The Path of Wrath – Romans 1:18-32

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**1. The Wrath of God (Defined)** *Vs. 18a*

NOTE: There are two Greek words that are translated as wrath.

i. Thymos – hot surge of rage, coming from the root that means to breathe violently

ii. Orge – Indignation that rises gradually and is more settled.

Its original meaning was connected with plants and fruits in their swelling with juice until they finally burst. As a flower bud swells, cracks slowly and then bursts into bloom, so the wrath of God will burst forth against this ungodly world.

***a) Is revealed from heaven***.

1 Thess 5:9

***b) Against all ungodliness.***

* This speaks of offenses that are directed toward God.

***c) Against all unrighteousness of men.***

• In Matthew 22:37, Jesus simplifies this to explain that that the whole law is built upon two principals – loving God, and loving others!

*Matt 22:37-40
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”*

NOTE: Paul will now begin to describe some of the aspects of the ungodliness, and unrighteousness of men.

**2. The Truth of God Vs.** *18b-20*

***a) Is manifest in them***

• The inner witness of a person’s conscience is something that can be suppressed, but also seared!

*1 Tim 4:1-2
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,*

***b) Is revealed to them***

* Cosmology, (the study of the origins of the universe) is a huge subject, especially in light of modern science. Simply put – there is enough witness in creation that men ought to recognize God’s eternal power, and Godhead!

NOTE: The Greek philosophers, Plato and Aristotle who was a (diest – belief in a supreme being that is unknowable and untouchable) set forth their philosophical arguments that everything that exists or occurs must have a first cause some 300-400 years before Jesus was born. This may have been a reasoning that Paul was familiar with. Their ideas were that if someone were to go back far enough in time, one would discover first cause.

In the 13th century, a Christian theologian Thomas Aquinas, expanded on the idea, explaining that the first cause was God. This was eventually also adopted by Islamic philosophers in the middle ages and remains a powerful argument known today as the Kalam (speaking – or medieval theology) Cosmological Argument.

1. Whatever begins to exist, has a cause of its existence.
2. The universe began to exist.
3. Therefore, the universe has a cause of its existence.

In our time, William Lane Craig (reasonable faith) has used this argument to present reasons not only for the existence of God and his eternal nature as the uncaused first cause, but also His personal involvement with His creation in choosing to create.


Through the natural world, we see the supernatural and eternal power of God.

***c) Is suppressed by them***

**3. The Glory of God** *Vs. 21-23*

***a) They chose not to glorify Him.***

***b) They changed His glory.***

***c) They became futile and foolish in their hearts and minds.***

Ps 14:1
The fool has said in his heart,
“There is no God.”*

**4. The Wrath of God (Described)** *Vs. 24-32*

God gave them over….

NOTE: One aspect of God’s wrath that is often overlooked is this idea of Him simply giving men over to their own wicked desires. With this understanding, we see that this world is not only primes for final judgment, but it is already experiencing it to some degree.

***a) To uncleanness*** *Vs. 24-25.*

***b) To vile passions ** *Vs.* 26-27.*

*1 Cor 6:9-11
Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.*

NOTE: We do well to remember the time in which Paul writes this letter. Roman society was saturated with idolatry, and immorality of every sort. Paul was writing to a church where immorality was rampant, and homosexuality was the acceptable norm.

For some 200 years, men who openly practiced homosexuality, often with young boys, ruled the Roman Empire.
At times, the Roman Empire specifically taxed approved homosexual prostitution and gave boy prostitutes a legal holiday. Legal marriage between same gender couples was recognized, and even some of the emperors married other men. At the very time Paul was writing, Nero was emperor. He took a boy named Sporus and had him castrated, then married him (with a full ceremony), brought him to the palace with a great procession, and made the boy his “wife.” At another time Nero lived with another man, where Nero was the “wife.”

***c) To a debased mind*** *Vs. 28-32.*

A society that is given over, is filled to the brim with unrighteousness which is seen in…

1. Sexual Immorality – Sexual conduct outside of what is intended
2. Wickedness – Desire to injure another person
3. Covetousness – Desire to obtain what belongs to another
4. Maliciousness – Doing evil things
5. Envy –
6. Murder –
7. Strife – Argumentative, contentions
8. Deceit –
9. Evil-mindedness – Misrepresenting others to put them in a negative light
10. Whisperers – Communicate an evil report in secrecy
11. Backbiters – Slander, speak ill of the faults of others openly
12. Haters of God –
13. Violent –
14. Proud –
15. Boasters –
16. Inventors of evil things – Those who seek out new ways to gratify their lusts
17. Disobedient to parents –
18. Undiscerning – Inconsiderate, foolish
19. Untrustworthy – Those who break agreements
20. Unloving – Those who lack natural affection – especially in regard to their children
21. Unforgiving – Those who will not be reconciled
22. Unmerciful – Those destitute of compassion.

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