Romans 1:18-23: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth [l]in unrighteousness,19 because that which is known about God is evident [m]within them; for God made it evident to them.20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not [n]honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 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 [o]crawling creatures.  Romans 1:18-23

God has placed His fingerprints throughout creation.  Man is without excuse when it comes to the existence of God.  When people look at the beauty and the magnificence of creation they have two choices before them.  Is what they are looking at created and has a creator, or God doesn’t exist at all?  For those who come to the conclusion that there must be a God they are drawn by the Holy Spirit to Jesus Christ.

It is the Holy Spirit who opens our hearts and minds to understand the truth about Jesus and our need for a savior.  Wickedness and unrighteousness exist in the world because people reject the truth of who God is.  When someone rejects the light and glory of God all they are left with is the lies, darkness, and deception of this world.

Those who reject the truth of who God is have their hearts darkened and are given over to the depravity of their hearts.  The human heart is inherently wicked because every person is born into sin and the only one who can save us from our sin is Jesus Christ.  People have exchanged the worship of the one true God for things that He has created.  When people reject the worship of Jesus Christ their hearts and lives are open to the darkness and deception of Satan.

There are natural consequences in rejecting Jesus Christ.  Not only is a person eternally lost when they reject Jesus Christ, but they live in bondage to the darkness of this world.  They believe they are free because they are pursuing every wicked desire.  But they are indeed in bondage and if they fail to repent of their wicked ways, they will spend an eternity separated from God and His kingdom and will find themselves in Hell.  God never sends people to Hell.  People in their reject of Jesus Christ and who He is send themselves to Hell because it is the choice they have made.


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