Summary: A scholar once said: "Matthew through John gives us the “Gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ” The Acts of the Apostles give us the “Gospel of the Holy Spirit” But it is in Romans that we are given the “Gospel of God”

Sermon Series “The Gospel of God – A Study of Romans”

Week #2 “The Universality of Sin”

Text: Romans 1:18-3:20

INTRODUCTION: Last week we discussed how the book of Roman is the preeminent doctrinal work of the New Testament

We looked at how even in his opening sentences, Paul expounded the truth of:

Christ’s full deity and full humanity

The goal and purpose of the Christian church

Faith as being the only means of pleasing God

***Tonight we are going to continue in Romans and study the next great doctrinal point made in this epistle; the doctrine of sin

Paul’s exposition of sin is mostly covered in Romans 1:18-3:20


Romans 1:18a “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men…”

a. The word revealed is actually ‘constantly revealed’ and it means ‘to make visible, uncover or make known’

b. The wrath of God is revealed in two ways

i. Indirectly –

1. Example: A person who is constantly committing sexual sin and transmits a disease

2. Romans 1:27 “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”

ii. Directly –

1. Through His personal intervention

2. Examples: Adam & Eve, The flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, The captivity of Israel, etc.

c. The wrath of God is pictured in five forms in the Bible

i. Eternal wrath

1. Hell – The lake of fire

2. Revelation 20:15 “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

3. In Mark 9:44 Jesus describes Hell as the place, “where ’Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.’”

ii. Eschatological wrath

1. End Times – apocalyptic wrath from The Revelation of John

2. II Peter 3:10 “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.”

iii. Cataclysmic wrath

1. The Great Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah

2. God brought cataclysmic wrath on the Egyptian army when He released the Red Sea and they all drowned

iv. Consequential wrath

1. The law of reaping what we sow

2. We cannot plant onions and expect to collect apples

a. You always reap what you sow

b. You always reap later than you sow

c. You always reap more than you sow

3. So be careful is you sow discord, strife or sin…

v. Wrath of abandonment

1. This is a hard one for Christians to figure out, because we stand on God’s Word which says that ‘He will never leave us nor forsake us’

2. But God will remove restraints and allow people to go headlong into sin if they rebel against His way

a. Psalm 81:11-12 “But My people would not heed My voice, And Israel would have none of Me. So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, To walk in their own counsels.”

b. Romans 1:24 “Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves”

3. Example: Parents love their children, and never stop. But some children rebel to the point that a parent must let them go in hopes that they will see that they have made an error and return

d. QUOTE: “Sin is not hurtful because it is forbidden, but it is forbidden because it is hurtful.” —Benjamin Franklin


a. Last week we discussed how salvation came to the Jew first and the Greek (v.16)

i. This represented God separating the Israelites as a chosen people

ii. Him sending the law and the prophets through the Jewish nation

iii. And finally salvation coming in the form of a Jewish Messiah, Jesus

b. Now Paul is expounding on this principle by saying no matter who a person is, sin brings God’s wrath on them

i. Romans 2:8-9 “but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness-indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek;”

ii. Paul is saying that just as the Jews were given the first opportunity to hear the Gospel, they will be the first to receive judgment if they refuse

c. He goes on to say that just because you bear a certain name does not give you the right to sin

i. READ ch. 2 v. 17-23

ii. What this means: Simply, if you are a Christian you need to act like one

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