Romans Chapter 1 Study, Part 9of12, by 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.”

Not only has men not glorified God even though they had the knowledge of God as Romans 1:21 tells us, they were also not thankful to Him. Men would rather give thanks if they have to to everything else but God. Men are universally guilty of ingratitude to God, (lack of thanksgiving) (v. 21).

People pray and receive but they do not take time to thank God Luke 17:11 e.g. 9 Lepers Cleansed. At thanksgiving many times you hear thanks being mentioned but not directed to anyone for example people say, “ I am thankful for my children, for my job …”, thankful to the mother nature. Men believing to be lucky when good things happen to them. James 1:17, “ Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”. Man thank man rather than God.

Because men did not glorify God for who He is, or even give Him thanks, men vs. 21, “…became futile (vain) in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools. “To forsake God is to exchange truth for falsehood, meaning for hopelessness, and satisfaction for emptiness . In order to suppress the witness of the ordered structure of the universe, and the innate testimony of the conscience, fallen men had to develop a reasoning process of imagination. This reasoning is described by God as vain because the whole structure of man-made philosophy is devoid of divine truth and therefore invalid. Thus, by suppressing the truth of God and believing their man-made falsehood, they plunged their foolish heart deeper into darkness. When they exalted their human reasoning and paraded their wisdom before their peers, they acted as fools. The foolish heart is not one deficient in intelligence but one deficient in the moral understanding of who God is”, John McArthur. Breaking the second commandment.

Finally, the process climaxes in a tendency to distort the concept of God and of His creation vs. 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”. From this develops IDOLATRY and distortion, serving a god in our making. “The foolishness and practical wickedness of the heart cloud and darken the intellectual powers and faculties. Nothing tends more to the blinding and perverting of the understanding than the corruption and depravedness of the will and affections”, John McArthur.

For this reason, man is making a god in his mind he is comfortable with, not the God of the bible. You often hear people say, my god will never do such and such a thing, or my god is not …. Also when man distort the concept of God, he set’s himself as the center of his own plan, he’s own god. When he looks in the mirror, he sees the god he worships, himself. Idolatry is the oldest sin in the book and God will share no glory with anyone. Blessings Ev

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