Welcome to a study in Romans Chapter 1. Please read the first 17 verses of Romans one (as they are introductory) and then join me in this study, beginning at verse 18.
One purpose of my putting forth this study is for the reader to understand that the book of Romans was written approximately in 57- 59 B.C. so some might ask the question, how do God’s scriptures so accurately portray the condition of both the ancient and modern heart of mankind?
Romans 1 vs 18 and on. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in righteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, For God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood but the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they without excuse, because although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man – and birds and fourfooted animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lust of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason, God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use of what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
And Even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil mindedness; they are whispers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful, who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
Let’s have some further understanding, clarification, and wisdom. How can anyone assume or believe that God created human beings this way. He certainly did not. Please be clear and understand that Satan brought about the fall of man through his deceiving Adam-and-Eve in the garden of Eden. Adam and Eve brought about this curse through disobedience. Now, I know many of you skeptics are gonna start with your questions, asking why God would allow such things to happen. Why would God allow this to happen, especially if He could have stopped it? God gave free will. God is building a family to be with Him in eternity. God does not want robots. He could have configured us in many different ways. He chose the way He chose, and as long as we’re on this side of death, some things will remain a mystery. We have to learn to accept that and live by faith.
Some of my more personal thoughts on God include: God is in the third heaven. The first heaven is the earth’s atmosphere. The second is outer space. The third is somewhere beyond outer space. The apostle Paul wrote that this third heaven was beyond description, being far more than beautiful.
God is the Alpha and the Omega. He can step into time whenever He chooses. With His first coming, He stepped into the times of the Roman empire as a sacrificial lamb; His second coming will be as a conquering Lion.
Satan is currently the prince of this world and age, but his time is short, explaining all the chaos. Friend, know this, you do not want to be around for the coming Tribulation. Learn about and prepare for the soon to come Rapture. Frankie The Earthman.