Pastor/Teacher Charles E. Whisnant
Romans 1:22 Professing (PAPMPN) to be wise, they became fools (3SPAPI)
Romans 1:23 and exchanged (3PAAI) 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
- PROFESSING (alleging, asserting, affirming) TO BE WISE: phaskontes (PAPMPN) einai (PAN) sophoi:
- (Ro 11:25; Pr 25:14; 26:12; Is 47:10; Jer 8:8,9; 10:14; Mt 6:23; 1Co 1:19, 20, 21; 3:18,19)
• For contempt of others.
• For unwillingness to forsake sin.
• For falsely professing to follow Christ.
• For assuming Jewish lineage can save.
• For rejecting the Messengers of Christ
• For failing to fear and reverence God.
- God has a right to judge: Romans 1:18-23.
- Paul gives FOUR REASONS FOR THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD’S JUDGMENT:
- God has given the truth of God.
- Man is responsible for responding properly to the revelation of God:
- • Acts 14:15, 17:23,27, John 1:9
- 1. Men have rejected the revealed creation of God, and refuse to thank and glorify Him.
- 2. Rejecting the light of God’s knowledge in their consciences, men now arrogated to themselves wisdom, and became—what? Fools! “The fear of the Lord is the beginning”—of both knowledge and wisdom (Pr 1:7; 9:10; 15:33; Ps 111:10-; Job 28:28).
1B Professing (5335) (phasko from phemi = to say or affirm) means to affirm, allege, pretend, profess. The idea conveyed by this verb is that one is speaking with an air of certainty, stating something with a high degree of confidence The English word assert which means to affirm or declare positively or with assurance and often even forcefully or aggressively. The idea of assert implies stating confidently without need for proof or regard for evidence.
- Man rationalizes his sin and proves his utter foolishness by devising and believing his own philosophies about God, the universe, and himself
- Rejecting the light of God’s knowledge in their consciences, men now arrogated to themselves wisdom, and became—what? Fools! “The fear of the Lord is the beginning”—of both knowledge and wisdom (Pr 1:7; 9:10; 15:33; Ps 111:10-; Job 28:28).
THREE WAYS THEY HAVE BECOME FOOLS:
1B COMPROMISE: THEISTIC EVOLUTION:
2B LIBERAL THEOLOGY: