The Gospel, Homosexuality, and The Wrath Of God (Romans 1:16-2:11)Ken Miller, March 23, 2014
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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Romans 1:16 – The Gospel means good news
or a good message. Jesus took our sins on
himself; dying for our sins and rising again
and ascending to heaven is good news.
Jesus did miraculous signs to the demon possessed
man and many others and that
was the good news of the Gospel to them.
How do we feel about the Gospel? Are we
ashamed of it? The Gospel shouldn't keep us
quiet. Paul was not ashamed of the Gospel. It
was his whole life.
We need to teach our children the fear of
God and the need to obey Him and have faith
The Gospel is the only thing that can save us
from an eternity without God. If we saw a
neighbor drowning, would we be ashamed to
throw him a life ring? Would we think he
thought we were some kind of extremist? We
should not be ashamed then of the Gospel.
The Gospel is the way that we are made
righteous. Abraham believed and he was
counted as righteous.
Salvation is the salvaging of a human life
from a shapeless, useless life. If we take the
"yeast" of the kingdom of God and mix it in
with that life, it transforms us.
How is God salvaging us? If we call out to God in our frustrations and temptations, He can transform us by the life that is in God. Faith can change us. Because God has changed us, we need to be living, active exhibits of God's righteousness.
The wrath of God – The wrath of God is revealed to those who suppress the truth. If we live in ungodliness, righteousness is held and suppressed, and it's against those that the wrath of God is revealed.
What do we need to do to come under the wrath of God? Nothing! Knowing the truth of God and not doing anything. See the creation all around us and not glorify God. Know all about God's plan but don't yield to Him. What happens is darkness, and things go downhill.
If we don't worship God, we will worship something else. The wrath of God is being revealed as a present reality against those who suppress the truth against God.
The lukewarm Christian is in danger of falling into the wrath of God. The time to turn to God is NOW!
What sin can't God remove from us? How can we escape the wrath of God? Flee to the Gospel! It has the power to save us!
16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. 2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. 2But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. 3And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? 4Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 5But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11For there is no respect of persons with God. (KJV)