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Practice always outweighs profession as a test of true faith
1 John 1:6
God has no fellowship with darkness
1 John 1:5
John's motivation - his joy, fulfilled through his audience's mutual participation in their fellowship with God and Christ
1 John 1:4
Severed fellowship restored through credible, first-hand prophetic and apostolic witness
1 John 1:3
The Word of Life manifested, witnessed, and proclaimed.
1 John 1:2
Diagramming through the book of 1 John
Diagramming Index for 1 John
The Word of Life fully revealed to the Apostles
1 John 1:1
God acted for His own glory, not for our glory. We benefit, because God wanted to put the riches of His grace on display.
Ephesians 2:1-10
Who is there that does good?
Romans 2:9-10
Wrath and indignation to those who persevere in obeying unrighteousness
Romans 2:8
Eternal life to those who persevere in doing good
Romans 2:7
The just and righteous Judge, rendering just and righteous judgment
Romans 2:6
Why we shouldn't skip the bad news
Romans 2:5
The sin of presuming on God's mercy and grace
Romans 2:4
No one can escape the judgment of God, and everyone stands guilty before Him
Romans 2:3
And we know these things!
Romans 2:2
Self-condemnation - judging others while practicing the same things
Romans 2:1
Paul's Critique of Jewish Presumption
Romans 2:1-5
Those who give hearty approval to sinners
Romans 1:32
The unregenerate Gentiles - inventors of evil
Romans 1:29-31
Train up a child in the way he should go, and he will not depart from it.
Romans 1:29-31
Romans 1:28-31 - Paul's list of "social ills" - haters of God
Romans 1:29-31
The men who suppress and reject God's revealed truth.
Romans 1:27
God's judgment on man's rejection of His revealed truth
Romans 1:26
Paul thanks God for Timothy's sincere faith.
2 Timothy 1:3-5
God's grace, mercy, and peace to Paul's beloved son Timothy.
2 Timothy 1:1-2
"The underlying emphasis of the book of Romans is that salvation produces total transformation." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 7:4-5
"If a criminal dies, he is no longer subject to prosecution and punishment, no matter how numerous and heinous his crimes may have been."
Romans 7:1-3
"In chapter 7 Paul expounds the second truth in verse 6:14, that believers are now under grace." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 7:1-6
"Only the Son of God could have paid the cost of salvation. But He calls His followers to pay the cost of discipleship" ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:23
"Without exception, every person who trusts in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is freed from sin and enslaved to God." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:20-22
"God delivers men from enslavement to sin for the sole purpose of their becoming enslaved to Him and to His righteousness." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:19
"After genuine salvation a person will have the innate, Spirit-led desire to know and to obey God's truth." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:17-18
"The unsaved person is not free to do good or evil as he chooses. He is bound and enslaved to sin, and the only thing he can do is sin."
Romans 6:16
"A life that gives no evidence of moral and spiritual transformation gives no evidence of salvation." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:15
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Romans 1:28
God's abandonment to a depraved mind.
Published August 21st, 2020; Updated August 21st, 2020
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Romans 1:28
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Romans 1:28 NASB
Romans 1:28
28 And just as they did not see fit 1 to acknowledge God any longer, a God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,
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Romans 1:28-32
And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God
any longer,
God gave them over
to a depraved mind,
to do those things
which are not proper,
a) being filled with all
a) unrighteousness,
b) wickedness,
c) greed,
d) evil;
b) full of
a) envy,
b) murder,
c) strife,
d) deceit,
e) malice;
c) they are
a) gossips,
b) slanderers,
c) haters of God,
d) insolent,
e) arrogant,
f) boastful,
g) inventors of evil,
h) disobedient to parents,
i) without understanding,
j) untrustworthy,
k) unloving,
l) unmerciful;
and although they know the ordinance of God,
that those ... are worthy of death,
who practice such things
a) they not only do the same,
b) but also give ... approval to those
who practice them.
Repetition is something to take note of when doing bible study. It indicates something that the writer wants to emphasize. Verses 1:28-32 describe a claim that Paul makes for the third time - "God gives them over" - with the main thought beginning in v. 1:28. In the previous two times that Paul made this statement, the action of "God giving over" was "to impurity" in v. 1:24 and "to degrading passions" in v. 1:26, in other words, God gave them over to immoral and degrading actions and desires. In v. 1:28, we see God giving them over to a "depraved mind." We see here that God's abandonment of them is IN THE SAME WAY as their abandonment of Him. They were not willing to make a conscious choice to forsake themselves, take up their cross, and follow Him, so He, in the same way as they forsake Him, forsakes them and leaves them to their fate. No one can sit on the fence. You are either choosing Christ, or you are forsaking Him. You are either denying yourself, or you are denying Him. You are either following Him, or you are walking in the opposite direction that He is walking (Matt 16:24-25). You are either walking toward heaven, or you are walking toward hell (Matt 7:13-14). You are either a slave of Christ, or you are a slave of sin (Rom 6:16-18). You are either a child of God, or you are a child of the devil (1 John 3:4-10). There is no in-between. Let us "test ourselves to see if we are in the faith" (2 Cor 13:5). And John makes the test simple and clear - "By THIS the children of God and the children of the devil are OBVIOUS: ANYONE who does NOT PRACTICE righteousness is NOT of God" (1 John 3:10). This "depravity of mind" is obvious in anyone who is beset with sin, and unwilling to repent. You can see it clearly in the way that they justify their own sinful choices (usually by means of their own "logical" reasoning and "wisdom" - they "profess to be wise" v. 1:22). With them, "there is a way that seems right with a man," and they will fight to prove that it is indeed right, "but its end is the way of death" (Prov 14:12). If they claim to be Christians, they will often pick and choose what parts of the bible they are willing to apply to their lives and which parts they aren't. They will often apply absurd interpretation principles, in order to make the bible - in order to make God - say what they want it to say. God's act of abandonment to a depraved mind in itself leads to further corruption. Just as a pig will wallow in the mud, a depraved mind will furthermore choose sinful and depraved actions and lifestyles, which brings further judgment and abandonment from God. This is a sad spiral that just worsens and deepens. But there is hope - God's power is not limited, and He can save anyone from any depth of sin and separation. His grace is sufficient, and His grace is glorified more as He saves you from deeper and filthier depths of sin. But you have to repent and believe in the Gospel (Mark 1:15). Paul's focus in these verses are still on the unbelieving and unregenerate gentiles. But it is important to remember that this describes ALL of us as we once were. This is what we have been saved from if we are repenting and believing in the Gospel. Our responsibility, if we are truly regenerate, is to make sure that we are not still doing any of these things - to identify the areas in our lives where we are still doing it, confessing this in itself as sin, and forsaking it in the power of the Spirit and in the freedom from the power of sin that Christ has brought us.
Disclaimer: The opinions and conclusions expressed on this page are those of the author and may or may not accord with the positions of Biblearc or Bethlehem College & Seminary.