellion in the presence clear unveiled truth. The Psalmist has stated that; “The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." Psalms 14:1a (NKJV)

Refused to Acknowledge God

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.

The Bible is straightforward about the ultimate cause behind suffering and evil that plagues our world.

It gives a clear account of how we were created, and how we became wicked and hurtful to each other.

This separation from God is the results of our thoughts becoming futile and our foolish hearts becoming darkened, they have professed themselves to be wise, but they have became fools, Romans 1:22

When the true source of wisdom is rejected, and claims of knowing the truth by worldly wisdom are boasted, it is nothing more than babbling words of fools.

Mankind begins to rationalize their sins and proves their foolishness by devising and believing in their own philosophies about God, the universe, and themselves.

We must not forget what the Word of God declares to us:

1 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights!

2 Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts!

3 Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light!

4 Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, And you waters above the heavens!

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