8 October 2018 – Romans 1:18-20 (NIV)

8 October 2018 – Romans 1:18-20 (NIV)

Scripture

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 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 people are without excuse.

Reflection

Here we read how Paul starts the theme of ‘justification’. Two things stand out from these verses. Firstly, people will always find ways to suppress the truth through various means (like philosophy, science, rationale, and even sometimes religion) to justify their wickedness. Paul warns here that our own ‘cleverness’ can often be our own stumbling block to fully embrace God. Secondly, the very same means that are often used to suppress the truth are in actual fact exposing God’s truth and it’s visible in plain sight. Paul states, the way God use to reveal himself to people (from the beggining of age), are the very same excuse people use to suppress the truth. It’s for this reason that people are without excuse (Con).

Thoughts for the day

  • Is there anything in your life that you use as an excuse to suppress God’s truth?
  • What is that one stumbling block in your life that prevents you fully to trust God?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?

Prayer

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. Be still and allow the presence of Jesus to bring you rest right now.

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Con Loggenberg - Discipleship Director
Con Loggenberg is the Discipleship Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF) and a graduate of University of Pretoria, South Africa and South African Theological Seminary. He and his Texan wife, and twin boys live in Shanghai, China.