Under Gods Command

Romans 1:18-20 The wreath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be know about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

In these verses, Paul answers a common objection to belief in God: How could a loving God send anyone to hell, especially someone who has never heard about Christ?  In fact, says Paul, God has revealed himself plainly in the creation to all people.  And yet people reject even this basis knowledge of God.  Also, everyone has an inner sense of what God requires, but hey choose not to live up to it.  Put another way, people’s moral Standards are always better than their behavior. If people suppress God’s truth in order to live their own way, they have no excuse.  They know the truth, and they will have to endure the consequences of ignoring it.

Lets Bring it Home: If people suppress God’s truth in order to live their own way, they have no excuse.  They know the truth, and they will have to endure the consequences of ignoring it.

Some people wonder why we need ministers if people can know about God through nature (the creation).  The answer:

1.     Although people know that God exists, they suppress that truth by their wickedness and thus refuse a relationship with him.  Ministers sensitively expose their error and point them to a new beginning.

2.     Although people may believe there is a God, they refuse to commit themselves to him.  Minister help persuade them, both through loving words and caring actions.

3.     Ministers convince people who reject God of the dangerous consequences of their actions.

4.     Ministers help the church obey the Great Commission of our Lord (Matthew 28:19,20).

5.     Most important, though nature reveals God, people need to be told about Jesus and how, through him, they can have a personal relationship with God.

Lets Bring It Home: Knowing that God exists is not enough.  People must learn that God is loving.  They must understand what he did to demonstrate his love for us.  They must be shown how to accept God’s forgiveness of their sins.

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