Paul’s Letter to the Romans Part 7

This entry is part 7 of 35 in the series Paul's Letter to the Romans

Therefore, he begins this way, but afterwards he introduces the subject of Christ’s judgment. “Against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who hold the truth in unrighteousness.” Here he shows that the ways of ungodliness are many, and that of truth, one.  

Part 7

“Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them” (Romans 1:19). God has invested in his children the knowledge of his glory. They, however, have become selfish in their dealings and made priority of everything besides God’s glory. An example is, they who received the knowledge of God and His glory, invested in idols, “held the truth in unrighteousness,” and dealt wickedly by the knowledge, by not using it appropriately. God placed in man the knowledge of Himself from the beginning. However, they used that knowledge to their own benefit and held the truth equal with unrighteousness. How is it that we know that He did actually place that knowledge within us, you might ask? “Because, Paul said, “that which may be known of Him is manifest in them”, in verse 19. He further made it plain by putting before them His creation, so that both wise, and unlearned, having through sight learned the beauty of the things which were seen and that they would ascend to God through this knowledge. 

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (v. 20). Through agreement with other scripture, the prophet said, long before Paul came into existence, “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Ps. 19:1). In the end, can we really have an excuse, or is it possible to say, “we were ignorant of you God?” The creation in harmony had nights and days, seasons throughout the year, and order which continually preached God’s love. His purpose in creation was not to take away their excuses, but instead set before them as an amazing system of teaching that could help them to understand and come to know Him. Most, however, by not recognizing Him have deprived themselves of every excuse. 

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (v. 21). It is evident that they knew God, think about what the scriptures say, “because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God.” How could they fall into such absurdity, you might ask? They trusted everything to their own reasonings. Paul implies this when he states sharply, “but became vain in their reasonings, and their foolish heart was darkened.” They, attempting to go the way leading to Heaven, and having destroyed the light from their own selves, and, in substitute, trusted themselves to the darkness of their own reasoning, and turned to manmade idols. 

“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” (v. 22). These having great pride in themselves, and not continuing to go the way which God had commanded them, they were plunged into the reasonings of senselessness. 

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