Summary: A series of messages through the book of Romans.
The Exceeding Sinfulness of Sin
God’s Righteous Wrath - Verse 18
… From heaven against all ungodliness – Piety or irreverence for the true God
And unrighteousness of men – That is their sinful wickedness
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
By both the Law delivered to the Jews and the conscience of man.
I am not offering a hypothesis here – the WHOLE WORLD knows that there is A GOD!
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
Now there is a dichotomy – His invisible attributes are clearly seen!
What attributes – well, let’s start with God’s goodness. Something unseen, an attribute of God’s Holiness, all men know God’s goodness.
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
In genesis 3:22 we read…
Gen 3:22 Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil…”
Mankind knows both good and evil, just like God knows good and evil. God holds His knowledge in righteousness, but man holds his knowledge in unrighteousness.
It was not long after man became knowledgeable of sin that he found out he could not handle that knowledge…
Gen 6:5 The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Gen 6:6 And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.
Gen 6:7 So the LORD said, "I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them."
Cain Killed Able out of pride
Lamech killed a man who hurt him out of pride
The wickedness of man was great in the Earth and God was grieved in His Heart for creating mankind.
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.
The first instance of this type of Idolatry is recorded in the book of Genesis when Laban pursued after Jacob believeing that Jacob had stolen “His god’s” that is, his Idols.
Then again in Exodus 32 when Aaron made the golden calf.
In contrast to the “Just” who live by faith, we have the unjust who must walk by sight.
And for man’s idolatry there is always a consequence, because idlotrous men are ‘GIVEN UP’ by God for the destruction of their flesh.
Romans 1:24 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.
What is the idolatry here? Is it not the love of the human body? And because mankind worships the human body scripture says…
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.
Romans 1:28 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.
1) to be pleased together with, to approve together (with others)
2) to be pleased at the same time with, consent, agree to
2a) to applaud
Part of Speech: verb
They applaud sin! They agree with sin! They endorse sin!
Not only in their life but in the lives of others and yet we start out with God’s righteous wrath being poured out upon sin!