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1 “A world of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world – and might even be more difficult to save” A world of nice people is not a reality Romans 1Romans 1

2 Paul did not exaggerate “Dark as the picture here drawn is, it is not so dark as that presented by the most distinguished Greek and Latin authors, of their own countrymen”

3 I Romans 1 – An Overview 16a, Paul: Not ashamed of gospel –Why not? 16b, Paul: Power of God to salvation –How? 17, Paul: Righteousness of God –Why? [World lost w/o it, 18] 18, Paul: Wrath of God revealed –What truth? 19-20, Paul: Shown since creation

4 Four characteristics of God power 1. His power, 16 –Gospel saves from sin righteousness 2. His righteousness, 17 –His plan to make sinners righteous wrath 3. His wrath, 18 –Inflicted against those who sup- press His truth glory 4. His glory, –His eternal power and divine nature made known through His creation

5 Romans 1 and Genesis 3 KnowledgeKnowledge of God, Ro.1:19, 21, 22 (Gn.2:9, 17; 3:22) CreationCreation, 20 (Gn.1:1) wisdomCraving for wisdom, 22 (Gn.3:6) CreatureCreature classification, 23 (Gn.1:20, 24) Glory, image, likenessGlory, image, likeness, 23 (Gn.1:26-27) truthlieExchange of truth for lie, 25 (Gn.3:13)

6 II The Wrath Of God WrathWrath, strong indignation directed at wrongdoing, w. focus on retribution –God does not lose His temper or throw a tantrum From heavenFrom heaven (in contrast to His right- eousness “in it” [17] ) Against all ungodliness and unright- eousnessAgainst all ungodliness and unright- eousness –Ro.3:18

7 suppress Trying to suppress truth Hold down (cover-up) 19-21, try to ignore God, but cannot help seeing Him in – (1) Creation (1:19-21) (2) Conscience (2:14-15) (3) Bible (1:16-17)

8 III God’s Wrath Is Being Revealed 1. God’s wrath was revealed in past history –Flood; Sodom; Plagues of Egypt… 2. God’s wrath will be revealed on the Day of Judgment (2:5, 8) 3. God’s wrath is being revealed through government officials (13:4)

9 His wrath is being revealed now… abandons 4. …when He abandons stubborn sinners to their fate –A last resort (Rv.2:20; Gn.6:5; 1 Pt.3) –Instead of sending fire and brim- stone, He does nothing –Therefore –Therefore (24), based on sin (21-23) gave them up –He “gave them up” (ESV)

10 God abandoned them to… (Sexual) impurity 1. (Sexual) impurity (24). A sensual life (lusts, uncleanness) –“When the gods wished to punish us they answer our prayers” Slavery of disgraceful passions 2. Slavery of disgraceful passions (26) –Paul spells it out: (26-27) –Male / female (Mt.19:4) –Sin feeds on itself and grows worse Debased (worthless, corrupt) mind 3. Debased (worthless, corrupt) mind (28) approve disapproved –Word play: did not approve God; abandoned to a disapproved mind

11 worthless worthless A worthless mind judges God worthless God is the starting point for ethics –W/o Him, no standard; might makes right; eat, drink, be merry… He punishes the stubborn sinner by giving him more of the sin he has chosen The punishment of sin is sin –“The punishment of sin is sin” –The grave-digger’s clods on the coffin

12 Choices carry consequences “The lost enjoy forever the horrible freedom they have demanded, and are therefore self-enslaved”

13 IVExamples Of Abandonment IV Examples Of Abandonment 1. Children of Israel –Nu.13-14:42. Hb.8:9 To have no care for, to neglect, be unconcerned –Jg.10:13-14 Be careful what you ask for

14 Children of Israel, cont’d. –Ps.81:11-12 A plane without a pilot A poor child w/o a provider A rowdy multitude that has no one to keep them in order –Ho.4:17-18

15 2. Samson 2. Samson, Jg.16:…20 Deprived of God’s power, degraded in character, and yet so infatuated by passion that he cannot detect the tragedy of his fallen condition 3. Saul 3. Saul, 1 Sm.16:14; 18:12 A miserable man left to his own devices 4. Pharisees 4. Pharisees, Mt.15:14

16 5. Prodigal son 5. Prodigal son, Lk Ro.1 society 6. Ro.1, society The wrath described in 1:18-32 is not the natural course of events, but a history of wrath, controlled by the supreme Judge of all the earth The thought evokes frightful implications for our nation What do we see?

17 7. 2 Th.2: K. 22 “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘Thy will be done.’ All that are in hell chose it”“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘Thy will be done.’ All that are in hell chose it”

18 What should I do? 1. Obey what you know 2. Keep a healthy conscience –“Your conscience is very polite. If you quit listening to it, it will stop talking to you” 3. Grow. 3. Grow. Never become satisfied w. your present level of maturity 4. Do not conform to this world


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