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3-17-2019
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    Let me begin with a brief outline of the beginning of Romans.
    The structure of the letter looks like this.
    ROMANS
    Introduction- 1:1-17
    Sinfulness-1:18-3:20
    Of the Gentiles-1:18-32
    Of the Jews-2:1-3:8
    Universal- 3:9-20
    Last week, we finished up the introduction of the letter. We said, that the last two verses of the the introduction, verses 16, and 17, could be thought of as the theme of the letter, as well as a transition out of the introduction into the next main section of the letter.
    The first main section of Romans is on sinfulness. Paul will take the rest of chapter 1, all of chapter and most of chapter 3, taking about sinfulness.
    Paul starts by writing about the sinfulness of the gentiles. Chapter 1, verse 18, and continues to verse 32. Then he writes about the sinfulness of the jews, in chapter 2, verse 1 all the way until chapter 3 verse 8. Then, he writes about a universal sinfulness we all share in chapter 3, from verse 9, through to verse 20.
    Today, we are beginning the section on the sinfulness of the gentiles.
    Gentiles , are all the people who are not jewish. Remember, Paul is talking about two groups of people, the jews and the gentiles. Being a jew was both a religion and a race. You were a jew by birth, and part of the Nation of Israel, whether you followed the law or not. Everyone who was not a jew was referred to as a gentile. They were not born into the jewish nation. Being a gentile, also meant that those people did not know, or follow the God of Israel. Sure, from time to time, there were gentile’s who did become God-followers, but for the most part, when the Bible refers to gentiles, these are people who do not know the God of Israel.
    Paul is writing to the church in Rome. The Church is made up of people who believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Some of those Jesus followers were jewish before they believed the gospel, others were gentiles.
    This first portion is directed toward the gentiles, or those that do not know God, before they became Christ followers. I will begin reading at verse 18, but before I begin let me pray.
    Romans 1:18–23 NIV
    18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
    Verse 18.
    Romans 1:18 NIV
    18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,
    The wrath of God.
    We don’t like to think about the wrath of God. We don’t talk about it we don’t discuss it, it is not a pleasant subject. Wrath means anger. The wrath of God is the divine anger of God, and people do not like talking about that. I get that. This section of Romans, can be difficult, and it can be harsh, but I promise you, there is good news coming. Continue to listen, if you do not like the wrath bear with me, and do not tune out or you will miss the good news.
    The wrath of God in the Old Testament
    The Old Testament frequently talks about the wrath of God. For instance-God flooded the earth in the days of Noah-God poured out His wrath on the Egyptians to free His people. The prophets are filled with the wrath of God. Let’s turn to the book of Nahum for a minute.
    Nahum 1:1–6 NIV
    1 A prophecy concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite. 2 The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The Lord takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies. 3 The Lord is slow to anger but great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet. 4 He rebukes the sea and dries it up; he makes all the rivers run dry. Bashan and Carmel wither and the blossoms of Lebanon fade. 5 The mountains quake before him and the hills melt away. The earth trembles at his presence, the world and all who live in it. 6 Who can withstand his indignation? Who can endure his fierce anger? His wrath is poured out like fire; the rocks are shattered before him.
    This is awful, right? It is bad. But, there is something that you should know. This is written in regard to Nineveh. Remember Nineveh?
    God called a man named Jonah to preach to Nineveh. Jonah was to call them to repent and turn back toward God. God so wanted them to have the opportunity to repent, that when Jonah refused to preach to them God sent a great fish to swallow him to make sure he went to them to preach. The people did repent, and they avoided the wrath of God.
    Here in Nahum is the second time, someone was sent to preach to them. Previously, they repented, now they turned away again. They went back to their old ways, and Nahum is sent to warn them again.
    People sometimes get so bothered by the wrath God, that they do not want to hear it, so they avoid the Old Testament all together. They don’t read it, or they say I like the God of the New Testament, he is nicer than the God of the Old Testament.
    The wrath of God in the New Testament.
    However, the wrath of God is in the New testament too. God is unchanging. The God of the Old Testament is the God of the New Testament and he still has anger. But what about John 3:16 they say?
    John 3:16 NIV
    16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
    But further down, in verse 36, John says why God gave his one and only son.
    John 3:36 NIV
    36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
    God’s wrath remains on him. There it is the wrath of God.
    The wrath of God is for those that do not repent.
    Here is the point. The wrath of God is in the bible, not just in the Old Testament, but in the New testament as well. We may not like it, but it is there. We cannot ignore it.The wrath of God, is the anger of God, that is set against the sin and the evil in the world. The wrath of God, is not like our anger. our anger is often emotional, it can be unfair, or even arbitrary at times. But God’s wrath is different. It is always set within a just God, a merciful God, a loving God. His anger occurs within his perfect righteousness and is fair and just, not arbitrary or capricious.
    The wrath of God is always set in the context of the possibility of redemption for those that repent.
    The wrath against Nineveh was set against the fact that God sent messengers to them giving them the opportunity to repent. The wrath of God in John is set against Jesus coming as God in the flesh. To avoid the wrath of God, repent and believe the gospel.
    Now, I want you to see this here in Romans. Let’s go back one verse. Verse 17, we said is the theme verse of Romans. Paul writes.
    Romans 1:17 NIV
    17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
    For in the Gospel the righteousness of God is revealed.
    Now, verse 18
    Romans 1:18 NIV
    18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,
    Alongside the righteousness of God revealed, the wrath of God is being revealed.
    V. 17-Righteousness of God revealed-in the Gospel.
    V. 18-Wrath of God revealed-to those who suppress the truth
    Gos is just, and fair. He does not get angry unless it it is the right thing to do. His wrath or anger, is always set along with his righteousness, that is available to us. His anger is a just and righteous anger, toward that which is sin and evil.
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    Romans 1:18 NIV
    18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,
    His wrath is revealed against the godlessness , and wickedness. Now other translations say godlessness and unrighteousness.
    Revealed against the godlessness. That is those that do not have God in their life. Those that have nothing to do with God. The self-sufficient, and those that ignore God.The unrighteousness comes from not having God.You do not have anything to do with God, you have unrighteousness. God is righteousness, God is the source of our righteousness, without God-no righteousness.
    Now, Paul says the unrighteous, Suppress the truth by their unrighteousness. They put down, or hold down the truth. An active effort to keep the truth-that is plain and obvious from bearing on their lives.
    Verse 19.
    Romans 1:19 NIV
    19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.
    Romans 1:20 NIV
    20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
    I love the outdoors. I like to camp. I love Northern Minnesota. I love cool mornings, when, there is a mist over the glass lake. The sun rising over the trees, the loons calling, the beauty of that scene is amazing. I also love the rockies, in Colorado, or the vast wilderness of Alaska. Children are a miracle. Whether it is the sunrise in northern Minnesota, or the majesty of the mountains, or the stars in the night sky, or the birth of a child. You cannot help but look and see that there is a God.
    His eternal power, is clearly seen in the stars of the sky or the power of an earthquake or a volcano or a tornado. His divine nature is clearly seen when looking at our world.
    Did you know our planet is exactly the right size. This size gives us just the right atmosphere, if earth were any larger or any smaller, our planet would not have the perfect atmosphere for life. It is also just the right distance from the sun, any closer our average temperature would be too hot, any farther we would be too cold. Instead our temperatures fluctuate perfectly in a survivable range from -30-120.Water- water is so unique, most substances get denser when they solidify, but water gets less dense when it becomes ise. This allows it float and lakes freeze from the top down and fish survive the winter.
    The eye can detect 7 million colors. The brain, what about the brain. Have you ever noticed this, When you drop a drinking glass off the counter, your foot will extend in attempt to catch the glass and keep it from breaking but if you drop a knife, your foot retreats. Your brain makes that decision without you even thinking about it in the time it takes for the object to fall. And don’t even get me started on the process it takes to hit a major league curve ball, and yet people do it everyday in the summer.
    Isn’t it obvious that there is a creator behind these wonders?
    Romans 1:19 NIV
    19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.
    God has revealed himself to us, all of us, in all of creation. God makes it plain and obvious. It doesn’t matter whether you are in Northern Minnesota, or the rainforests of South America. In Kansas or Iraq, it is plain to you, that there is a God.
    Romans 1:20 NIV
    20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
    His power is evident in the night sky, His beauty is evident in the beauty of nature, His intelligence is evident in the complexity of life, and His love is evident in the love of one another.
    God revealed himself to everyone, and we have a name for this. It is called
    General revelation.
    Genreal revelation is God revealing himself through nature or natural means.
    The general revealing of God, is so obvious, and so plain, that the only way to avoid it is to actually suppress the truth. To push it down.
    All of the universe had to come from somewhere. There had to be a creator, this is obvious and plain to us. Something can’t spring into existence from nothing. Yet, today, people are trying to suppress that truth. We know it is obvious that a baby in the womb is life. This is obvious, it is plain. Yet people are trying to suppress that truth.
    Romans 1:20 NIV
    20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
    General revelation is available to all. Everyone can see that there is a God, God has made it plain to them, and He did that so that they are without excuse.
    One day every one will stand before the just, righteous, and Holy God, and not one single person will be able to say, wow I did not know. God will say I made it plain to you. I showed you the stars and the sunrises and the mountains, and the children and the people, and you took that and suppressed it.
    You denied it. You put me out of your life, and you ignored my clear revelation of myself.
    Romans 1:21 NIV
    21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
    They did not glorify Him, or give thanks to Him. The ungodly take pride in their own accomplishments, They earned their paycheck, why go to church to thank God? They earned it?
    The more they ignore God, the more their thinking goes down that road, and their hearts follow, becoming darkened.
    Romans 1:22 NIV
    22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools
    Look at how smart we are the scientists say, then then say-Life started out of nothing. That is nonsense. Only a fool would say that something can come from nothing. Logic escapes us when we think there is no absolute truth. People today say what is true for me is not necessarily true for you. This is nonsense it has always been nonsense, yet these days people accept these things.
    Romans 1:23 NIV
    23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
    Ungodliness to
    unrighteousness to
    suppress the truth to
    darkened hearts to
    foolishness to
    exchange glory
    Then with ungodliness leading to unrighteousness, and a suppressing of truth, and darkened hearts, and logic out the window, the exchange takes place.
    The exchange is exchanging the Glory of the immortal God, for the mortal. Instead of worshipping God, we worship images of men, and women. Instagram, models pornographic images take our worship, rather than majesty and glory of the immortal God. Instagram models draw the attention of millions.
    Birds animals and reptiles receive greater worship than God.
    Do you know it is illegal to destroy an eagle egg, or the egg of a sea turtle. That is because of what is inside that egg. It is an eagle in the egg, it is a turtle in the egg. But when weTake God out of the equation, we suppress the truth that a fetus is a baby, our hearts have become darkened, and what is foolish seems wise, and we can somehow make a law that makes it a crime to kill and unborn eagle but be a society that celebrates killing an unborn baby. Unfortunately, we are living the words of Romans 1 in society today. God has revealed Himself to all of us, so that we are without excuse.
    The thing about General revelation is that it is only enough to convict. It is the evidence of God about himself to convict us of not following him. General revelation is not enough to save.General revelation should instead draw us to God. It should convict us of our unrighteousness. It should lead and lead us to seek after this God that the world and the stars and people.
    But General Revelation is not enough to save. To save we need what is called .
    Special revelation.
    Special revelation saves. Special revelation is God revealing Himself to us personally through the gospel. It is laid alongside of the wrath of God, and is the love of God demonstrated, to those that believe, to those who repent with faith. While we can know that there is a God through nature and see His eternal qualities, we become convicted of our unrighteousness, we need to meet God personally, through Jesus Christ.
    We have to be convicted of our godlessness, and unrighteousness, awakening to the fact that we have been suppressing the truth. Then as we seek mercy from the wrath of God, we receive Special revelation in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
    Colossians 1:15–17 NIV
    15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
    Jesus Christ, the image of the invisible God. Jesus Christ who all things are created through Him and for Him. who all things are held together by Him.
    Jesus lived a life of righteousness, that we cannot live. He died on the cross for our sins, so that by faith in His death and resurrection we might be declared righteous in God’s sight and escape the wrath of God toward those who suppress the truth of God, and who ignore God.
    Perhaps you have been living in General revelation, and have not personally had God reveal himself to you through His son Jesus. Repent of your sins today and turn from the wrath of God toward the love of God and trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of those sins. Reach out to God, in prayer and declare your faith in Jesus to Him. You will have a chance shortly.
    And if you are already living a life with Jesus, look to General revelation to sustain you. Look to the beauty of God in creation to remind you to Glorify God for His beauty, Look to the beauty of God in creation to remind you to Give thanks to God for his sustaining you and saving you.
    Give thanks and glorify Him for all of his eternal goodness and love and mercy,
    In Jesus Name,
      • Romans 1:18–23NIV2011

      • Romans 1:18NIV2011

      • Nahum 1:1–6NIV2011

      • John 3:16NIV2011

      • John 3:36NIV2011

      • Romans 1:17NIV2011

      • Romans 1:18NIV2011

      • Romans 1:18NIV2011

      • Romans 1:19NIV2011

      • Romans 1:20NIV2011

      • Romans 1:19NIV2011

      • Romans 1:20NIV2011

      • Romans 1:20NIV2011

      • Romans 1:21NIV2011

      • Romans 1:22NIV2011

      • Romans 1:23NIV2011

      • Colossians 1:15–17NIV2011

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