How can we explain the meaning of the Gospel in few words? Apostle Paul does that beautifully. He says, Gospel is the power of God for salvation and in the Gospel the righteousness of God is revealed. In other words, Gospel of God is power of God that redeems and helps us to walk righteously. God becomes our defender when we receive the Gospel, we feel the sense of worth and acceptance of God. This Gospel is regarding Jesus Christ who in his human nature was the seed of David and through the Spirit of Holiness with power and the resurrection from the dead, the Son of God.
Now the thing which I want to tell you today is from Romans 1:18…the wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness. The wrath of God is revealed…how does it revealed? Is it through flashing of light from sky? Is it by fire?hailstones?…No…the wrath of God is not revealed in this form. Then how it is revealed? we find three times ‘God gave them over’ in Romans Ch 1. What does that mean? Read verse 24, 26 and 28 (God gave them over)…it means God let them face the consequences of their own decisions. He withdrew his moderating influence, allowing their sin to run its full course. Now that is the wrath of God being revealed from heaven.
Let us see this in detail To simplify this I will put forth three questions.
1. To whom the wrath is revealed?
2. How the wrath is revealed?
3. Why the wrath is revealed?
First we will see to whom the wrath of God is revealed? Rom 1:18 wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men. So, this is clear that it is not against men but their wickedness and godlessness. Now teaches us a great lesson that God is not against man, He does not hate man but He hates their sin. People hate God because they think that He is against them and what all problems they are facing is because of God. Now I want to ask you….who are you to blame God? What we are going through was our decision. we choose our way and when we end up in destruction, why blame God? God is not against you but He is against your godlessness and wickedness. Please note, Paul says, godlessness and then wickedness that means the proof of our wickedness is because we don’t have God in us. Every wickedness is because of our godlessness.
Secondly, How does the wrath of God is revealed? As I told you before, in verse 24,26 and 28 it says, God gave them over and that’s how the wrath of God is revealed. He let them go ahead with their heart desire, He removed his hand of restrain.
# Verse 24 God gave them over in the sinful desires of their heart to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. Sex is not a sin because that is allowed between husband and wife but sex outside marriage is a sin because that degrades our body which is consider as the temple of God.
# Verse 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Both men and women were inflamed with lust and the result was homosexuality. Women exchanged and men abandoned God given rights. Homosexuality is a sin whether government approve it and pass a bible, God says it is against his principle and there is now law above God, there is no government above His everlasting kingdom. The developed nations has accepted homosexuality because God gave them over to do that and let me also say this, every country will surely face the consequence in future and some of them are facing the consequence already that is the wrath of God..his final judgement is more near.
# Verse 28 furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God he gave then over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. We can see the total loss in spirit, body and mind. That’s why bible says man is lost. People did not gave values to God that’s why they did not think it worth to retain the knowledge of God that’s why we see people doing things which should not be done. They think what they are doing is great and exciting but word says they are doing shameful things. This is how the wrath of God is revealed.
# Thirdly, Why God gave them over Now many people think God is cruel and He is responsible for everything that is happening in the world but that’s not true. Why God gave them over or why the wrath of God is revealed. Verse 18 says they have suppress the truth by their wickedness. Let us see ourselves though we know the truth but we try to suppress it in our conscious sometimes. Don’t we? Men have no excuse they know the truth but try to suppress the truth by wickedness. Next, even though they knew God they exchanged immortal God to mortal men and animals- they worship creation and not the creator. This is what happens when we suppress the truth we will worship gods and not God of the bible. Next, they exchanged truth of God to lie, they exchanged God gifted emotions to unnatural ones,they did not think worth to retain in the knowledge of God. Now this is why the wrath of God is revealed from heaven. don’t blame God now!
Therefore we need power of God to come out of this darkest pit. science or yoga cannot do that but only power of God. Gospel is the power of God for salvation from sin and wrath of God. Who will be saved? Everyone who believes the Gospel of God that mean everyone who receives Christ Jesus as their savior and Lord. God accepts you and give you the sense of worth by declaring you righteous through Jesus Christ and his blood. We receive forgiveness and mercy for our ignorance.People say world is developing but bible says world is sinking. Seek God in your life and ask Him to show who you are and who He is that’s the time you come to the truth of the Gospel that saves your spirit, mind and body.
May God bless you