Romans 1:20-25

In Romans 1:20-25 Paul makes it clear that God is evident all around us. God shows us something of His eternal power and divine nature through creation, by the things that are made. He has given a general revelation that is obvious both in creation and within the mind and heart of man. This is not a mystery at all – God has clearly revealed Himself to all who are on the planet. “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” Bottom line, trying the “I didn’t know” card isn’t going to cut it.

We will all stand before God someday. And when we do, there will be no excuses. The problem is not that man did not know God, but that he did know Him – yet refused to glorify Him as God. Therefore, mankind is without excuse. Instead of glorifying God we transformed our idea of Him into forms and images more comfortable to our sinful hearts. We made idols out of Him. “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.”

But God doesn’t force us to love and obey Him. He leaves it to our choice. In His righteous wrath and judgment, God gives man up to the sin our evil hearts desire, allowing us to experience the self-destructive result of sin. This phrase is so important Paul repeats it three times in this passage.  “Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for the lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.”

We make a mistake when we think that it is God’s mercy or kindness that allows man to continue in sin. It is actually His wrath that allows us to go on destroying ourselves with sin. Paul uses a very specific word her – it is not a lie, but the lie. The lie is essentially idolatry – which puts us in the place of God. It is the lie you will be like God. Man will never even approach God, yet we continually try to elevate ourselves or those around us to God status. It’s the fault Satan had – he wanted to be like God. And that was what he promised Adam and Eve in the Garden if they would only eat the fruit. We know that was the lie then, and it is still what he attempts to do even today!

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