John Stott – “The wrath of God is his steady, unrelenting, unremitting, uncompromising antagonism to evil in all its forms. In short, God’s anger is poles apart from ours. What provokes our anger (injured vanity) never provokes his; what provokes his anger (evil) seldom provokes ours.”
v18 – the godless & unrighteous who have made a determined decision to live for self, not God or others, despite the fact that they know of God’s power & deity to rule & judge through creation (19-20).
1:18 – everyone; 1:19-32 – Gentiles; 2:1-16 – Moral people;
2:17-29 – Jews; ch 3 – every individual
Future day of judgment
Present day law officials (ch 13)
Present day “giving them over” to their sin (1:24-32)
Unbridled superstition & immorality with all its devastating effects.
As people exchange the true God for the lie that there is no God, so that they will not be accountable to Him, God gives them over to the shameful lust of homosexuality. It is a sin that is ‘against nature’ or ‘unnatural’, that is, against God’s created order of heterosexual monogamy.
In v28 Paul shows that God’s judicial abandonment was not confined to a sensual form of degradation but extends to a defilement of their minds.A play on words (v28). Two Greek words (verb & adjective) having the same root are used. edokimasan (NIV – ‘they did not think it worth while’) (NKJ – ‘did not like to retain in their knowledge) adokimon (‘a depraved or debased mind’).
They did not think God worthy of thought or attention, so God judicially rejected them as unworthy of attention or esteem. This led them to severe antisocial practices (29-32) which “filled” (controlled) them.
All these things (along with idolatry & immorality already mentioned) kill a society. All these things describe our society, especially v32 as people not only practice these things, but they get pleasure when others join in.
Man is not good. Man is evil. Every heart by nature has in it the seed to spawn all these sins, & we would be hopeless were it not for the amazing power of the gospel that saves us from God’s holy wrath (16).
1 Cor 6:9-11 – “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, or covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the Kingdom of God. But such were some of you and you are washed and you are sanctified and you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”