This Is a Really Scary Chapter – Romans 1

This Is A Really Scary ChapterRomans 1:18-32

The What and Why of God’s Wrath

Paul gives a complete presentation of God’s eternal plan for us

–What Sin Did To The Human Race,

–God’s Desire To Redeem Us And Build A Family

–The Need For Redemption That Only God Could Give.

Review of Last Week-

– Christ living in us by His Spirit has always been God’s plan.  

– The “mystery” of gospel was foretold by the prophets for over 2000 yrs before Christ.

– His divinity was proved by His resurrection.

– Grace- put “God’s ability, God’s power” in place of the word Grace.

– Paul tried to go to Rome many times.  He didn’t see these times as failures or defeat.

Rom 1:16-17- For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”        Whose life do we have?

Now Paul Explains How Sin Has Corrupted The Human Race-

Rom 1:18- The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.

Rom 2:1-2-  Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.”

-WE ARE ALL GUILTY OF BEING OUR OWN GOD APART FROM CHRIST!!!

-Sin Is Anything That Falls Short Of The Glory, Character And Nature Of God.

We were made in His image to reflect His nature in the world.

Rom 1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

-The “Book of Nature” reveals the invisible qualities of God.

-The reason there is any morality in humanity is the built in knowledge of God.

-Evolution is such a battle because it denies this revelation of God in nature.  Nature reveals God’s invisible qualities through creation.  If, as evolution theorizes, “nothing made everything” then we are all a god to ourselves.

Rom 1:21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

-Sin twists our thinking and darkens our hearts.

Rom 1:22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator — who is forever praised. Amen.

We should NEVER feel threaten by idols, witchcraft, or worship of other “gods.”

Acts 19:27-He (Paul) says that man-made gods are no gods at all.”

1 Cor 8:4-  “So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one.”

Rom 1:26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

-Homosexuality–  Are we born that way?  Did God make me that way?  This agreement doesn’t matter because we are all born sinners.

-We are all born sinners, with desires that, if left unchecked, will hurt ourselves and others.

-The point of the new birth is to change what we were born with- selfishness.

-Just look at the way small children with adult control- selfishly.

-God Gives Us What We Choose-

If we do not want a relationship with Him in this life, He will not force Himself on us for eternity.  If we continue to choose to be our own “lords,” God will give us up to what we want.

-Rom 1:28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. NIV

Unregenerate people are just fulfilling their job description, acting out of their nature.  Believers must do a better job of acting out of our Christ-nature.

-All exhibit different degrees of sin, but all of us are a god to ourselves.

-Love them.  Don’t be judgmental or arrogant at their behavior.

-Pray for regeneration of heart!

Love Requires that we make judgments about who we “fellowship.”

1 Cor 5:9-11- “I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.”   NIV

2 Thess 3:14-15-If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him, in order that he may feel ashamed. 15 Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.”    NIV

-We must not make judgments about someone else’s salvation.

-But we must judge who we should “fellowship.”

God loves all humanity- John 3:16

God’s wrath is against the things that harm His children

and keep them from the abundant life He wants for them.

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