Thursday, October 5, 2017
Chapter of Study: Romans 1:18-32
As we proceeded in our study of Romans Chapter 1, St. Paul transitioned from his greetings and praise for the faithful among the Roman church to addressing his concerns for the wicked and the unveiling of God’s wrath. We recognized that God does not allow sin to go unpunished, whether through our own experiences or by observing the state of the world around us.
St. Paul mentioned that this was in large part due to worship of creation over that of the Creator; that mankind no longer honored or gave thanks to God. A cross reference was made to Matthew 12:31-32, pointing out that while those who speak against the Son of Man will be forgiven, those who speak against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or the age to come.
We observed how getting further away from God would lead to an increasingly downward spiral of sin, thus refuting the notion that people are basically good at heart. Without acceptance of the love and forgiveness offered to us through God, we sensed that humanity continuously gravitates towards sin.
18. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of those who by their wickedness suppress the truth. – Romans 1:18
21. For though they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their senseless minds were darkened. – Romans 1:21
24. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the degrading of their bodies among themselves. – Romans 1:24
32.They knew God’s decree, that those who practice such things deserve to die – yet they not only do them but even applaud others who practice them. – Romans 1:32