Romans Chapter 1 Study, Part 7of12, Evans Olang

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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.”

Satan teaches men first to doubt, and then to deny. Ever since, fallen man has sought to avoid God and to deny His glory and even His very existence, this can be seen from Genesis 3. And the gospel addressed in Romans 1:16-18 makes no sense until you have addressed Romans 1:19 to chapter 3 which unveils the problem with man.

Romans 1:21-23, “21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify (honor) Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile (vain) in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things”. There are four crucial things addressed in this verse, 1. Although men realize God’s existence, they do not glorify Him as God (v. 21); 2. Men are universally guilty of ingratitude to God, (lack of thanksgiving) (v. 21); 3. In the process of time men become increasingly “futile” (“empty” or “vain”) in their imaginations, darkening their minds (v. 21). 4. Finally, the process climaxes in a tendency to distort the concept of God and of His creation (v. 23). From this develops IDOLATRY (v. 23) and distortion, even of the biological designs of the eternal God (1:24–27).

The violation of these four opens doors to all kind of sins mentioned in vs. 24-32 where God let’s man have his way and that is tragedy.

“They did not glorify him as God…”, Glory according to Nelson’s new illustrated bible dictionary is beauty, power, or honor; a quality of God’s character that emphasizes His greatness and authority. The word is used in three senses in the Bible: 1. God’s moral beauty and perfection of character. 2. God’s moral beauty and perfection as a visible presence. 3. Praise offered to God.

1. God’s moral beauty and perfection of character. This divine quality is beyond human understanding (Ps. 113:4, The LORD is high above all nations, His glory above the heavens.). All people “fall short” of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). All heavens declare the glory of God, Psalm 19:1.

2. God’s moral beauty and perfection as a visible presence. While God’s glory is not a substance, at times God does reveal His perfection to humans in a visible way. Such a display of the presence of God is often seen as fire or dazzling light, but sometimes as an act of power.Some examples from the Old Testament are the pillar of cloud and fire (Exodus 13:21), the Lord’s deliverance of the Israelites at the Red Sea (Exodus 14), and especially His glory in the tabernacle (Leviticus. 9:23–24) and Temple (1 Kings 8:11). Since the close of the Old Testament, the glory of God has been shown mainly in Christ (Luke 9:29–32; John 2:11). There the glory of God will be seen everywhere (Revelation. 21:23).

3. Praise offered to God. At times God’s glory may mean the honor and audible praise that His creatures give to Him (Psalm 115:1; Revelation 5:12–13).

First, man fails to glorify (honor) God as God. THE ROOT SIN IS PRIDE, THE CORE OF MAN’S FALLENNESS, breaking the first commandment, James 4:6, proverbs 8:13 (can also be heard in prayers offered to God…), Evolution, another being, different gods. Blessings Ev

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