Romans 1:18-21 Sermon
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
Message for believers and non-believers, but today I want to focus on the warning this passage has for believers!
2 Corinthians 13:5 – examine
What is Romans 1:18-21 about?:
Ungodliness and unrighteousness of men
Ungodliness- lack of relationship with God
- Lack of devotion to God
- Self defined devotion to God
- Deuteronomy 6:4-5
- Psalm 14:1
- Do I fall into this category of ungodly? Examine yourself!
Unrighteousness- flows from ungodliness because to disdain God is to disdain his law, way of living and plan.
- John 3:19
- If I don’t respect my parent, then I won’t respect their rules
- If I don’t respect my boss, I won’t respect their regulations
- If I don’t respect my coach, I won’t follow their fundamentals
- Our relationship with sin, is ultimately a reflection of how we perceive God
By their unrighteousness Suppress the truth
What is the truth, that our God is holy, is to be reverenced, is to be our Lord,vs 19 that He is!
It suppresses the truth of verses 16 and 17
It is in our sin, our ungodliness, our unrighteousness that we suppress this truth, causing doubt and enabling a cycle of sin!
It is in our ungodliness and unrighteousness that we suppress the truth of who God is
Suppress: its ok, everyones doing it, God couldn’t possibly mean that,
The truth of the gospel, the truth of who God is, the truth of Godliness can only be suppressed, not erased because it is plain and God has shown it to us
At the end of the road of ungodliness, unrighteousness, and suppressing the truth (vs 21) is a foolish heart that is darkened.
Let us examine ourselves, test ourselves
Are we pursuing God rightly
Are we making room for sin
Are we actively killing sin in our lives
Is the truth of who God is and what He expects from us being suppressed in our hearts and minds
Here is the charge, regardless of how you answered the questions above:
1 Timothy 6:11-16