Thoughts on the Epistle to the Roman (26)

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Who exchanged the truth of God for the lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

Romans 1, 25.

Verse 24 showed how God gave the heathen nations over to the lusts of their hearts and allowed evil to come to fruition unhindered. The reason for this is here explained in further detail.

People to whom this earnest judgment applies have given up the truth revealed by God. They refuse to ascribe to the Creator the place due to Him in their lives. If one turns away from the truth of God, nothing can be seen in its proper light and relationship. Everything is judged incorrectly and turned into a lie.

Mankind’s misery began with his believing the devil’s lie. It was a lie concerning God, the human race, the relationship between God and man and finally concerning the consequences of man’s disobedience. The devil promised man progress and elevation, but the opposite proved true. In paganism, just as in the ungodliness of our own age, no moral progress can be observed, but rather rapid decline. In addition, the creature is honoured in many ways, whereas the Creator, who is rightly worthy of reverence, is passed by unheedingly.

Paul knew the Creator-God. He was aware that, by failing to seek after the living God, man can only harm himself, but never God Himself. God is sovereign, His throne unshakeable; He is “the eternally blessed God” (Romans 9, 5). With the word “Amen” Paul joyfully joins in this doxology of the Creator and eternal God.