(Part 5) We Are Living In Times As Stated In Romans 1

A continuation of A verse by verse look, through Romans 1:18-32, to show the time we are living in today. The Great Tribulation is very near, which makes the rapture even closer.

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Continuing with Romans 1:31

31 They are senseless, faithless, heartless, merciless. -Romans 1:31 BSB

The word “senseless” in Greek means to be unintelligent due to a lack of spiritual wisdom. That type of person without spiritual wisdom will be driven in any direction that Satan decides to place him in. Some people who at one time claimed to follow Jesus but then apostatized and are now used by the enemy to attack the God of Scripture whom they claim doesn’t exist. Satan will only use to his full capacity, in the kingdom of darkness, the senseless.

The word “faithless” in Greek means one who breaks God’s law and is untrustworthy. When people become anti-God, it won’t be for the better, but the worse. No one can trust them, as they will stab you in the back to get ahead, or if they “feel” you are a threat to their health, financial stability, and status. They will show no mercy or compassion unless it benefits them.

The word “heartless” in Greek gives the meaning of being without affection and love. One can have superficial love—the love that the world exhibits—but at the same time be without real love. Real love shows compassion for strangers even though it won’t, in this world, benefit you. True love can only come by the Spirit of God, which is sacrificial love—putting others above you. A person without God cannot obtain such love.

The word “merciless” in Greek gives the meaning of being cruel, like having the power to do something to help an individual but instead refrains so that the person suffers. Before the Great Tribulation, society will show more hostility toward believers in Jesus Christ and even attempt to kill some of them because their hearts have become callous. A calloused heart (one who has completely rejected Jesus) cannot be penetrated and will die in a sinful state.

32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things are worthy of death, they not only continue to do these things, but also approve of those who practice them. -Romans 1:32 BSB

Everyone is without excuse since God’s Word is vastly available, even for free. The conscience of godless people will condemn them for their sinful behavior because God’s law has been written in their hearts. All homosexuals, transgenders, thieves, adulterers, drug users, and the rest, who practice sins of all kinds, know full well that they are living wrong. Since they love their sin more than God, it pushes them to continue in that lifestyle and promote it to the youth through the education system, forcing society to accept it as virtuous. However, in God’s eyes, it is disgusting and will only bring those who practice such sins spiritual death after they fall into the hands of God’s judgment.

This ends the series of Romans 1.

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The Danger Of Abandoning The Lord

20 If indeed they have escaped the corruption of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, only to be entangled and overcome by it again, their final condition is worse than it was at first. 21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than to have known it and then to turn away from the holy commandment passed on to them. 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.”

2 Peter 2:20-22 BSB

Starting from the last verse, a dog and a pig illustrate an unregenerate person. The vomit and mud symbolize a sinful lifestyle. On the one hand, you have the body ejecting something harmful from within, and the other is washed clean from the outside. Both illustrations, the dog and the pig: reflects a person who at one point did 180 degrees through the conviction of the Holy Spirit. However, the person’s change of lifestyle from sin to holiness was only momentary.

In the second half of verse 20, the person seems to get caught up again with their old sin habits. This time though, the sin that the person left at first when he returns to it again becomes a stronghold in his life worst than the first time and much more harder to overcome.

In verse 21, it gives a stern warning to those who know the truth of the gospel and yet are being tempted to abandon the Lord for the pleasures of this life. The outcome will be that in hell, it will be much worse for an individual like that than for the one who never knew the whole truth of Jesus Christ and died in that state.

According to Romans 1:19-20, no one is without excuse when it comes to knowing the existence of God. For nature itself points to Him, which reveals God’s power and divine nature. If the person responds to that revelation, Jesus will then reveal Himself by sending a missionary. But if there are none, He will send an angel with the gospel (Revelation 14:6-7).

A genuine Christian will never leave Jesus (John 10:27-30), but a false convert has a high potential of denying Jesus or worshiping a different Jesus.