SCRIPTURES TO READ: Romans 1:21-32
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 foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. 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 forever! Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 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 themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. 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 righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
QUESTIONS TO ANSWER:
- In what sense do you think mankind “knew” God according to verse 21?
- Instead of acknowledging this truth (God is the Creator) they did not honour Him nor thank Him. What does Paul say happens to their minds and hearts as a result of this decision? (v21)
- How was their futility and foolishness demonstrated ultimately? (v23, 25)
- What phrase is repeated three times by Paul to highlight God’s response to mankind’s idolatry? (v24, 26, 28)
- What do you think “gave them up” implies? (v24, 26, 28)
- In which three ways did God give mankind up? (v24, 26, 28)
- Read the list of sins that mankind is filled with because they reject God as their creator (vv29-31).