Romans 1:1-31, “16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
I fast forward to verse 16, 17 and 18 which summarizes the theme of Romans in my judgment. However I work my way backwards starting with 18-16. I choose this approach because verse 18 highlights verse 17, and verse 17 highlights verse 16.
Paul writes, vs. “18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness” and for the next 14 verses he paints in full color why the wrath of God is revealed. The wrath of God would be translated as the anger of the Lord. A few verses that talks about God’s wrath, John 3:36, “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him”, Ephesians 5:6, “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience”. Colossians 3:6, “Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience”, Psalm 7:11, “God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day”
What brings about the wrath of God? when, “The glory of God is not honored, The holiness of is not reverenced, The greatness of God is not admired, The power of God is not praised, The truth of God is not sought, The wisdom of God is not esteemed, The beauty of God is not treasured, The goodness of God is not savored, The faithfulness of God is not trusted, The promises of God are not relied upon, The commandments of God are not obeyed, The justice of God is not respected, The wrath of God is not feared, The grace of God is not cherished, The presence of God is not prized, The person of God is not loved” John Piper
Here we see that Paul reveals that all men are condemned, that the wrath of God abides on all unrighteousness. Paul wants to show us that it is not good men that are in trouble with a bad God, but bad men are in trouble with a good God. Most people put God on the stand to question Him rather than men being on the stand. In order for God to express His nature (holiness, truth, and justice), God must punish sin. God’s wrath is a holy wrath, justified wrath that calls for judgment (I am yet to hear songs on the wrath of God). How do we know God is angry with the wicked? look to the cross where He poured His wrath on His Son who bore all our sins Isaiah 53: “He was bruised for our iniquities”, who bruised Him? God the Father when Jesus drunk the cup of wrath. The cross is foolishness to them that perish because men have not understood verse 18 and what it means.
The Good news makes no sense unless you deal with bad news first. From Paul, fear becomes the first pressure applied to evil men. How can people understand anything about love if they do not understand God’s hate?; How can they understand anything about His grace if they do not know about His law (nature)?; How can they understand forgiveness if they do not understand the penalty of sin. They cannot seek grace and salvation unless they are affected with the dread of the wrath of God that is upon them. Romans 2:4. Proverbs 16:6, “In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil”
Unless men sense they are in grave danger there’s no pressure applied to them to change. Paul talks about the problem so that you and I can love the gospel (God’s pill). The bad news is to highlight the good news. You appreciate the light the most when you are in darkness. To continue, blessings Ev