God’s wrath against sinful humanity (Part 1)

Posted by Yong Joo Park on 20 August 2017 in The Book of Romans |

Romans 1:18 – 32

The paragraphs begin with “The wrath of God is being revealed … “ (v18) while v17 begins with “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed” (Romans 1:17).

Let us read v18.

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,

Jesus put God’s will above all, while wicked people put their will above God’s will and this is why & how they suppress the truth.

Then, can people say, “I didn’t know about God or the truth”? See v19.

19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.

V19 claims that it is plain to know God. V20 says the creation itself testifies about God.

See v20.

20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

God’s invisible qualities

  • His eternal power
  • His divine nature

have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.

Also, the Holy Bible testifies about God as it is the written word of God. And our hearts testifies about God (Romans 2:15) as we were created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27).

The root of the sin is shown in v21a.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him,

  1. They neither glorified Him as God

God seeks glory for Himself (John 8:50, Exodus 20:7, Matthew 6:9). Not glorifying God is the root of the sin.

  1. Nor gave thanks to Him

Ungratefulness & unthankfulness is the root of the sin.


Let us study remaining part of Romans 1 next time.

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