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Exchanging The Glory (Romans 1:18-28)

Paul Johnson, May 30, 2021
Part of the Romans series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

From the beginning of creation, God has clearly shown to mankind two significant truths about Himself—His eternal power and His Deity. What have we done with this truth? We have failed to glorify God as God, and we have exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image made like corruptible creatures. This rightly would bring upon us the eternal wrath of God—which is why the gospel is such good news!

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Romans 1:18–28

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.

(ESV)

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