Summary: God's judgement is sure but His forgiveness is just as sure.
The price of sin is more sin Romans 1:18-32
“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.
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.
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.”
Paul has spent the first seventeen verses speaking of these new believers of their common salvation and then telling them that he is not only thankful for their salvation but also for their evangelistic spirit. He’s also looking forward to the mutual encouragement he knows they’ll be to each other. He said he had planned to visit them earlier but Satan hindered him and now he hopes he’ll be able to see them on his way to Spain. And then he encourages them by telling them, he is not ashamed of the gospel for it’s the power of God for everyone who believes and listen, when Paul says everyone, he means everyone.
And today, he focuses on why people need this gospel and the reason is sin and here he says that God not only hates sin but He also hates sins progression and all its affects. Sin is like a bad weed that never stands still, it continually growing and always destructive.
The problem with sin is that the human heart is not strong enough to endure its destructive control. In fact, without the redeeming, regenerate work of Jesus Christ, the heart is corrupted with sin at its very core, which is why the prophet Jeremiah says in Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”
As someone said, “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you were willing to pay.”
Listen carefully, we don’t sin and then become sinners but we sin because we are sinners. We were all born in sin and we’ve inherited this sin nature from our parents who got it from theirs all the way back to Adam and Eve. And the only answer for the sin problem is we have to start all over again. In other words, we must be born again. We need to acknowledge our sin and guilt, to turn from our self and selfish ways and surrender to Jesus who died to save us. This is the only means of salvation.
Somebody wrote a list called, “Sin’s Ten Deceptions.”
1. “You’re not as sinful as the Bible says you are. As a matter of fact, you’re better than most people.”
2. “God’s view of sin is unreasonable and I think you’ll be able to explain your position enough to satisfy Him.”
3. “You don’t really sin. You don’t get angry, just frustrated. You didn’t commit adultery; you had a loving, mutually beneficial relationship. You don’t lie, you just stretch the truth, a little.”
4. “Sin doesn’t matter as long as no one knows about it.”