Skip to main content

Commentary on Romans 1:18-32- God's Wrath Against Natural Man

It's time for another commentary and it's focused on Romans 1:18-32 that would be tackling on God's wrath on mankind based on Romans 1:18-32.  As said, expository preaching is always a good thing.  Now it's time to put all these in a meaningful commentary to help for sermon preparation.  Here are the topics that can be found within the verses:

I. God's wrath is set upon the ungodly (v. 18)

Because God is holy and righteous, God cannot tolerate sin.  And here's the fact, man in his fallen state is a sinner who God must judge.  Romans 3:10-19 and James 2:10-11 is clear that nobody is exempt and that man is in nature, a sinner.  God has already set His wrath upon the ungodly.  Judgment day is coming and the only solution of man to be saved is in the Lord Jesus Christ.

II. God has made Himself known to man yet man willfully rejects the one true and living God (v. 19-23)

God has provided proof of His existence.  Where?  In nature.  Science has already proven that there is a proper design from the single cell so complex to the more complex structures of nature, that nothing happens by coincidences and accidents as the godless would claim with their "science".  Despite the silencing, Christian scientists (NOT the cult by Mary Eddy Baker) have spoken up their parts that God is the Creator.  However several persons like the atheists despite seeing the facts continue to harden their hearts, just as the Pharaoh of the Exodus continued to harden his heart against God even if he already saw proof that Jehovah is God.  

It can be seen in the classroom setting of today's secular education in which man tries to get rid of God in their thinking especially in science to which He is the author of science.  Rather than teach the God of the Bible being responsible, most schools choose to credit "random evolution" to what is responsible for the existence of life- that is by billions and billions of death, disease and violence brought forth the first man which time and time again, science proves isn't true yet godless men continue to claim it real.   Also by teaching that man came from animals, they have credited the glory to animals rather than to God, they are insulting God.  

This is not only applicable to atheism but also to other false religions too.  Religions of the world also include nature worship- Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Shintoism and Taoism just to name a few are worshiping nature instead of the One Who created nature- God.  They offer incense to trees, to gods they have assigned of different areas of nature and they reject the God of the universe in exchange for idols that are made by ma's hands and need to be carried around all the time and even protected from natural disasters like lightning and earthquakes.  Their idols exist in the form of men, some even by mixing animals with man like in Egypt and in Hinduism where men have animal heads.  Many of these religions easily adapt to the idea of Darwinism, the very thought system that man came from animals and that man is an ape.  Also, other religions claim to be Christians (ex. Catholicism and its offshoots like the Orthodox churches) but are actually mocking and parodying God because they try to portray God in the image of man, which is strictly forbidden (Exodus 20:4-5).  

They call people who refuse who refuse to believe in their nonsense to be fools, they think they are smarter. than everyone else yet they are making fools out of themselves.  Psalm 14:1 is clear in saying that the fool says there is no God.  It's either by words or by action, it makes them a fool.  Religions of the world say, "There is no God" like how Islam says, "There is no God but Allah..." which in turn, deny the real God of the Bible in exchange for a god made by man's vain imagination.

III. God has handed over to the consequences of sinful desires and the result of rejecting Him (v. 24-32)

God being holy will really let sin takes its toll on mankind.  How true indeed.  Because they have changed the truth of God into a lie in their own hearts and mind, God will let them have it their way to their own destruction and damnation.  Since these men serve the creature over the Creator, there are vile consequences to follow.

God has given them up to vile affections which would cause them to dishonor their bodies among themselves. How does this happen?  The unsaved end up doing vices as they please like swearing, promiscuousness, fornication, sexual adultery, drug addiction, drunkenness, smoking, self-mutilation as a result of drug addiction, violence against each other, disrespect for authority, authorities abusing their God-given authority and pornography just to name a few.  Pornography also triggers vile affections which causes people to dishonor themselves.  Is it just art?  Nope.  It's devilish art!  Also, not to mention that homosexuality is increasing as a result of rejecting God that's why a homosexual church is a parody church, not a part of the Christian Church.  Homosexuality happens because of a God-rejecting lifestyle.  It can be noticed that ALL homosexuals come from unbelieving families (but not all unbelieving families result to the homosexual lifestyle) especially involved in idolatry and atheism.  Many feminists are also homosexuals!  

Since they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, therefore the consequences still continue to go on and on.  Does the humanist idea of rejecting the notion of God reach to unlimited human progress?  Not at all.  Instead because these people are filled with unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity, whisperers, backbiters, hatred for God, despitefulness, pride, boasters, inventing evil things, disobedience to parents, ignorance, liars, without natural affection, implacableness and mercilessness which is NOT good for society, peace and order will spiral out of control.  How can anybody expect a society where crime rates and immorality (which includes the dictatorial government officials) are high to progress?  For example when America removed the Bible from the public schools in 1962, the educational system entered into the top ten planks of Communism and America is no longer the nice place to live it used to be.  Also, atheistic Communism has destroyed countries and they are plagued with poverty and misery while their corrupt, unscrupulous rulers eat like emperors.  For example, Mao Zedong's promise of progress only led to his own progress, not national progress and the rest of the nation starved.  In North Korea alone, cannibalism has become a problem as people eat each other as a result of famine.  Where's the so-called progress now?  

Sadly, even if they have received knowledge of the truth about the only way to salvation is in Jesus Christ, they still continue to reject Him, which leads to willful sinning because they try to establish their own righteousness and they are willfully ignorant of God's righteousness which is also true for the proponents of works salvation (Romans 10:3, Hebrews 10:26).  As said, reject Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and keep trusting in one's self for salvation, sinfulness will only continue as He alone can save the people from their sins.  The solution is in Him- believing upon Him and not relying on one's own efforts, that faith is counted for righteousness meaning it results to righteousness (Romans 4:5), God's salvation by grace through faith and not by works teaches man to live righteously and soberly for it is God that is at work (Ephesians 2:8-10, Philippians 2:12-13 Titus 2:11-15) and that the blood of Jesus purges man from their self-righteousness to real good works as a result of salvation and it's impossible to be saved and not result to good works (Hebrews 9:14).  

Popular posts from this blog

Legalization of Booze and Narcotics is Dangerous to Society

There's the huge lie that says prohibition of liquor and narcotics will only make the problem worse and that legalizing them is what stops them. Their argument is built on a faulty standpoint where they say that if you prohibit these substances then the prices will go up which will encourage more drug dealers to enter into them. These "experts" also claim that if you legalize liquor and narcotics then prices will drop because supply will be up. They say that the moment you do so nobody wants to enter into drugs because the prices will be so low it discourages profit. Legalization of narcotics and booze will encourage them because nobody would want to sell them if there were laws that could lock people up involved in their trade. If the prices are lower because of a high supply of drugs and booze then the more these people involved in the industry profit from them because more people will buy them at a rapid rate. If the prices of drugs and booze were so high only a few p…

Holiness Doesn't Stop After Holy Week, It's a Daily Walk in the Christian Life

Holy week is over. Is it time to return to being worldly? God forbid! It's time to share these verses about holiness in the Christian life: Romans 6:18-20  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 2 Corinthians 7:1-3  Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man. I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you. Ephesians 4:23-25  And be renewed in the Spirit of your mind; and that ye put on th…

The Widespread Growing Plague of Popularity Driven Churches

It's a popular misconception that if your church is popular then it must be right with God and it's filled with the Spirit. It's very easy to misquote Acts 2:41 which says:
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
I don't doubt that verse and text is in the Bible. But it doesn't mean that just because there were 3,000 people saved that day that it will always be like that. On the contrary, Jesus also warned:
Matthew 7:13-14   Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
It should be a thought. If there were 3,000 saved that day when Peter preached but how many did not respond to the message? Maybe it's 3,000 out of 10,000 people or more. Jesus already warned that there are …

Chastisement Brings Both Sorrow and Safety

The Christian life isn't an easy life. Acts 14:22 describes the Christian life to be that of much tribulation before the journey is over. The Christian will have the problem of sin. Romans 7:14-25 has Paul describing the very struggle against sin. Even if Christians aren't living like the rest of the world but they're not sinless even if they sin less.

Reading through John 15:1-8 describes Christian growth. Jesus used the word "pruning" to describe what His Father does to the believer. While the worthless branches are certainly false converts but the true branches are the believers. He prunes them because He knows that it's a true branch not a false branch. False branches are thrown aside to the fire while true branches remain. The pruning process is meant to make sure that Christians will be fruitful in their Christian lives. Any good gardener knows the true branches need some pruning every now and then.

Hebrews 12:5-7 is clear that if you're a child of…

Commentary on 1 Timothy 6:3-5

1 Timothy 6:3-5 says, "If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself."
This is a warning that Paul sent Timothy and it applies to Christians.  False preachers these days are indeed within the midst.  Jesus warned in Matthew 7:15 saying, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."  It is indeed very true.  Titus 1:15-16 says, "Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.  They profess that they know God; but in works they de…

Christians are Called to Lovingly Confront Evildoers

One of the biggest mistakes today is teaching that love doesn't rebuke. If they think love doesn't rebuke then it's time to say love does rebuke. 1 Corinthians 13:6 says that love in action doesn't rejoice in falsehood but in the truth. While you can rebuke without loving but you can never love without rebuking. The Christian ministry was called to lovingly confront evildoers not to have a false kind of love and tolerance toward them. Ephesians 5:11 says that Christians must have nothing to do with the works of darkness. Instead, they are called to rebuke the workers of darkness. You can't be a Christian and still love darkness. If you're a Christian you were called out of sin not called into sin. Nobody can claim to be a Christian and claim to have a license to sinfulness. Such people are fake converts who need to be exposed for their own good.

The idea of "love" and tolerance is not biblical love but a false kind of love. It is an evil kind of love…

The Danger of Palm Sunday "Converts"

Today is the celebration of Palm Sunday and the start of the first day of Holy Week. It's would be good to address the problem of Palm Sunday "converts". The ministry of Jesus has this problem: many loved His miracles but hated His teachings. Palm Sunday would testify to how so many conversions today are superficial. They seem to be converted but results soon reveal that they aren't converts to start with. They're quick to wither like the palm leaves which Roman Catholics would bring to their Pharisees to have them superstitiously "blessed" with "holy water" but would eventually wither a few days later.  John 6:26   Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek Me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
People thought Jesus was giving them free lunch, They followed Him hoping to get something. But the result was soon very sad. In fact, we have the sad tragic truth of bet…