Romans Lesson 2 Day 3
My answers to BSF study questions
6. People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God. (MSG)
- Irreverent— “They refuse to worship Him, failing “to show the love, honor, and appreciation due to the One who created them!” (Voice)
A selfless person can be content with very little. A self-centered person cannot be satisfied. Thankfulness is a sign of humility, and cultivating a life of thankfulness will help keep “self” in its proper place.
Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary
- Wickedly foolish in their thoughts of the divinity (The Epistles of Paul in Modern English, George Barker Stevens)
After the first two steps have been taken, then the individual’s mind is free to begin imagining foolish, wicked, and idolatrous thoughts. This leads to a hardened heart (“foolish heart was darkened,”) and being reprobate.
A reprobate mind is a mind that has no restraints. There is no conviction. The conscience has been seared as with a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:2). Those who are reprobate know they are wrong and don’t care. Anyone who still cares, regardless of what they have done, isn’t reprobate. Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary
7. a. Their thinking became nonsense. (HCSB)
They pretended to know it all but were illiterate regarding life. (Romans 1:22 MSG)
The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning (the chief and choice part) of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight and understanding. Proverbs 9:10 AMP
If their beginning is wrong, so is their outcome.
“But instead they became futile and godless in their thinking with—” (AMP)
- vain imaginings
- foolish reasoning
- stupid speculations
Their senseless minds were darkened. (Romans 1:21 AMP)
“Men cannot charge God with hiding himself from them and thus excuse their irreligion and their immorality.” (Lenski)
i.The fact is once a man rejects the truth of God in Jesus, he will fall for anything foolish, and trust far more feeble and fanciful systems than what he rejects from God.
ii. This futility of thinking, darkening of the heart, and folly must be seen as one example of God’s righteous wrath against those who reject what He reveals. Part of His judgment against us is allowing us to suffer the damage our sinful course leads to. (Guzik)
b. Their senseless minds were darkened
Thankfully, God knew this would happen, so He had a plan.
God sent the Word—His Son, Jesus—who is the life and light of the world.
His breath filled all things
with a living, breathing light—
A light that thrives in the depths of darkness,
blazes through murky bottoms.
It cannot and will not be quenched. John 1:4-5 Voice
Darkness cannot overpower this Divine Light.
Jesus said, “I am the light that shines through the cosmos; if you walk with Me, you will thrive in the nourishing light that gives life and will not know darkness.” John 8:12 Voice
Every born-again child of God is also the light of the world.
Let your light shine everywhere you go, that you may illumine creation, so men and women everywhere may see your good actions, may see creation at its fullest, may see your devotion to Me, and may turn and praise your Father in heaven because of it. Matthew 5:16 Voice
8. Claiming to be wise, they became fools
“This was the common boast of the philosophers of antiquity. In the ancient Greek language, φιλόσοφος (philosophos) meant lover of wisdom.” Barnes
—professing to be smart, they made simpletons of themselves. (Vs 22 AMP)
This is happening in epidemic proportions today. Most of the people who are considered the smartest and the elite are people who don’t even believe in God (Psalms 14:1 and 53:1) or don’t fear Him (Proverbs 1:7). (Andrew Wommack)
Only a fool would trade the splendor and beauty of the immortal God to worship images—
—of the common man or woman,
Paul may have had “in his mind those exquisite chiseling of the human form which lay so profusely beneath and around him as he stood on Mars’ Hill; and “beheld their devotions.” Jamieson-Fausset-Brown
Today, the human form is adorned, celebrated, and flaunted in endless immodest ways. Pornography addiction and many other perversions abound.
—bird or reptile, or the next beast that tromps along. (verse 23 Voice)
Referring now to the Egyptian and Oriental worship, according to Jamieson-Fausset-Brown.
Some cultures still worship idols in the form of various animals. In America, some revere the animal kingdom above man God created in His own image.
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