The Message in Romans (4)

The wrath of God continued

Paul begins his theological presentation by asserting that the sin problem was so big that only God could solve it. The wrath of God is His hatred of sin. Why God hates sin? He hates sin because it kills the sinners by separating them from Him, so God determined to save the sinners. The humankind had no excuse for sinning in the garden of Eden; and, for continuing to practice the acts of sin. Even though sin built the barrier between the humankind and God, there was no excuse for not knowing God. “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 men are without excuse.” Romans 1:20, NIV.

The godlessness of the humankind and pursuit of the sinful ways was at a critical point, at the time the Messiah was born. “At just the right time,” Romans 5:16, NIV, God sent His Son to save the dying world. It is the same today. The humankind is pursuing its ways, and in just the right time Jesus will return to take His faithful to be with Him. The Satan, in the past, employed his worst brand of evil in the attempt to disrupt Gods plans for the humankind. The humankind cooperated willingly with Satan in implementing his strategies. Whether men realized or not what they were doing did not justify their guilt. Sufficient knowledge about God and His ways always existed, so men are without excuse for cooperating with God’s enemy.

Today, as throughout history, men are so proud of themselves that they cannot differentiate between the right and the wrong. “Although they knew God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” Romans 1:32, NIV. They knew God, but continued in evil ways because “…their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Romans 1:21, NIV.

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Dan Lazich

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