The God Who Is There
By definition, all of us are involved in a feud of some kind. Since the definition of a ‘Feud’ is a “prolonged dispute or quarrel”, I’d say every believer has a feud with Satan and every non-believer has a feud with God. Today’s scripture (Romans 1:16-25) was written to the believers in Rome that are feuding within the church.
In our last sermon, the Children of Israel were with Moses at Mt Sinai as he received the 10 Commandments or “The Law”. Now about 1,400 years later, the Jews are torn between “The Law”… a new Messiah…and new believers that are not Jewish. And this seems to be reason for the feud.
- In the church there were 2 types of believers: the Jews and the Gentiles or Greeks. The Jews believed “they” were God’s “chosen people” and He loved “them” more than anyone. But the Gentiles thought that if the Jews were God’s chosen people then why’d they crucified His Son?
- Through all the feuding Paul knew two things: That in times of peace and in times of disputes…God is always there. And at all times…we must never forget that our mission…is to serve God…and lead others to Him. So Paul diverts their attention…by saying, “I am not ashamed of the gospel…” Now why would anyone…be ashamed of the gospel?
- It’s been about 25 years after the life of Christ and the message was still hard to accept in both Israel and Rome.
- The gospel was about a Jewish carpenter and a teacher who was put to death on a cross by Roman
- Now the message says this man ‘Jesus’ was raised from the dead and is now called Lord or ‘Kurios’. But Kurios is what they called Caesar but now the Romans are to call a Jewish carpenter ‘Lord’ Can you see the confusion?
- That’s why Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:23, that the gospel would be a “stumbling block” to the Jews and would seem “foolish” to Gentiles.
- The “crucified Messiah” was a stumbling block to the Jews
because it’s a contradiction in terms to them.
- The “intellectual” Romans thought it “foolish” that the Jews
the “Chosen People” would crucify God’s Son. Only the ‘scum of society’ was crucified.
- Paul knew he couldn’t change generations of beliefs but the Holy Spirit could!
- So with their focus on sin, Paul warns the Jews and Greeks to cling to the gospel because they’re under “God’s wrath.”
- Throughout the OT, mankind knew God, they fellowshiped with God and they betrayed Since the Garden of Eden people have been unholy, unrighteous, and ungodly. And still today people continue to “suppress the truth”.
But what truth are people suppressing? It’s the simple truth that God is the Creator! God created the heavens and the earth and He created you and me! But the “intellects” choose to dispute the Word of God. But to them I say, “The earth wasn’t created by planets colliding and mankind didn’t fall out of a tree or crawl out of the ocean. We were created by the hand of God.” That’s why Paul wrote in v 25, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie… and worshiped and served created things…rather than the Creator…who is forever praised. Amen.”
You see, when someone doesn’t have God in their heart mind and in their mind it causes them to replace His truth with a lie. And the lie causes them to worship and serve the created and not the Creator. So what does mankind serve?
And what does mankind worship? Mainly “themselves.” People are caught up in vanity and looks but so was Lucifer. People actually believe they’re smarter than God but so did Lucifer. Now why would anyone think they have all the spiritual answers? Because if they didn’t they’d have to admit there really is a God.
And a lot of people don’t want to do that. Because if they admit that God exists then they’re not in control anymore. And if God is in control then He has the right to judge us. And only the Creator has the right to pass judgment. And people don’t want that. Why? Because they don’t want anyone passing judgment on them.
But here’s the truth God is the Creator and He does stand in judgment. And as He looks down upon His creation, He knows one thing for sure, they’ve “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
Paul tells us in v 20 that “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities— his eternal power and divine nature— have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” The problem isn’t that people don’t know the truth it’s that they’re determined to oppose the will of God! They choose to go against God’s moral standard. They choose to go against His Word. And when they oppose Him they’re “without excuse.” There will come a day when everyone will understand that phrase, “without excuse.” It will be on ‘Judgment Day’.
When mankind chose to disobey God and had to leave the Garden of Eden, God created for us a beautiful new world. He didn’t have to, after all we messed up, not Him. But because He loves us, He gave us a planet filled with majesty and mysteries. There are miracles that take place around us everyday that remind us of just how much God loves us.
For instance, the caterpillar. During this time of the year the caterpillar begins to build it’s own casket called a ‘cocoon’. Because pretty soon the caterpillar will literally die. But several months later, the casket opens and what comes out isn’t a caterpillar but a beautiful butterfly. That’s how it is with each of us. God can bury our old sinful lives and give us a new spirit. Only in God can we be “born again” like a butterfly.