Pastor Chris (Crit) Fukunaga
God’s wrath is not only a characteristic about Him; it is also important for understanding ourselves/ We can learn from this passage about God’s wrath manifested in ourselves.
What happens when a person hasn’t heard of Jesus?
He is judged by conscience, judged by your own definition of good and evil, and judged against Jesus Christ and will face God’s wrath.
Thesis of passage:
God’s wrath will come to people because they choose to worship themselves over God.
The opposite of worship of God is worship of the self as God. Worship of creator vs worship of creation as the creator.
Orge (Greek) - refers to God’s wrath:
(Five Types of Wrath)
Environmental - Ex: Noah’s Ark
Sowing and reaping - Ex: Sinning and the fruits of sin
Eschatological - Ex: Revelation
Eternal - Ex: Hell
In the case of the passage, God's wrath is removing Himself from the human spirit - taking away His restraining hand of grace.
No matter if you’ve ever heard of anything Christian, every single human has built into them a capacity to understand that God exists. There has to be a creator God behind everything, as seen in His creation. People will reject God. They will see Him and reject Him. Nature reveals God, but they choose to reject Him. Then they start worshipping idols, images, creation. There is no spiritual, neutral gear to the human soul. Our soul is always worshipping something or someone. We are always longing to worship.
Verse 24, 26, 28
“God gave them up...” He removed His hand of grace and restraint from their heart, and:
They dishonor their bodies
They exchange the truth of God for a lie
They worship the creation
Their hearts were ruled by dishonorable passions.
Their minds become debased
Note: God did not impose their evil desires. They were evil already.
Verse 29, 30
Description of the human and culture when they reject God and when God is absent.
Good news! We have been justified by the blood of Jesus Christ.
If you’re struggling with idolizing something, recommit yourself to worshipping God.