Because that, when they knew God — that is, while still retaining some real knowledge of Him, and ere they sank down into the state next to be described. As in Romans 1:19. the vanity or their minds was the spring and source of their evil The corruption of the heart is mentioned in the following words: it went side by side with the errors of reason, of which it is at once the cause and the effect. The whole clause therefore means, that the heathen, in refusing to recognize the true God, entertained foolish and wicked thoughts of the Divine Being; that is, they sank into the folly and sin of idolatry. Paul appeals to Roman Christians "to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God" (v. 1). 15:5, 6), и Писание постоянно напоминает об этом (Пс. A small boy visited his friend’s home for dinner. This term has this same meaning in11:10 and Ephesians 4:18. Was darkened - Was rendered obscure, so that they did not perceive and comprehend the truth. Heart was darkened—So that the twilight of pantheism first came on, and then the midnight of atheism or idolatry. But we must ever bear in mind the degree of knowledge in which they continued; and this appears from what follows. Paul appeals to Roman Christians "to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God" (v. 1). Romans 10:1-21 Israel's Unbelief. Since men have not recognized these attributes in God, but have dreamt of him as though he were an empty phantom, they are justly said to have impiously robbed him of his own glory. These two things are joined together. But became vain in their imaginations, or rather in their reasonings, that is, speculations. When the youngster sat down at the table, he bowed his head and waited for someone to give thanks for the meal. Scripture: Psalms 100:4, Ephesians 5:19-20, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Psalms 107:1, Romans 1:21 (view more) (view less) Denomination: Assembly Of God God And The Nations - Part 2 - The State Of The Nation Series This is ἡ ἀλήθεια, the truth [of God, Romans 1:25], the perfection of conformity with nature,(14) where worship corresponds to the divine nature. Senseless, or, ‘without understanding,’ as the word is translated in Romans 1:31. He plainly testifies here, that God has presented to the minds of all the means of knowing him, having so manifested himself by his works, that they must necessarily see what of themselves they seek not to know — that there is some God; for the world does not by chance exist, nor could it have proceeded from itself. We love because…. R. C. Bell described such persons as those ancient Gentiles as people. they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful — neither yielded the adoration due to Himself, nor rendered the gratitude which His beneficence demanded. Outlines of the book of Romans often divide … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 12:1-8" I might crowd my page with proofs of this; but it is not necessary to those who are acquainted with their writings, and to others it would not be useful. They glorified him not as God, neither were thankful - neither yielding Him the adoration due to Himself, nor rendering the gratitude which His beneficence demanded. Was darkened. Mr. Locke illustrates the next clause by the stupid folly and vanity of their idolatry. As Wesley, the failed missionary, said later: “While he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. Romans 1:21-23 NLT. but became vain in their imaginations; Because that when they knew God - When they thus acquired a general knowledge of the unity and perfections of the Divine nature, they glorified him not as God - they did not proclaim him to the people, but shut up his glory (as Bishop Warburton expresses it) in their mysteries, and gave the people, in exchange for an incorruptible God, an image made like to corruptible man. They took what He provided for granted, but would not acknowledge it. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. The epithet ἀσύνετος, without understanding, is often explained as anticipating what the heart was to become in this course: "in such a way as to become foolish." Though this was not sufficient to save them, yet it was sufficient to save them without excuse. "I think it may be proved from facts that any given people, down to the lowest savages, has at any period of its life KNOWN FAR MORE THAN IT HAS DONE.". It is to become fitted for wrath at last, under the pressure of wrath all the time. But the word διαλογισμοις, imaginations, or rather reasonings, seems more properly to refer to the sophistry of the philosophers. In the language of the Bible, a fool is an impious man; the wise are the pious, those who fear God; foolishness is sin; understanding is religion. Seneca is an instance of this, of whom Austin F6 says. 2 Through him we have also c obtained access by faith 2 into this grace d in which we stand, and e we 3 rejoice 4 in hope of the glory of God. Heart. Romans 1:20. The sensual impurity of religions in which the incorruptible God had been resigned for the image of an animal, that could not but creep into the imagination of the worshippers and debase it, was a Divine judgment. God left them not without a witness of His existence and goodness, in that He gave them rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons; but the glory for these things, and for all other blessings, they rendered to the objects of their false worship. — Besides the manifestation of God in the works of creation, the heathens had still some internal lights, some principles and natural notions, which are spoken of, ch. In asserting their wisdom they became fools, and showed it conspicuously in their idolatries. www.easyenglish.bible. That they became vain in their imaginations. What was Paul’s prayer in behalf of the nation of Israel (Romans 10:1)? The expression . не прославили Его Конечная цель человека – прославление Бога (Лев. Romans 1:21–32 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they o became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. The apostle's words are playing out openly in our daily news as marriage loses its traditional value in this society. 451201 > ROMANS 12:1-21 HERE we enter on the second division of this Epistle, where Paul, according to his accustomed method, enforces the duties of believers, by arguments dependent on his previous exhibition of the grand and influential doctrines of the Gospel.These doctrines, as well as all the commandments of God, may be summed up in one word, namely, in\parLOVE. Adam Clarke Commentary. This accounts for the otherwise incredible blindness which is the chief characteristic of many so-called intellectuals who have turned away from faith in Christ. of This διότι is resumed from Romans 1:19. They glorified him not as God - They did not “honor” him as God. Nature shows us that God is to be glorified and thanked, i.e., nature reveals Him to be great and good. In short, their foolish, darkened minds sought God no where but in the place in which he is never to be found; viz. As he sat, he heard children playing a game and they called out to each other these words: “Take up and read! He did not set himself to grasp it and to develop it spontaneously. Was darkened; blinded as to the spiritual nature and perfections of God. God being dim to their perceptions, their reasonings in regard to him became foolish and wicked. 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Thus vain in their imaginations, thus absorbed in their notions, and thus sottish in their reasonings, were the Heathens concerning God, his nature and worship. Romans 1:21. διὁτι. We apply it to denote the affections. Some acknowledge God's being, but denied his providence; others owned his providence, but confined it, in its exercise to secondary causes. But if this act of reason failed, the heart at least had another task to fulfil: to give thanks. That purpose involved the gospel, which Paul was sent to proclaim to the nations - Ro 1:1,5 2. The words do not allow this idea. [Heart = mind.]. is borrowed in part from Psalms 105:20 (LXX): . See on Matthew 15:19; see on Mark 7:21; see on James 2:4. The term ἐματαιώθησαν, were struck with vanity, evidently alludes to μάταια, vain things, which was the name given by the Jews to idols (comp. Perhaps “undiscerning heart” would be the most suitable. From this verse to the end of the chapter, we have a large and black catalogue of the sins which the old Heathens or Gentiles were guilty of; some of which they voluntarily committed, and others were judiciously delivered up unto (for God, without any impeachment of his holiness, often punishes sin with sin.) I.e., he was summoned to be an apostle, one sent by Jesus for a special purpose b. was darkened — How instructively is the downward progress of the human soul here traced! But they became vain, (49) etc. Peace with God Through Faith. This hath chief respect to the conception and opinions that the heathen framed to themselves of the Divine Being. Romans 1:18 - 1:21. Neither were thankful. Their speculations, instead of leading them to the truth, or nearer to God, were the means of darkening their minds, and blinding them still more than they were naturally. Knew God; knew so much of him as to know that they ought to worship and serve him. 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.. "neither gave thanks"-ingratitude and human pride the root of false religion-just take a good look at the Humanist Manifesto. prophecy. The Gentiles turned their backs to God and became "vain in their reasonings." ‘Imaginations’ is inexact; ‘thoughts,’ discussions, reasonings, are meant (comp. While the argument of the letter to the Romans opened with a preoccupation regarding God’s anger (1:18-32), this section of the letter opens with an embrace of God’s mercies. и не возблагодарили Они отказались признать, что все лучшее в их жизни пришло от Бога (Мф. Bengel well divides ἐδόξασαν and ηὐχαρίστησαν—“Gratias agere debemus ob beneficia: glorificare ob ipsas virtutes divinas.” They did neither: in their religion, they deposed God from His place as Creator,—in their lives, they were ungrateful by the abuse of His gifts. For though some denied there was a God, and others doubted thereof, yet generally it was acknowledged by them; yea, some owned a multiplicity of gods, and those either corporeal or incorporeal. Is it a simple possibility to which he is referring! The process which is stated in this verse is. And their foolish heart was darkened: by the heart is meant the mind, their very understandings were darkened, the natural reason in them was obscured. Werner Bible Commentary "For freedom Christ has freed us" — Galatians 5:1. Romans 12:1-21 . They glorified him not - They did not give him that worship which his perfections required. Не прославили Его как Бога. Because of it ( ) God gave them up. Glorified him not; did not honor and obey him as God. ‘Glorify’ refers to praising God for what He is. 21.For when they knew God, etc. Though they had such a knowledge of the being and perfections of God, yet. Commentary on Romans 12:9-21 View Bible Text . The because that bears on the idea of inexcusableness, which closes Romans 1:20, and reproduces the feeling of indignation which had dictated the ἐν ἀδικίᾳ, hurtfully and maliciously, of Romans 1:18 : "Yes, inexcusable, because of the fact that"...How can the apostle say of the Gentiles that they knew God? Arthur C. Headlam, “The Epistle to the Romans, “The International Critical Commentary; Critical and Exegetical Commentary (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1902), 352. The first part of this passage reminds us that we are unable to put others first without God’s saving grace. Because, knowing God — For the wiser heathens did know that there was one supreme God; yet from low and base considerations they conformed to the idolatry of the vulgar. —So that the twilight of pantheism first came on, and then the midnight of atheism or idolatry. 14: p. 364 and Cudworth's Intellectual System, ch. Премудрость – из самого упорядоченного обустройства мира. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they () became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Others acknowledged but one God, as Plato, Aristotle, &c.; but then they either denied his providence, as the Peripatetics, or tied him to second or inferior causes, as the Stoics. 5 a Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, b we 1 have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. The word for ‘vain’ is used elsewhere to indicate a ‘corrupt’ manner of living (1 Peter 1:18), while ‘vanity of mind’ results in men being hardened and giving themselves up to various types of sin (Ephesians 4:17-19). Then the universal pantheistic mist was separated into parts, and the figures of finite nature-gods and goddesses emerged, and so idolatry arose. “Whatever the right reason within,” says [Pareus ], “or the frame of the world without, might have suggested respecting God, they indulged in pleasing speculations, specious reasonings, and in subtle and frivolous conclusions; some denied the existence of a God, as Epicurus and Democritus — others doubted, as Protagoras and Diagoras — others affirmed the existence of many gods, and these, as the Platonics, maintained that they are not corporeal, while the Greeks and Romans held them to be so, who worshipped dead men, impious, cruel, impure, and wicked. Sinners are not willing to give honor to God, as God. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Romans 1:21-25. They know God. chap. The folly and darkness of which the apostle here speaks are therefore expressive of want of divine knowledge, which is both the effect and cause of moral depravity. In their reasonings — Various, uncertain, foolish. Commentary on Romans 12:1-8 View Bible Text At first glance, Paul’s appeal to his audience to “present your bodies as a living sacrifice” for “your spiritual worship” might sound like he is demanding an esoteric or mystical kind of devotion. The birds, quadrupeds and reptiles could all be illustrated from Egypt. Now man could not remain stationary. In Romans 1:21-23 the wrong course taken by humanity is described. They stood not to their own principles (as, that there is one God only, that this God is to be worshipped, &c.), but were atheists by night that worshipped the sun, and atheists by day that worshipped the moon, as Cyril saith wittily. because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, says: “The writings of Plato, Xenophon, Plutarch, Cicero, and other philosophers... prove that the learned heathens, though ignorant of the way of salvation, were acquainted with the unity and spirituality of God, and had just notions of his perfections, of the creation and government of the world, and of the duties which men owe to God and to one another.” When men in their pride deliberately blind themselves to Truth, they plunge deeper into the darkness of evil. 3:19, 20). The apostle therefore says, that although they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful to him. Romans 1:21. The heart is, first, the physical organ, the center of the circulation of the blood. Such sin led to idolatry. Observe farther, the sad effect, fruit and consequence of the fore-mentioned sins. To glorify God signifies to acknowledge and worship Him with ascriptions of praise, because of His glorious attributes. The term is in contrast to the word thankful and to the revelation God gave (verse19). Heart, after the manner of the Hebrews, is to be taken here for the whole soul, especially the mind. sometimes gives up the hearts of persons to judicial blindness, 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. Thus they closed their minds to the knowledge of God as He is, and refused to glorify Him as God. Vain ( ἐματαιώθησαν) that is, according to constant scriptural usage, became both foolish and wicked. Nor is it without reason that he adds, that they were not thankful, (48) for there is no one who is not indebted to him for numberless benefits: yea, even on this account alone, because he has been pleased to reveal himself to us, he has abundantly made us indebted to him. To do this it was needful to show them that they had the knowledge of God, and the means of knowing what was right; and that the true source of their sins and idolatries was a corrupt and evil heart. This certainly refers to the foolish manner in which even the wisest of their philosophers discoursed about the Divine nature, not excepting Socrates, Plato, or Seneca. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And their, foolish heart was darkened; they lost the light of divine knowledge; ἀσύνετος, destitute of σύνεσις, understanding, insight into the nature of divine things. “Because that when they knew God — The writings of Plato, Xenophon, Plutarch, Cicero, and other philosophers, which still remain, together with the quotations made by Just. (see Burton’s Moods and Tenses, § 411). And by that knowledge and love of the Holy One, man’s whole nature was regulated in harmony with itself and with God. In pantheism God became as a universal mist, losing his true personality and his moral attributes. in contrast with this, Galatians 4:8 [when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which] by nature are no Gods.— θεὸν, God). Gibbon has remarked that “the philosophers regarded all the popular superstitions as equally false: the common people as equally true; and the politicians as equally useful.” This was probably a correct account of the prevalent feelings among the ancients. 148; Рим. Imaginations - This word means properly “thoughts,” then “reasonings,” and also “disputations.” Perhaps our word, “speculations,” would convey its meaning here. As explained under Romans 1:18-20, above, God had manifested himself to the Gentiles repeatedly through many centuries; and their knowledge was more than sufficient to make their conduct inexcusable, and to justify the appalling retribution visited upon them through God's darkening of their senseless hearts. In the present case, the former idea is expressed by the word. Romans 1:24-32. Hilda Bright and Keith Simons. ἐσκοτίσθη ἡ ἀσύν. Though they had such a knowledge of the being and perfections of In Him we live, and move, and have our being. 4 Thomas R. Schreiner. Browse Sermons on Romans 1:21-25. They did not reverence and worship God as their God; neither did they refer to him the blessings which they daily received at his hands. 1. So their vain reasonings were not just empty or futile reasonings, they were positively sinful. The natural outgrowth of this knowledge should be to glorify Him through praise and thanksgiving. And we may here learn that an unwillingness to thank God for his mercies is one of the most certain causes of alienation and hardness of heart. 1. διαλογισμοῖς] their thoughts: but generally in N.T. Not to recognise or believe in God is not, like the ignoring a person in history or a fact in science, purely an intellectual defect, but also, a moral. With Romans 1:24 the Apostle turns from this sin to its punishment. S. Lewis “The punishment of sin is sin.”—Augustine The opposite of this is what is meant by the expression, ‘neither were thankful;’ and this is what the heathens were not, for they ascribed one part of what they possessed to the stars, another part to fortune, and another to their own wisdom. ii. Note the emphasis on the fact that they were ungrateful. "Their senseless .hearts were darkened." Hence men are said to understand with the heart, Matthew 13:15; to believe with the heart, Romans 10:10; the heart is said to be enlightened with knowledge 2 Corinthians 4:6; and the eyes of the heart are said to be opened, Ephesians 1:8. Creator of all things out of nothing, and as the sole Governor of On this it may be observed, that they had very confused ideas of the Godhead, but that they further corrupted them by an almost infinite number of errors. A very few, such as Plato and Aristotle, acknowledged one Supreme Being; but even these deprived him of his providence. Not to recognise or believe in God is not, like the ignoring a person in history or a fact in science, purely an intellectual defect, but also a moral. Their unrighteousness was this — they quickly choked by their own depravity the seed of right knowledge, before it grew up to ripeness. Thus in the present instance, in Romans 1:19, Romans 1:20, he proved that the heathen had a knowledge of God which rendered them inexcusable, and then the fact that they were without excuse, is proved by showing that they did not act in accordance with the truth. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and () exchanged the glory of () the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. If it were possible for a mind to exist extraneous to God, and not created by God, still that mind would be bound to praise God.— ἢ), or, at least.— ἐματαιώθησαν) This verb and ἐσκοτίσθη have a reciprocal force. The moral law showed that many thoughts, tempers, words, and actions, were sinful, thus transgressions were multiplied. In this passage, Paul describes the current generation—how men have rejected God's will and supplanted it with gross idolatry and how they have become lovers of themselves, exalting the creation and their desires above the Creator. Romans 1:21 because that, knowing God, they glorified him not as God, neither gave thanks; but became vain in their reasonings, and their senseless heart was darkened. But men were not content to accept the impression made on them by nature; they fell to reasoning upon it, and in their reasonings ( , “perverse self-willed reasonings or speculations,” S. and H.) were made vain ( ); the result stultified the process; their instinctive perception of God became confused and uncertain; their unintelligent heart, the seat of the moral consciousness, was darkened. The word φασκοντες signifies not merely the professing but the assumption of the philosophic character. Home » Bible Commentaries » Comments on Romans. Verse 21 — Because that, where they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Foolish heart; their perverse, wicked mind. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Romans 12:9-21 EXEGESIS: ROMANS 12. The punishment in each case is expressed by God gave them up. where they thought their great wisdom lay: darkness is natural to As a result, their minds became dark and confused." Learn thence, That the knowledge which we have of God and his attributes, if it do not engage us to honour, glorify, and worship him, suitable to his adorable perfections, it is vain and useless in God's account, and will but expose us to a more dreadful condemnation. Romans 1:16-32 ESV Easy-Print Large Print Commentary. Paul is describing the perversity of human nature. “For Christ has accomplished the whole purpose of the law. Because that - The apostle here is showing that it was right to condemn people for their sins. ἀσύνετος is not the result of ἐσκοτ.,—‘became darkened so as to lose its understanding,’—but the converse,—their heart ( καρδία of the whole inner man,—the seat of knowledge and feeling) being foolish (unintelligent, not retaining God in its knowledge) became dark (lost the little light it had, and wandered blindly in the mazes of folly). ΄αταιότης is opposed to τῷ δοξάζειν; ἀσύνετος καρδία to τῷ εὐχαριστεῖν.— δισλογισμοῖς [“imaginations,” Eng. ἐματαιώθησαν] הָבַל, vanus fuit, is used of worshipping idols, 2 Kings 17:15; Jeremiah 2:5, and הֶבֶל, vanitas, of an idol. They neither thought nor spoke honourably of him; nor did they Greek. In the former sense it does not occur in the New Testament. 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