Romans Podcast Expository Files 2018 Berkley - Page 15

Romans ~ God’s Wrath, Part 1
Rom. 1:18-31
A simple approach to the book of Romans is the PROBLEM-SOLUTION model. Man has
a problem only God can solve. Sin is the problem - the gospel is the solution. Of course, there
is a lot packed into that. The problem of sin is exposed in the vivid indictment of Romans
First, look through the passage and just highlight the words and phrases: “unrighteousness,
suppressing the truth, ingratitude, futility of thought, foolishness, uncleanness, lusts, sexual
immorality, covetousness, gossip, disobedience to parents, hatefulness,” etc. These sins were
notable in the Gentile world and most of this is celebrated in our age. Sin is the problem the
gospel was given to solve.
Second, it is more than just the presence of these evils on earth; God is offended. While His
wrath is not like human anger out of control that lashes out without discipline, “the wrath of
God is revealed from heaven.” He wants what is good for human beings but observes all this
rebellion against Him. Sin is the problem the gospel was given to solve.
Third, man is without any excuse. Man can “clearly see” evidence of God’s existence and
power. Yet, man walks right into futility and foolishness. “They are without excuse.” Sin is the
problem the gospel was given to solve.
God is offended by sin. But He gave the gospel of Christ as the solution. It is a remedy every
sinner can apply by the activity of faith.
It was appropriate to the church in Rome that Paul wrote of the moral degradation of the Gentile
world (1:18–32). It was a world gone mad with arrogance, lust and cruelty. What Rome could not
invent of immoral filth they borrowed from the Greeks and the empire even while still swelling was
rotting. Their rejection of God and elevation of themselves had turned their minds sour. They became,
said the apostle, “vain in their reasonings, and their senseless heart was darkened.” All kinds of
defilement followed—vile and perverted passions, total irreverence, a merciless loss of respect for
anyone or anything.
I have imagined that it must have been difficult to be a Christian in a world like that, but of late it
has required much less imagination. The times in which I am living seem to be turning in the same
crazed direction. It is a bit like being the only sane man in an insane asylum. You issue urgent warnings
about impending disaster and are met by a mindless amusement. – Paul Earnhart iii
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