The Plain Truth-Romans 1:18-21

Romans 1:18-21 “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 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 people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”

Romani 1:18-21 “L’ira di Dio si rivela dal cielo contro ogni empietà e ingiustizia degli uomini che soffocano la verità con l’ingiustizia; 19 poiché quel che si può conoscere di Dio è manifesto in loro, avendolo Dio manifestato loro; 20 infatti le sue qualità invisibili, la sua eterna potenza e divinità, si vedono chiaramente fin dalla creazione del mondo, essendo percepite per mezzo delle opere sue; perciò essi sono inescusabili, 21 perché, pur avendo conosciuto Dio, non lo hanno glorificato come Dio, né lo hanno ringraziato; ma si sono dati a vani ragionamenti e il loro cuore privo d’intelligenza si è ottenebrato.” 

     Paul begins this section of Romans in sharp contrast to verse 17 which is the gospel of righteousness that is revealed by God. Here the depravity of man manifests itself in godlessness, wickedness and suppression of the truth. It is easy to see godlessness and wickedness in our world but the suppression of truth is much more subtle. We may be quick to notice the evil around us but the clever deception of suppressing the truth is not always easily recognized. We live in a world where truth has been defined as having no absolutes and is as transient as the changing of the seasons. Over time, even our once held beliefs can be gradually eroded by a redefinition of terms or seemingly new “enlightenment”. 

     Paul is clear in his declaration that God has made the truth quite plain (v. 19). The word “plain” from the original language implies something visible or clear. God has every right to expose His wrath on people who deliberately distort the truth that He has made plain. Paul then proceeds by describing how it is it seen: God’s invisible qualities of His absolute power and deity. These two qualities make it clear that that His truth is eternal.

     What is Paul’s conclusion? The wrath of God is justified and people are without excuse. Let us always remember that suppressing, redefining or reinterpreting the truth is an exercise in futility.

Pray with me: Lord, once again Your Word teaches that me that truth is non-negotiable. Help me to not fall under the influence of those who try to suppress Your truth.

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