Tuesday, December 23, 2008

C.1 Thesis expanded - the state of truth

C.1 Thesis expanded - the trap]

18: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of those who by their wickedness suppress the truth. [The truth in unrighteousness. Third person plural]

19: For what can be known about God is plain to them, because
God has shown (phaneroun) it to them.
20: Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity,
has been clearly perceived 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 senseless minds were darkened.
22: Claiming to be wise, they became fools,
23: and exchanged the glory of the immortal God
for images resembling mortal humans and birds and animals and reptiles. 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 for ever! Amen. 26: For this reason
God gave them up to dishonorable passions.
Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural,
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 their own persons the due penalty for their error.
28: And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God,
God gave them up to a base mind and to improper conduct.
29: They were filled with all manner of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice.
Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity,
they are gossips, 30: slanderers, haters of God,
insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil,
disobedient to parents, 31: foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.
32: Though they know God's decree that those who do such things deserve to die,
they not only do them but approve those who practice them.

The pronouns are really obvious- aren't they? Imagine reading it knowing you are going to switch from third person to second person in chapter 2.

One chapter a day is sufficient.
This series on Romans begins here

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