Scripture Reading: Romans 1:18-23
The fundamental problem in the world is the sinfulness of humankind. We are born with a sinful nature which we inherited from our first father Adam — “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). The Bible says that before our spiritual rebirth we were “dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked” (Ephesians 2:1).
In our passage today Paul is describing what sinful people do — they suppress the truth of God. God’s truth is all around us — “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (vs. 19,20). The Psalmist wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1).
Look around and observe what God has created. The creation bears witness to God’s eternal power and His divine nature. The problem is that sinful human beings suppress this truth. They don’t want God on His terms — “None is righteous, no not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God…There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:10,11,18). Because they continually suppress the truth they do not accept the things of God — “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” (I Corinthians 2:14).
The only way this dreadful spiritual state of humankind can be changed is through the supernatural work of the gospel in one’s life — “For it (the gospel) is the power of God for salvation” (v. 16). God has to intervene; God has to act. Only God Himself can give spiritual life to a spiritually dead sinner — “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4,5).
Lord God, at one time in my life, I suppressed Your truth in my unrighteousness. I was spiritually dead, but You acted. You made me alive together with Christ and opened my eyes to Your truth. I ever thank You enough for the grace that You lavished upon me in Christ!
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