HE GAVE THEM
OVER TO A REPROBATE MIND
16 For 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.
therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is
written, The just shall live by faith.
the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and
unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
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:
Brothers, God has showed the lost of this world all of his creations. All that they need do is to look around at the mountains, stars, heavens, trees, flowers, animals, etc.
They even have faith in many things, but they refuse to faith in Jesus our Lord. They choose to trust in themselves and mankind rather than our living God. God says here in verse 20 above that they (the lost of this world) are without excuse.
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.
themselves to be wise, they became fools,
changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to
corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Man has corrupted their souls by making all matter of images as their God. In bible days it may have been a golden calf, or other beast of some kind. In this day it is the things that they can work to attain. Such as houses, cars, clothes etc. God says that these things which they do worship are as corrupt as the souls of the men themselves are corrupt.
God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to
dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature
more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
All you need do today brothers is to look around at how the people of this day place far more importance on the creatures of this earth than they do God our creator.
this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did
change the natural use into that which is against nature:
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.
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
filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness,
maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things,
disobedient to parents,
understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable,
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.
Brothers, verse 32 above says that we are not to have pleasure in those people who do the above listed things.
God bless you my brothers. It is very, very late and we will be judged very soon. If you see yourself in the above paragraphs please move away from these things now.
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