Today we have a lot of scriptures to get through. I didn’t feel like breaking verses 18-32 up because they all speak on God’s judgement towards sin. I believe it is important for non-believers and believers to learn the importance of living a righteous, clean life before the Lord. Both non-believers and believers learn through the scriptures we will be studying today that sin separates us from God.
Romans 1:18-19 says, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;” “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.”
Sin is oftentimes a term that many today don’t want to hear spoken. The word sin tends to offend many, but the word sin is very prevalent in our societies today. We see the consequences of sin on the news, on social media, at our jobs, and at our children’s schools. The world has a sin problem.
When God created the earth and gave Adam a help meet in the Garden of Eden, I don’t believe it was ever His plan for Eve and Adam to sin. But because the God we serve is merciful, he created us to have free will to choose what path we want to live in this lifetime. Eve and Adam chose to sin against God and because of their choice, the fall of mankind happened.
As God’s creations, we have a choice to make. That choice is to either serve God here on earth while we have the chance to or deciding to live a life full of sin, missing out on an eternity in paradise. That is pretty scary to think about, isn’t it? I mean, eternity is never ending.
Romans 1:20-21 says, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”
All around us today, we see the glory of God. We see His glory on the hiking trails we take, in the budding flowers of spring, and in the snowflakes that fall during winter time. There is no denying that there is a higher power out there.
Growing up, I was a pastor’s kid for many years. Even though I was raised in a Christian home, there came a point in my life when I decided to turn away from God and live a life that was pleasing to myself. I chose to turn away from righteousness and walked right into Satan’s trap. That trap made me believe that drinking and sleeping around was just about having a good time and that I could still say I loved God and sin too. I lived in that trap for many years until one day, God let me hit rock bottom.
I knew who God was, but I denied Him in my actions. When we sin, we are denying the very existence of God and choosing to live according to our flesh (our own desires). It is through our actions and choices that people discover our character and the conditions of our hearts.
What do our actions say about our hearts and our character today? Do they say that we love God and His word or do they say that we don’t love God and His word? The way we live our lives says a lot about who we are.
As someone who has lived a life without God, I can say I know how hard it is to get back to Him. But when I hit rock bottom, I knew I had a choice to make and that choice would define me and my life for years to come. It was in my darkest moments, trying to sober up and dealing with my regrets that I chose to come back to God.
He was calling me to Him and I couldn’t ignore His calling anymore. I stopped running from God and instead, ran towards Him at full force. It is when I collided with God and His power that I realized how free I could be once I said goodbye to sin.
Sin will only chain us down and bind us up. It is through salvation and grace that we find freedom and peace for our lives.
Romans 1:22-23 says, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,” “And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.”
When we claim to know God, our lives better live up to that claim. If our lives don’t match up with what we claim, we twist the truth of God and His word to fit our lifestyles. God is uncorruptible and without sin and we are to mirror His image and be like Him. We are to put Christ on and the only way to do that is by living an uncorruptible, sinless life.
Where there is Christ and His spirit, there will be no sin. As Christians, if we have salvation, Christ dwells within us and where Christ dwells, there is only light- there can be no darkness. We know that sin is equal to darkness, so with that truth, we know that God cannot dwell within sin.
Romans 1:24-27 says, “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:” “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.” “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:” “And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”
God doesn’t make people sin, but He does allow for people to make their own choices. God wouldn’t be a merciful, loving God if He had created us to not have free will to choose. When it comes to serving and loving God, He wants us to choose Him because we want to, not because we feel like we have to. He wants us to have a sincere desire to serve and live for Him.
In verses 24-27 we see the New Testament speak on homosexuality. We learn through these scriptures that God never intended for men to be with men and women to be with women. But in the last few verses we will be looking at today, we see that God does not use a measuring stick when it comes to sin. Homosexuality is a sin, just like envying and lying is.
Sin is sin to God. It cannot be measured and should not be measured by us.
Romans 1:28-32 says, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;” “Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,” “Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,” “Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:” “Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”
In these scriptures, we learn that to God, sin is sin. We learn that in order to be Christians, following after righteousness, that we cannot have any part with sin. We see that God places murder in the same category as backbiting. I believe He did this to teach us that no matter what sins someone has or is committing, they can be saved from them. I believe these scriptures teach us to steer clear of the “little things”, like back biting, envying, and being proud because even those sins can get us into a lot of trouble.
When it comes to sin and righteousness, the bible is very clear on which path we are to follow. On the Romans Road to Salvation, you will not find sin walking around proudly. Instead, you will find holiness lighting the pathway for you to walk.
DIY: DO IT YOURSELF
- Why do you think God doesn’t measure sin like we do?
- Are there certain sins that you believe are worse than others? How can you allow God to change your viewpoint?
- How can we learn to stop measuring sin?
- Is there a way to love the sinner but hate the sin?
- Answer these questions in your journal and make sure to read Romans 1:18-32 today!
Tomorrow we will start studying Romans Chapter 2 as we continue on in our journey towards receiving and obtaining salvation.