Paul’s Letter to the Romans Part 9

This entry is part 9 of 15 in the series Paul's Letter to the Romans

Even Paul grew brighter out of those that thwarted him and plotted against him, Job out of the many scourges, Jeremiah out of the miry pit, Noah out of the flood, Abel out of the treachery, Moses out of the bloodthirsty Jews, and Elisha, each of the worthies of old, not out of relaxedness and softness, but out of tribulations and trials, came to be attired with their bright crowns. Much more so was Christ, who knew this to be the groundwork of a good report, said to His disciples, “In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). He that “with the temptation maketh also an escape, so that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Cor 10:13), may He stand by all of us, and reach forth His hand, that being gloriously proclaimed victorious we may attain the everlasting crowns. 

Part 9

“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet (Romans 1:26-27). The Roman women could not proclaim that they were being hindered of legitimate intercourse. They came to this conclusion, or that it was from having no means to fulfil their desires that they were driven into this monstrous insanity. Paul said, “They changed the truth of God for a lie.” With regard to the men, he shows the same thing by saying, “Leaving the natural use of the woman.” Paul points out that they had the means of gratification, and left that which they had, and went after another, but that having dishonored that which was natural, they ran after that which was contrary to nature. Genuine pleasure is according to nature or God ordered. But when God has left one, then all things are turned upside down. This is proof of the degree of corruptness in that congregation, when both sexes were left unrestrained, he that was ordained to be the instructor of the woman, and she who was bid to become an helpmate to the man, work the actions of enemies against one another. One might ask, where did these desires come from? It was from their abandonment from God. They became enemies to themselves and to one another, bringing in an evil kind of conflict, and one even more lawless than any civil war. “The twain,” it says, “shall be one flesh.” (Gen. 2:24.) This was God’s order; that man should be with woman and woman with man. But this desire the devil took away, and turned God’s plan into another fashion, he consequently divided the sexes from one another, and made the one to become two parts in opposition to the law of God. For it says, “the two shall be one flesh;” but he, the devil, divided the one flesh into two. If you mock when hearing of hell and don’t believe that fire exists, remember Sodom. Consider how great their sin was, to have forced hell to appear even before its time! Many, thought scornfully of His words, however, by His deeds, God showed them the image of eternal torment. Where did all this evil come from? Of indulgence; of not knowing God. When you cast out the fear of Him, all that is good immediately goes to ruin. Brothers and sisters, to prevent this, let us keep clear before our eyes the fear of God.

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