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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
1:18 For - There is no other way of obtaining life and salvation. Having laid down his proposition, the apostle now enters upon the proof of it. His first argument is, The law condemns all men, as being under sin. None therefore is justified by the works of the law. This is treated of #Rom 3:20|. And hence he infers, Therefore justification is by faith. The wrath of God is revealed - Not only by frequent and signal interpositions of divine providence, but likewise in the sacred oracles, and by us, his messengers. From heaven - This speaks the majesty of Him whose wrath is revealed, his all - seeing eye, and the extent of his wrath: whatever is under heaven is under the effects of his wrath, believers in Christ excepted. Against all ungodliness and unrighteousness - These two are treated of, #Rom 1:23|, &c. Of men - He is speaking here of the gentiles, and chiefly the wisest of them. Who detain the truth - For it struggles against their wickedness. In unrighteousness - The word here includes ungodliness also.
Ro 1:18 For. Now follows a declaration of the world's unrighteousness, of the wrath of God against unrighteousness, and hence the need of the righteousness of God through the gospel received by faith in order to salvation. The "for" introduces an argument which shows that Christ's gospel is the world's only hope. The wrath of God. His displeasure. Is revealed. Not only by the declarations of the Holy Scriptures, and his judgments, but by nature's teachings, and by the human conscience. Ungodliness. Irreligiousness. This is the fountain of unrighteousness. Hold the truth in unrighteousness. There is a measure of truth revealed to every man. See Ro 1:19. Many refuse to profit by the light they have, and love the darkness rather than the light. All who do not live up to the knowledge they possess, who do worse than they know, hold the truth in unrighteousness. They obstruct the truth, rather than let it have free scope.
Rev. Autrey's comment on 2013-09-01 18:22:44:
(Verse 18) "But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people ..." The thought of this verse is that all of us are this way. "You may be saying, "What terrible people you have been talking about! But you are just as bad," Paul says in Romans 2:1. This means that even when we do good according to human standards, we are still doing evil in the eyes of God.
This is hard for us sinful people to understand because any sense we make of it comes from an evil heart that is always rebellious to God. What I am saying is, man's heart is locked into evil, meaning that any so called good man does is always done with an evil intent.
Paul says that, yes, we know there is a God, but our evil hearts won't acknowledge him, nor will they do what he says. "They are backstabbers, haters of God. ..."
But God has put the ability in the hearts of men to repent and turn to him in faith. That's why Paul says that our salvation is acomplished from start to finish by faith, and not good works.
Randy's comment on 2012-10-02 23:28:55:
One must read John 3 over and over "men hates the light" neither come to the light" why? Because they love darkness, there’s none that seeketh after God, man has no desire for real truth, man doesn't want to give up his "pleasure of sin" men desire is towards sin and it's pleasure. Look at angels tell Lot to leave Sodom knowing its doom, the scriptures say "he lingered". Remember his wife looked back. A perfect picture of man when presented with gospel of grace, man will, lingered or look back. Before, Lot was in Sodom when he separated from Abraham. The scripture says he "pitch his tent towards Sodom”. Again man’s heart loves the world and it's deceiving pleasures. Remember all scripture is given for doctrine, reproof and correction, but to whom? Not to sinner but to the man of God, so that he can walk upright. All scripture is given so that we look at those examples. Men "knew Him not" they think they know Him but their heart is far from Him.
Corky Duke's comment on 2012-08-31 02:03:32:
A god with this much wrath and anger is NOT a god of unconditional love!!!
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