You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
18 For [gar] the wrath [orge] of God [theos] is revealed [apokalupto] from [apo] heaven [ouranos] against [epi] all [pas] ungodliness [asebeia] and [kai] unrighteousness [adikia] of
men [anthropos], who hold [katecho] the truth [aletheia] in [en] unrighteousness [adikia]; KJV-Interlinear
18 For the
wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and
unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, NASB
Paul now begins to make the point of this chapter and of the next two chapters, in that there are only two possible plans for salvation, Gods plan of grace and mans plan of works under the Law.
Paul will show that mans plan was the path chosen by both Jew and Gentile, and that plan failed.
That leaves but one plan, which is Gods plan of grace, or Jesus Christ’s work on the Cross, which we receive benefit of, through faith.
The gospel and salvation are revealed from heaven. It is not invented by man, imagined by man, discovered by man.
It is God who authored the divine plan, and revealed it to man.
Look back through any culture, any race, on any continent, and you will find no shortage of examples of religious sacrifices of one sort or another. The very first sacrifice was taught to Adam and Eve, by Jesus Christ Himself when He provided them with clothes of animal skins. Where did those skins come from?
God taught Adam and Eve, as well as Cain and Abel, and beyond, the difference between His sacrifice and promise of a savior, as opposed to any other sacrifice like the one which Cain tried to introduce.
Gods plan alone is just and correct, never mans.
But as history continued races spread out across the planet and sacrifices, both human and animal, were continued even as they were falsified and corrupted into evil purposes.
But the original teaching was from God, to Adam and passed down from there to the generations.
Adam and Even knew the purpose of the sacrifices. That man was evil and that man had no answer for his own evil except through Gods work.
Man cannot live the perfect life. Only God can. Man cannot achieve the perfect life. That comes only from God, through faith, and the substance of faith, which is Bible doctrine.
And through doctrine, and the gospel, which addresses the need for salvation, is Gods wrath revealed as well.
What happens when a person refuses to believe in Christ? They go to the Lake of Fire. This is the teaching of Gods justice.
Justice demands perfection and perfection comes only from God.
Imperfect man cannot make himself perfect.
And since truth comes only from heaven, then all evil comes from this world, or outside of heaven. And in evil is truth suppressed.
Evil tries to prevent truth, tries to corrupt truth, tries to compromise truth, tries to water truth down, tries to make truth reduced to mans level for a lower standard.
All people know truth from the lie. Both Jew and Gentile.
And despite their phenomenal privilege, even the Jews failed in that privilege. They still tried to keep the Law even though they had the scriptures that spelled out that the Law was not the way.
The Gentiles, from Adam to Noah, to Job, to Abraham, and beyond even up until our present day, likewise knew of and know the truth from the lie, but invention after invention has produces hundreds and hundreds of religions and philosophies that prove the failure of the gentiles as well.
Man cannot achieve the level of God or even of creation, from the source of his own energy.
Religions are not noble. Dedication to religion is not noble. That is the stupidity of fools. And worse than that, it is their destruction, eternal destruction. Where is the nobility in destroying oneself forever?
So, God alone reveals truth. The Bible reveals truth. But, that revealing is made clear only when one is in a state of perfection, that is, in fellowship. Then God alone makes truth clear and understandable, otherwise it is nothing more than foolishness to those who are not in fellowship.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.