RomansPaul’s Exposition of “Salvation by Grace Through Faith” Lesson 3 II. God’s Righteousness: Needed by All Romans 1:18 - 3:20
From the last lesson, we studied.... • Paul’s announcement of his theme • The gospel is God’s power to save all believers • The gospel reveals God’s righteousness for man Now, Paul sets out in 1:18 - 3:20 to show why all men need the gospel -- because all men are sinful and under God’s wrath....
A. Gentiles Were Guilty of Sin Because of Disobedience Romans 1:18-32 • Had a manifestation of God in nature (18-20) • The wrath of God was revealed (18) • What may be known of God was manifest to them (19) • He had shown it to them (19) • They were without excuse (20)
A. Gentiles Were Guilty of Sin Because of Disobedience Romans 1:18-32 • Fell into idolatry despite their knowledge of God (21-23) • Although they knew God, they (Gentiles) failed to glorify Him and be thankful (21) • They exchanged real wisdom for foolishness (22) • They changed the glory of an incorruptible God into corruptible images (23)
A. Gentiles Were Guilty of Sin Because of Disobedience Romans 1:18-32 • God gave them up to vile passions of the flesh (24-27) • Uncleanness, lusts of their hearts, dishonored their bodies, exchanged the truth for lies, sexual immoralities (24-27) • Worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator (25)
A. Gentiles Were Guilty of Sin Because of Disobedience Romans 1:18-32 • Reprobate minds led to ungodly conduct of all kinds (28-32) • They did not like to retain God in their knowledge (28) • God gave them up to every kind of wickedness (29-31) (See chart of listed sins on pages 16-17) • Those who practice “such things” are deserving of death (32) • They also approved of those who practiced such things