Walking Through Romans
In Need of A savior
This post goes along with the lessons posted at the end of this message.
Have you ever met a fool? You know that person who talks a big talk but after a little while you can see that their actions do not reflect the words that come out of their mouth. They have made a profession of wisdom but that is all it is just a profession, just words no action. I have been there, actually all of humanity has been there, or is there at this very moment.
Paul says in Romans 1:22 that the Gentile ( the pagan, or the unbeliever) has said with his mouth that he is wise, but as we examine the rest of Romans 1 we can see that he is actually a fool. So in the context of these verses Paul is referring to the fool or the foolish as a non-believer.
Now the question arises, “What is a fool?” The Scripture text will give us insight into this question, but lets look up the word to see what it means.
Strong’s dictionary: Reference # 3471: moraino from morós = foolish and root of our English moron = very stupid person)
Webster Dictionary: a person with little or no judgment, common sense, wisdom, etc.; silly or stupid person; simpleton
Let’s read this Romans passage and pull out the truths that show us how foolish this person is. Or in other words, how their profession and their actions do not match up.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four footed animals and crawling creatures.”Romans 1:20-23
God has made Himself known, but instead of worshipping the One true God, they worship an image instead. How foolish!
We are going to do a comparison. First we will look at the Images and how God describes them and then we will look at what God says about Himself. You be the judge of which is foolish, or which is wise.
First lets answer this question. What is an image? An image is a representation of something or someone. In this context, the foolish person is worshipping an image; a representation of God.
Why would someone exchange the glory of God for an image? Why would someone worship a bird, a man, or a four footed animal? The scripture answers that by saying, “They knew God; they could look at the creation and understand that something bigger than themselves created all this. But instead of recognizing that and honoring God, they flipped it around and worshipped that which He had created!” How foolish is that?
What do the Scriptures teach about their image? Their IDOL?
The following Scripture references will teach us what God says about their image, or their idol.
- Romans 1:23
- Jeremiah 10:1-5
- Jeremiah 10:8-9
- Jeremiah 10:11
- Jeremiah 10:14-15
- They are corruptible, subject to decay; they will perish.
- They are made by human hands.
- They are made from wood and decorated with silver and gold.
- They have to be fastened together with a hammer and nails so that they do not fall over.
- They cannot speak.
- They cannot walk; they have to be carried.
God describes the idol-worshipper as being delusional. He says, “They are altogether stupid and foolish.” Not my words, these are the words of God from Jeremiah 10: 8
What do the Scriptures teach us about God?
Now we are going to use the same verses and make a comparison of the false god with that of the One True God.
- God is incorruptible. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
- The LORD is the true God.
- He is the living God and the everlasting King.
- He can speak.
- He can stand on His own.
- He is the Creator; not the Created.
- He was not formed, nor fashioned. He has always been.
- He does not need to be carried; He carries the whole world in His hands.
It is so hard to not keep going on and on about the Greatness of God!! I did throw some other scripture references in the mix. I hope you do not mind!
“It is He who made the earth by His power, who established the world by wisdom, and by His understanding He has stretched out the heavens.” Jeremiah 10:12
When we worship anything other than God we are worshipping an idol. A false representation of Him. We know that in the context of Romans 1 Paul is describing an unbeliever. Praise God that He has opened our eyes to see how foolish we once were.
“For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in the flesh but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.” Titus 3:3-5
Praying today for those who are worshiping a false idol. Will you pray with me?