Summary: REJECTING WHAT WE NATURALLY KNOW ABOUT GOD LEAVES US WITHOUT EXCUSE AND ALWAYS BRINGS GOD'S WRATH 1.
REJECTING WHAT WE NATURALLY KNOW ABOUT GOD LEAVES US WITHOUT EXCUSE AND ALWAYS BRINGS GOD'S WRATH
1. God Always Responds in Wrath Against Those Who Reject His Revealed
Truth (:18) -- God by nature is a God of Wrath
Why should we believe in God's Wrath?
a. Word usage in the Bible -- wrath, anger, fury (over 400 times)
b. Biblical examples: Curse at the Fall; child-bearing; Pharoah; David for his adultery; Annanias; Nebuchad; Babylonian Captiv.;
c. Why should we believe that wrath is active and real today?
God's Wrath is displayed openly (present tense)
d. His wrath is directed against those who reject His revealed Truth
e. Directed against all ungodliness and wickedness
f. How do we know whether we are in danger of God's Wrath?
Are we suppressing the truth?
2. (What about those who haven't heard about God? How can God ever be angry with them?) God has Clearly Revealed Himself in Nature
a. Illustration of missing cupcake -- "the evidence is all over the little boy's face"
b. Ps. 53 -- it is a fool who says there is no God
c. Nature reveals power, orderliness, consistency, faithfulness
d. Natural revelation sufficient to condenm but not to save --
Specific gospel message about Christ is still needed
Conclusion: God will judge men against the revelation they have
3. Men Are Without Excuse When We Replace His Glorious Truth With Things That are Far Inferior
a. Don't live up to what we know to be true
b. Replace glorious revelation about God with things greatly inferior
Real question is not "Does God exist?" but "What have you done with your knowledge of God?"
c. Examples of modern day idolatry -- we replace what we know we should do with what we want to do