No Excuses

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Romans 1:18 says, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness.” God’s wrath is not a momentary boiling over of emotions; it’s a consistent opposition to sin,. Paul says, God’s wrath “is being revealed from heaven.” The verb tense is present tense, meaning ongoing, current action. While hell is where ultimate judgment will occur, God’s wrath is already manifested in unseen ways on those who deserve it. According to Paul, God’s wrath is against all the ungodliness and unrighteousness of those wo reject God. Sadly, those who reject God earn wrath not simply by committing sinful acts, but rather, they are judged because they “suppress the truth” they know. Romans 1:19 says, “because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.” Paul is saying, everyone, even the one who has never heard of Jesus, has an embedded knowledge of truth and righteousness. We were created with a conscience. Romans 1:20 identify how and to what extent God has made himself evident to those who haven’t heard the gospel; “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” The Greek word “clearly seen” means to discern clearly, to look down on” (implying a good vantage point). Creation along with the conscience within us is sufficient evidence to satisfy God’s justice and to leave those who reject such revelation “without excuse.” Verse twenty-one states, “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” Dishonoring God and ingratitude are traits of an unbeliever. Titus 3:3 says, “For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lust and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.” 1 Corinthians 6:11 says, “Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” Have you been washed by the word of God? Have you been sanctified, meaning set apart for God’s use? If so, you have been justified, meaning declared righteous by God in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.”