Romans 1:27-32

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Text: Romans 1:27-32

Aim: To show that man lacks the righteousness of God and therefore needs to be saved.

THE WRATH OF GOD

INTRODUCTION:

In Romans 1:1-17 we have the introduction to Romans. In verses 1-7 we have noted the author of Romans, in verses 8-15, the occasion, and in verses 16-17 the theme. That theme is the gospel of Christ which is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.

Verse 18 begins a new section of Romans. In Romans 1:18-3:20 we see man's lack of righteousness.

We see that the pagan Gentile lacks the righteousness of God in 1:18-32.

We will also see that the moralist, whether Jew or Gentile, lacks the righteousness of God.

We will furthermore see that the Jew lacks the righteousness of God.

Finally, we will see that all humanity lacks the righteousness of God.

We have already seen that -

I. GOD'S WRATH IS AGAINST SIN - 1:18

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.

We have also seen that -

II. GOD'S REVELATION OF HIMSELF GIVES HUMANITY AN ADEQUATE OPPORTUNITY - 1:19

Romans 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

We have furthermore seen that -

III. HUMAN SIN IS DELIBERATE - 1:20

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.

We are in the process of seeing, not only that human sin is deliberate, but also that -

IV. HUMAN SIN DEVELOPS PROGRESSIVELY DOWNWARD - 1:21-32

Note the downward progression.

1. Although humanity knew God, they did not glorify Him as God and were not thankful. They also became worthless in their imaginings. As a result, God judged pagan humanity by withdrawing spiritual light they had previously enjoyed.

Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

2. Humanity, however, they did not think of themselves as having their foolish heart darkened. In reality, they were asserting that they were wise.

Romans 1:22 Professing (i.e. asserting) themselves to be wise, they became fools (i.e. foolish).

3. The deception of their minds began to show itself in their practice. Humanity became idolatrous.

Romans 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

4. Wherever you find idolatry, you will also find immorality. They go hand in hand. Humanity became immoral.

Romans 1:24-27 - 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves.

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature.

27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

5. Humanity obtained a reprobate mind.

In verse 24 we have seen that God gave pagan humanity up to uncleanness, a term for immorality.

In verse 26 we have seen that God gave pagan humanity up to vile affections, which show up in homosexuality.

In verse 28 we see that God gave pagan humanity up to a reprobate mind. As a consequence of a reprobate mind, society finds homosexuality acceptable as an alternate lifestyle. I remind you, however, that it is not, and never has been, acceptable to God.

Romans 1:28-32 - 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Now let's go back and work out way through these verses.

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.

Even as is used in a causal sense and is to be understood in the sense of because, since, or in so far as.

They is the same group referred to as men who suppressed the truth in unrighteousness.

Did not like to retain God in their knowledge means that they did not approve of having God in their experiential knowledge.

The fitting consequence for their disapproval of retaining God in their knowledge is that God gave them over to a reprobate mind, i.e. a worthless, base sort of mind which is disapproved by God and, therefore, rejected by God.

The purpose of God's giving them over to this mind which is rejected by Him is that they might do those things which are not convenient (i.e. are not proper or fitting).

Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers.

Being filled introduces verse 29. It refers to the same ones whom God gave over to a mind rejected by Him in order that they might do the things which are not proper.

With all means with every kind of or with all sorts of.

Unrighteousness denotes injustice or wickedness.

Fornication means unchastity and is used of every kind of unlawful sexual intercourse. It might very well be understood to mean prostitution

Wickedness means baseness or maliciousness.

Covetousness means greediness, insatiableness, or avarice. These people have an insatiable desire to have more, but it is never satisfied.

Maliciousness, i.e. faultiness, badness, wickedness, or depravity. It generally has reference to vice. In a moral sense it is understood as malice, ill will, or malignity.

Full of is persons full of

Envy is jealousy. It is the type of displeasure that is produced when one sees someone else that is prospering.

Murder or killing has to do with taking the life of another.

Debate is contention. It expresses the enmity that is on the inside.

Deceit has to do with cunning or with treachery. It was primarily a term for bait and came to mean craft or deceit.

Malignity is malice. It has to do with an evil disposition which tends to put the worst possible construction on everything.

Whisperers means tale-bearers. It pictures one who goes about privately or secretly speaking against others.

Romans 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents.

Backbiters means slanderers or ones who speak evil of others. The difference between backbiters and whisperers is that whispering is done secretly while backbiting is done openly.

Haters of God

Despiteful means a violent man or an insolent man. It is the kind of person who is injurious to others and who completely disregards the rights of others.

Proud is used in the sense of haughty or arrogant. This person shows himself to be above others as if he himself were something more than he really is.

Boasters is braggarts.

Inventors of evil things is contrivers of wicked things.

Disobedient to parents needs no explanation.

Romans 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful.

Without understanding means senseless or foolish and implies a high lack of moral quality.

Covenantbreakers means faithless ones. A covenantbreaker is one who refuses to do what he has already agreed to do. His word is no good.

Without natural affection means unloving and is used especially of parents for children and of children for parents.

Implacable means irreconcilable. It suggests one who is incapable of being persuaded to enter into a truce.

Unmerciful means without mercy, without compassion, or without pity.

Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Who is such ones who.

Knowing is understood as although they knew. What they knew is the judgment of God.

God's judgment means God's regulation, requirement, or commandment.

That they which commit such things are worthy of death is the judgment or regulation of God. They knew this but committed these sins anyhow.

Not only do the same indicates that they commit these same sins themselves.

But indicates a strong contrast.

Also suggests in addition to.

The word translated have pleasure means to agree with, approve of, consent to, or sympathize with.

In them that do them means that they have an attitude which delights in getting others involved the same sins they commit. This is in spite of knowing full well that God will ultimately reward their evil deeds with eternal punishment in hell.

CONCLUSION:

Are you saved?

Are you going in the right direction in your Christian life?