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Romans 1:18-23. R O M A N S 1:18 - 3:20 I. An introduction to Romans [1:1-17] Pauls greeting as slave and apostle [1-7] for the wrath of God is revealed.

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1 Romans 1:18-23

2 R O M A N S 1:18 - 3:20 I. An introduction to Romans [1:1-17] Pauls greeting as slave and apostle [1-7] for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven Pauls thanksgivings for and desire to be with the saints who live in Rome [8-15] Pauls declaration that the gospel reveals the righteousness of God is from faith, so that the power of God to salvation may extend to ALL who believe [16-17]

3 R O M A N S 1:18 - 3:20 I. An introduction to Romans [1:1-17] for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven II. ALL are condemned [1:18 – 3:20]

4 For the wrath of God… [1:18-32] Why was there a need for the gospel? the righteousness of God [1:17] needed to be revealed specifically because: for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven (1) the wrath of God is revealed [1:18] …against all ungodliness (of men) and (against all) unrighteousness of men R O M A N S 1:18 - 3:20 all includes Jew, Greek and Barbarian!

5 For the wrath of God… [1:18-32] Why was there a need for the gospel? the righteousness of God [1:17] needed to be revealed specifically because: for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven (1) the wrath of God is revealed [1:18] men suppress the truth in unrighteousness R O M A N S 1:18 - 3:20 (2) the what of God was revealed [1:19-20] means they knew the truth! [21, 23, 25, 28] cp. loving v. suppressing truth [2 Th 2:9-12]

6 For the wrath of God… [1:18-32] Why was there a need for the gospel? the righteousness of God [1:17] needed to be revealed specifically because: for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven (1) the wrath of God is revealed [1:18] men suppress the truth in unrighteousness God revealed Himself in man [Gn 1:26] R O M A N S 1:18 - 3:20 God revealed Himself in creation [Ps 19:1] (2) the what of God was revealed [1:19-20] His eternal power [1:20; cp. Hb 1:3] His Godhead [1:20; cp. Acts 17:24-25, 29] Man is Without Excuse [Romans 1:20] Cannot excuse, pardon, SAVE himself!

7 For the wrath of God… [1:18-32] No excuse? You need the gospel offer of righteousness (justification)…from faith! they knew God [1:21; cp. 1:18-19], but: for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven did not glorify Him as God [cp. Lev. 10:1-3] Thanklessness led to futility [no purpose] R O M A N S 1:18 - 3:20 nor were thankful [Acts 14:15-17] They professed their wisdom as fools Consequences of rejecting God [1:21-32] Futility (idle) led to foolishness [senseless] changed the glory of the incorruptible God

8 To make God into the likeness of a man is a crime…of grave consequences but dont you just shudder to think of the images of God which the wicked heart of mankind has made? What sort of god is Molech who devoured little children? What sort of gods were those who demanded that women lie down…with animals? What sort of gods are these who reveled in human sacrifices and the vilest abominations? They were gods after the image of the men who made them. And if these gods were indeed like the human hearts – how wicked are those hearts? - Jim McGuiggan cp. Matthew 15:17-20

9 For the wrath of God… [1:18-32] No excuse? You need the gospel offer of righteousness (justification)…from faith! they knew God, but changed Him [21-23] for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven He didnt give up on them: sent the gospel! stated three times! [v. 24, 26, 28] R O M A N S 1:18 - 3:20 Consequences of rejecting God [1:21-32] Therefore God also gave them up [24-27] allowed them to be foolish [cp. 2 Th 2:11-12] Gods wrath!? [18] Sin, consequence [27]

10 …George Arthur Buttrick…dealt with the skeptics protest against Gods existence on the grounds of famines, misery and wars that were in the world. These were proof, the skeptic claimed, that God didnt exist. Maybe, said Buttrick, wars and such like are the footprints of God walking away from us. - cited by Jim McGuiggan cp. Leviticus 26 …the penalty of their error which was due. Romans 1:27

11 For the wrath of God… [1:18-32] No excuse? You need the gospel offer of righteousness (justification)…from faith! they knew God, but changed Him [21-23] for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven He didnt give up on them: sent the gospel! stated three times! [v. 24, 26, 28] R O M A N S 1:18 - 3:20 Consequences of rejecting God [1:21-32] Therefore God also gave them up [24-27] allowed them to be foolish [cp. 2 Th 2:11-12] Gods wrath!? [18] Sin, consequence [27] Note: left God, became unclean, unnatural The apostle Paul, writing by the Spirit of Christ [cp. 1 Cor 14:37], clearly condemns all homosexuality as being unnatural, ungodly, and unrighteous!!!

12 For the wrath of God… [1:18-32] No excuse? You need the gospel offer of righteousness (justification)…from faith! they knew God, but changed Him [21-23] for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven Word play: reproved Him, got reprobate mind end result: to do whats not fitting – rather yet, being filled with all unrighteousness R O M A N S 1:18 - 3:20 Consequences of rejecting God [1:21-32] Therefore God also gave them up [24-27] …gave them over to a debased mind [28-32] This is the reason for Gods wrath! [1:18]

13 Rejection of God is spiritual lunacy. There is no rational explanation for sin. In the face of all God offers and in the face of all that is the result of rejecting Him there can be no sensible defence of sin and rejection of God. A mind which functions so as to reject God is an awful thing to contemplate… - Jim McGuiggan …they did not like to retain God in their knowledge. Romans 1:28

14 Ah, we think, how can people be so bad? So bad as what? As to be envious or covetous or arrogant? One is inclined in the light of the previous verses on sexual perversion to feel rather smug and self-righteous but verses bring us back down to earth. I used to think that it must have been a special strain of iniquity that destroyed Christ at Golgotha until I grew a little older and found in myself the things which are named as involved in the assassination of Jesus Christ. For envy they delivered him up, I read. Judas loved money and sold the Master, I read. Pilate wished for political stability and success and gave Christ over to the Jews lest his own career be put in jeopardy, I read. Liars lied about him, I read. There I was, all of them in me and I in all of them… - Jim McGuiggan …full of envy…they are whisperers…proud…boasters…disobedient to parents…undiscerning… unforgiving, unmerciful… Rom 1:29-31

15 For the wrath of God… [1:18-32] No excuse? You need the gospel offer of righteousness (justification)…from faith! they knew God, but changed Him [21-23] for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven practice things deserving of death [32] approve of others who do them also! R O M A N S 1:18 - 3:20 Consequences of rejecting God [1:21-32] Therefore God also gave them up [24-27] …gave them over to a debased mind [28-32] know the righteous judgment of God, but: Psych/Theology, church-approved sin?

16 knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death… [Rom 1:32; cp. 3:23; 6:23] HOWEVER… …the gospel of Christ…is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes… For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith… Do you stand without excuse? You need the gospel offer of righteousness (justification)…from faith! Wont you believe and OBEY today?


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