This may seem like an ugly devotional to start the week but sometimes life is ugly and better to be forewarned than forlorn.
In v.1-17 Paul expounds upon the excellency of the Gospel to the church at Rome. Culminating in his final two sentences (verses) that explain the Gospel; “…is the power of God for salvation…)”
Paul having described the greatness and Glory of the “Good News” changes themes to the darker side and reminds folks the reason God had to send His only begotten Son as a sacrificial lamb, to die on a cross for everyone’s sin.
There are consequences for one’s sin and unbelief.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; – God is Holy and as such can not overlook sin. His wrath, His complete and utter disgust against all unrighteousness has been revealed from the beginning.
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. – God puts the truth in all men, even those who deny Him.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: – The day will come for all men to stand before their creator and at that time the maximum effective range of their excuses will be ZERO METERS! God will say I gave you plenty of opportunities and you continued to deny me. God’s attributes, His power in creation, His wisdom, goodness, mercy (the list goes on) being continually on display and available for all to see and know.
Far to often today God’s wrath is downplayed or takes a back burner so to speak in churches. But with more than 600 references in the bible one would think the opposite would be true.
I do not often quote C.S. Lewis but this is a good one:
“God is the only comfort, He is also the supreme terror: the thing we most need and the thing we most want to hide from. He is our only possible ally, and we have made ourselves His enemies. Some talk as if meeting the gaze of absolute goodness would be fun. They need to think again. They are still only playing with religion. Goodness is either the great safety or the great danger–according the way you react to it. And we have reacted the wrong way.”
Folks seem to think that God’s wrath and anger (the second holds such a negative connotation in modern times) are similar, they are not! Anger in the modern sense usually refers to sudden uncontrolled outbursts. God’s Wrath in the biblical sense refers to the Righteous Punishment for a Crime (Sin).
Everyone (at least most everyone) has heard or read Romans 3:23 ‘all have sinned and fell short of God’s glory’ God has to deal with His Righteous Wrath towards our wayward (sinful) actions. Hence Christ’s propitiation at Calvary and the Gospel.