Focus Sermon Series
Romans 1:20 For 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:
I. The Revelation of the Sovereign
IN this chapter, we find multiple references to the fact that God has revealed Himself to man.
- 17 …the righteousness of God revealed…
- 18 …the wrath of God is revealed…
- 19 …is manifest in them, for God hath shewed it unto them…
- 20 …the invisible things are clearly seen…
By the way, God has revealed himself to mankind in two distinct ways:
A. General Revelation
God has revealed Himself to man through:
1. Creation – vs. 20
- 1 « To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. » The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
- 2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
- 3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
- 4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
- 5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
- 6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
- Psalm 9:16 The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth:
- 14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
- 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
Through General Revelation, God reveals to man:
- The existence of God
- The power of God
- The need for God
The basic purpose of General Revelation is to condemn man.
General Revelation is not enough in that it does not contain the plan of salvation or reveal God’s personality.
Creation was perfect, but it has been contaminated and cursed by man’s sin.
It is a monument of man’s sin as much as it is of God’s power.
God chose to expound on His General Revelation by giving us something far more informative.
B. Specific Revelation
God used a variety of means to reveal Himself to man in a specific way.
In Genesis, 37, He used dreams.
In Daniel, He used visions.
In I Samuel 3, He used an audible voice.
In Numbers 22, He spoke to man through an animal.
In Luke 1 and 2 among other places, He used angels.
In our text, Paul referred to this Specific Revelation in verse 2:
- 2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)
The Son of God was God’s ultimate Specific Revelation. (the word became flesh…)
The Scripture was God’s finalized Specific Revelation.
The purpose of General Revelation is to condemn man.
The purpose of Specific Revelation was to save man! (Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word…)
Notice how many times we find reference to this revelation:
God revealed SO MANY ASPECTS OF HIMSELF to man.
There is a long list of things that God has revealed to mankind.
No less than 11 times, we find the phrase “Of God” in this chapter.
- Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
- Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
- Romans 1:10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.
- Romans 1:16 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.
- Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
- Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
- Romans 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
- Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
- Romans 1:32 Who 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.
God has revealed Himself to two groups of people. The believers AND the unbelievers.
What is the result of their reception or lack of reception?
They are broken down into two different groups in this chapter.
II. The Reception of the Saints – vs. 7 …called to be saints…
This group is known by their FAITH.
- 5 …by whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith…
- 8 …that your faith is spoken of throughout all nations…
- 12 …by the mutual faith both of you and me…
- 16 …to every one that believeth…
- 17 …revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, the just shall live by faith.
They are distinguished as “beloved of God” in verse 7.
- Romans 1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
III. The Rejection of the Sinner
This group is known by their FOOLISHNESS.
- 21 – …their foolish heart was darkened.
- 22 …they became fools.
- 28 …they did not like to retain God in their knowledge
- 28 …God gave them over to a reprobate mind…
- 31 …without understanding…
They are referred to as:
- Unwise – vs. 14, 22
- Ungodly – vs. 18
- Unrighteous – vs. 18 (2 times)
- Unthankful – vs. 21
- Unclean – vs. 24
- Unnatural – vs. 26, 27, 31
- Unseemly – vs. 27
- Unmerciful – vs. 31
They are also distinguished as “the haters of God – vs. 30
- Romans 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Their hatred of God is in different degrees.
By nature, all of us were “at enmity with God” – Eph. 2
By nature, all of us were enemies of God just by being friends with the world.
- James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
By nature, we were all haters of God in that we served sin.
- Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Conclusion: If you are here today, God has revealed Himself to you. And according to the Scripture, you are in one of two categories:
You either identify with the “beloved of God” crowd, or the “haters of God” crowd.