I’ve been mulling about in and around Romans 1:18 of late.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, - Romans 1:18 NASB
This comes in stark contrast to the two preceding verses.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH." - Romans 1:16-17 NASB
Both speak of a revelation and a relationship to the Truth.
In verse 16 the declaration of the Truth (the gospel) brings a revelation of God’s righteousness. (See Friday’s post.)
In 18 the suppression of the Truth (the gospel?) causes a revelation of God’s wrath.
Both expose righteousness. God reveals His own righteousness, while exposing the transparency of man's attempt to hide his own unrighteousness.
We try to pretend we didn’t know. We suppress the knowledge pressed upon us by all creation. We stand before Him without excuse.
In hopes of self-justification we respond like those goats in Jesus description of judgment, “Lord, when?” (See Matthew 25:44.)
Lord, keep me from suppressing the truth that rises up within me calling me to repent, the voice that is willing to make excuses and pretend I didn’t know. I want to be one of those who run to the light and walk with you in the Truth. Let my mouth—and my life—declare the Gospel so others might know of Your great righteousness, and turn.
Thanks for coming by,
See you again soon,