The truth that is suppressed
Romans 1:18-25
This is a very complex scripture, as are many others.
Published June 1st, 2012
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2008-12-29 08:32:22
2008-12-29 12:19:08
This is a very complex scripture, as are many others. I had a bit of difficulty diagraming the complex logic. The diagram is far from perfect, and I hope that through sharing and discussion I can gain a better understanding of the text. I believe the main point is this: A great truth is being suppressed by all mankind: the truth that God is great and glorious, as manifested in His creation. By not honoring God, thanking God, worshiping God, or serving God, all men are suppressing the great truth that God is both good and great. It is for this reason that God is angry, and has given them over to dishonor. The display of God's wrath in this text is His giving them over to the lusts of their hearts in order to be dishonored. There is much more, but that is a summary. I am just scraping the surface of this very important text. Here are some key cross references that I believe can help: Psalm 19:1-6 Explains God's revelation in nature. Jeremiah 2:4-13 An example of exchanging God's greatness for worthless idols. Genesis 3:1-19 Not only is this an example of exchanging God's glory for the idol of self, it is also the point in time where all such exchanging began. In Adam, we all exchanged God's glory for the idol of self. We decided we could be wise like God ("professing themselves to be wise") and put ourselves in position to decide right and wrong. Since Adam, all humans are born in this fallen state, making our own decisions about right and wrong, dishonoring God, and suppressing the truth of His greatness. One great emphasis of this text is to justify God's wrath and leave men without excuse (verse 20). A key observation is that the phrase "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" is immediately followed by the inference "So they are without excuse". This rules out using this text to show that there is a way to know God apart from the gospel of Jesus. Paul is actually proving the opposite. He restates this in verse 21 using a concessive "although they knew God". This kind of knowing is not a saving kind of knowing; instead it is an intellectual knowing of God that makes people accountable, and without excuse for suppressing the truth.
10000000003767 3767 Notes 2008-12-29 08:32:22 2008-12-29 12:19:08 This is a very complex scripture, as are many others. I had a bit of difficulty diagraming the complex logic. The diagram is far from perfect, and I hope that through sharing and discussion I can gain a better understanding of the text. I believe the main point is this: A great truth is being suppressed by all mankind: the truth that God is great and glorious, as manifested in His creation. By not honoring God, thanking God, worshiping God, or serving God, all men are suppressing the great truth that God is both good and great. It is for this reason that God is angry, and has given them over to dishonor. The display of God's wrath in this text is His giving them over to the lusts of their hearts in order to be dishonored. There is much more, but that is a summary. I am just scraping the surface of this very important text. Here are some key cross references that I believe can help: Psalm 19:1-6 Explains God's revelation in nature. Jeremiah 2:4-13 An example of exchanging God's greatness for worthless idols. Genesis 3:1-19 Not only is this an example of exchanging God's glory for the idol of self, it is also the point in time where all such exchanging began. In Adam, we all exchanged God's glory for the idol of self. We decided we could be wise like God ("professing themselves to be wise") and put ourselves in position to decide right and wrong. Since Adam, all humans are born in this fallen state, making our own decisions about right and wrong, dishonoring God, and suppressing the truth of His greatness. One great emphasis of this text is to justify God's wrath and leave men without excuse (verse 20). A key observation is that the phrase "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" is immediately followed by the inference "So they are without excuse". This rules out using this text to show that there is a way to know God apart from the gospel of Jesus. Paul is actually proving the opposite. He restates this in verse 21 using a concessive "although they knew God". This kind of knowing is not a saving kind of knowing; instead it is an intellectual knowing of God that makes people accountable, and without excuse for suppressing the truth. notes
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Romans 1:18-25
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For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven
against all ungodliness and unrighteousness
against all ungodliness and unrighteousness
of men who suppress the truth
of men, who by their unrighteousness
in unrighteousness,
suppress the truth.
because that which is known about God is evident within them;
For what can be known about God is plain to them,
for God made it evident to them.
because God has shown it to them.
For since the creation of the world
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived,
His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen,
ever since the creation of the world,
temporal
being understood through what has been made,
in the things that have been made.
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ground
so that they are without excuse.
So they are without excuse.
For even though they knew God,
For although they knew God,
they did not honor Him as God
they did not honor him as God
or give thanks,
or give thanks to him,
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concessive
but they became futile in their speculations,
but they became futile in their thinking,
and their foolish heart was darkened.
and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Professing to be wise,
Claiming to be wise,
they became fools,
they became fools,
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and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.
and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
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Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity,
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity,
so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.
to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,
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For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie,
because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie
and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator,
and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator,
who is blessed forever. Amen.
who is blessed forever! Amen.
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10000000003767 3767 Arc 2008-12-29 08:32:22 2008-12-29 12:19:08 editing Romans 1 18 1 25 Romans 1:18-25 45 NT nasb esv i120438 i120415 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven i120439 i120440 i120416 against all ungodliness and unrighteousness against all ungodliness and unrighteousness i120441 i120417 of men who suppress the truth of men, who by their unrighteousness i120442 i120443 i120418 in unrighteousness, suppress the truth. i120444 i120419 because that which is known about God is evident within them; For what can be known about God is plain to them, i120445 i120420 for God made it evident to them. because God has shown it to them. i120446 i120447 i120421 For since the creation of the world For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, i120422 His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, ever since the creation of the world, temporal 1 i120423 being understood through what has been made, in the things that have been made. actionmanner 1 actionmanner 1 ground 1 ground 1 i120424 so that they are without excuse. So they are without excuse. i120448 i120449 i120425 For even though they knew God, For although they knew God, i120450 i120426 they did not honor Him as God they did not honor him as God i120427 or give thanks, or give thanks to him, series concessive 2 i120451 i120428 but they became futile in their speculations, but they became futile in their thinking, i120429 and their foolish heart was darkened. and their foolish hearts were darkened. i120452 i120430 Professing to be wise, Claiming to be wise, i120431 they became fools, they became fools, actionresult 2 i120432 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. negativepositive 2 bilateral 1 actionmanner 1 1 ideaexplanation 1 i120453 i120433 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, i120434 so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, actionpurpose 2 i120454 i120435 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie i120455 i120436 and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, i120437 who is blessed forever. Amen. who is blessed forever! Amen. ideaexplanation 1 series bilateral 1 actionmanner 1 1 1 1 nasb 25 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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