The Epistle of ROMANS
Chapter One, Vs. 19-32
19. Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Literal: Because that which is known of God is visible and apparent (manifest) to or among them, for God made it manifest or apparent and showed it openly to them.
Remember how the Word interprets itself in the context. God is saying for this reason His wrath is made known to these ungodly and unrighteous people who do not have an excuse for their actions SINCE God made His Word openly apparent and available to them and they did not apply themselves and their lives to His Word and its commandments. God gave them every opportunity to believe AND act on:
II Timothy 2: 15 -- Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.
20. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Literal: For the unseen things of Him (invisible) from the founding or creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived or observed by the things that are made, both His eternal power and His divinity (the characteristic or property or condition of being God), so that they are without excuse, defense, or apology.
At the creation of the world, the invisible things relating to the how of creation were not known of men but by God only. But those invisible things are now made known (with exceptions) by what is perceived and clearly seen by man. Both His Godly power and His characteristics are openly seen by man by what is made and by the Word of God. God comes right out in the open and does not hide like the god of this world. God is saying that those ungodly and unrighteous men have no excuse and no defense. God held nothing back and made His way openly available to them and to no avail. The upcoming verses are a great example of what can happen to people when they get out of alignment and harmony with God. The "wrath of God" mentioned in verse 18 continues to unfold for it can be seen that these sinful people get worse and worse from worshipping idols to without natural affection.
21. Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations [reasonings], and their foolish heart was darkened.
Literal: Because having known God, they glorified (honored, praised) him not as God, neither were thankful, respectful, or paid homage (anything done or given to show reverence); but became vain (foolish, useless, and empty) in their reasoning of things and their calculations, and their foolish (irrational in conduct, stupid) heart was darkened and deprived of light, without understanding.
The Gentiles had heard but refused to believe. The word 'knew' is to perceive or observe obtaining a knowledge of or insight into. It denotes a personal and true relationship between the person knowing and the object known -- to be influenced by one's knowledge of the object. [See Ephesians 4: 17, 18]
This verse has a number of lessons in it as to what can happen to someone who has heard enough of the Word to be saved but refuses to ACT on what they believe – apeitheia unbelief. They had everything available to them and enough teaching to believe, but simply refused to believe. This unbelief is the result of fear and is due either to wrong teaching or ignorance. ACTION CURES FEAR AND INACTION STRENGTHENS FEAR. Remember, you always have free will. Once born again, you can still disobey God by not studying and renewing your mind and surely calamity will and does result. You bring this upon yourself -- it is never God's fault. Remember your sonship rights -- especially righteousness. By refusing to believe they became foolish, useless and empty, irrational in conduct and just plain stupid lacking understanding because their heart was in darkness lacking the light of God's Word in their life.
Ephesians 4: 17, 18 -- This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding (heart - cardia) darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness (hardness) of their heart.
22. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Literal: Professing or declaring to be wise (clever or skilled), they became fools (to make dull or foolish).
23. And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Literal: And changed the glory (renown or honor) of the uncorruptible God into a likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds, and quadrupeds (four-footed beasts), and creeping things (animals or reptiles). [See Deuteronomy 4: 15-18]
24. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Literal: Wherefore God gave them up through the lusts or desires of their own hearts to uncleanness or impurity in general, their bodies to be dishonored, shamed or disgraced between or among themselves.
Psalms 81: 12 -- So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels.
25. Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Literal: Who (people) changed (one thing for or into another) the truth of God into the lie, falsehood, and reverenced and served the created thing rather than the Creator, who is blessed to the ages or for ever. Amen.
The word 'blessed' is unique here in that it is only used when applied to God, and never to man. They worshipped man more than they worshipped God. Vain worship has been going on for a long time and will continue unless people decide to believe and act on God's Word. [ See Acts 7: 40-43 and Revelation 9: 20 ] People don't realize this but when they do not have God first in their life, they are worshipping the devil and devil spirits and this is worshipping in vain. There are only two alternatives of worship -- the true God or the devil. We are to have no confidence in the flesh. If things surrounding us look black and society seems worse and worse, do not get excited or worrisome, but stand on the promises of God and worship God in spirit and in truth. No good end can come to those who worship anything but the true God. Prove it to yourself in your own life as I did in mine. GOD MUST BE FIRST IN YOUR HEART AND IN YOUR ACTIONS. How can this become a reality unless you know God?! God is His Word. You get to know God by studying His Word.
26. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Literal: For this reason God gave them up to passions or affections of dishonor, shame or disgrace -- passions of infamy, for both their females changed (to change one thing for or into another) the natural use into that contrary to nature (inborn quality, natural source or origin).
It seems frightening, but an unbeliever will continue to go down hill in the direction of without natural affection. The subject matter here addresses lesbianism which is running rampant in our society and in the world today -- gaining acceptance in social and political circles. Lesbianism/homosexuality is Satan's STRONGEST devil spirit -- they are as bold as can be and they play major leadership parts in the devil spirit kingdom!
WITHOUT NATURAL AFFECTION IS NOT THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL --
It is UNDERNEATH the barrel !!! You can't go any lower. It is the EXACT OPPOSITE of the love of God in the renewed mind in manifestation.
Have I made my point?
Satan appears to make "without natural affection" harmless as he continues to entice people to the lowest form of life that exists. His time is truly short and he is recruiting his army with diligence.
Be very careful in this area. There is nothing trickier and more deadly than this devil spirit. But remember, Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. A person at this lowest point in life can be delivered with much study prayer, and effort. That spirit needs a body to function through and fights to the hilt to stay in the person it is possessing. It can come and go when it pleases. I witnessed firsthand a person trying to get delivered from a homosexual spirit. It was a difficult experience. I heard this person's voice CHANGE in the middle of a sentence from a man's voice to a very noticeable feminine dialect. It was a terrible thing to see and hear and the person was truly tormented. I do not know if this person was ever delivered. I have seen people who experienced severe nervous breakdowns as a result of taking part in a homosexual experience -- even once! I knew a person who was put in a State Mental Hospital after being seduced into having one of these experiences. It tormented him day and night - just the thought of it, and he struggled to get delivered praying much every day. I also do not know the fate of this Christian. [I was a Psychiatric Aide in a State Hospital at one time.] I know of a Christian who was going out of her way to help someone who was an admitted Lesbian. She wanted to help but against the advice of other Christians who were concerned. Here is what happened. God will always tell you first, but if you are not listening, He will tell another upright Christian to tell you. Against the warnings of many Christians, this girl wanted to go for a car ride with the girl who was practicing "without natural affection". Both never returned and were killed in a car accident.
I don't mean to get gruesome here, but if one of these true stories makes you extra sharp in dealing with this deadly devilish movement, then it is all worth it. Stay sharp and REMEMBER! I love you and God loves you even more. He wants you to know the score. HE WROTE THE BOOK -- I DIDN'T.
The next verse deals with "without natural affection" from the male standpoint -- homosexuality.
27. And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error [weakness] which was meet.
Literal (a) : And in like manner also, the males having left the natural use of the female, were inflamed in their lust towards one another, males with males working out or achieving shame, moral deformity, and indecency, and receiving (lambano - into manifestation -- paid back in full) in themselves the recompense or retribution (deserved punishment for evil done) of their seduction from the truth, their wandering from the truth which was necessary or fit.
The word 'meet' here refers to something that is necessary and that there is need of, implying that something is absent or wanting. The Interlinear puts this word after recompense.
Restating the verse with less explanations, if any:
Literal (b) : And in like manner also, the males having left the natural use of the female, were inflamed (burned) in their lust towards one another, males with males achieving shame, moral deformity, and indecency, and being paid back in full the retribution that was fitting for their wandering and seduction from the truth.
The word 'lust' here is a reaching after, the appetite and tendency towards the external object. This verse teaches about homosexuality and the retribution it brings to one's life. This attack of Satan is gaining ground among the God-rejecters and the unbelieving believers in the form of social acceptance such as using the terms 'sexual preference' or 'biological disposition'.
Remember, that the focus of Romans is on right believing and you can see what happens to those who have heard enough but refuse to believe (apeitheia believing). These foolish and stupid people start off with idolatry and go as far downhill as they can to 'without natural affection'. They serve and worship man instead of God.
28. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind [void of judgement], to do those things which are not convenient;
Literal: And according as they did not approve to have (or acknowledge) God in their knowledge, God gave them up to an untrue or counterfeit mind void of judgement to do things not fitting or proper.
The word 'knowledge' is that which has a powerful influence on the knower. These people rejected the knowledge of God and they faced the consequences of their negative believing.
29. Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Literal: Being filled (pleroo - to capacity) with all wrong or unrighteousness, spiritual idolatry, evil nature or wickedness delighting in evil, covetousness (having more or the will to have more), malice or badness (evil habit flowing from the wicked act of the mind); filled or sated with envy or jealousy (which led to the first murder), murder, strife especially rivalry and contention, guile or a bait (the adulteration of the truth to catch or deceive), malignity or evil disposedness, the desire of evil to others, spitefulness (the desire to harm others; great malice), whisperers or slanderers.
30. Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful [insolent], proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Literal: Detractors, speaking against one another, hateful to God, insolent (outrageous in personal insults and boldly disrespectful in speech and behavior), proud (appearing over others or things; haughty or arrogant), vaunting (a boaster or braggart, a false pretender or imposter), inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31. Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Literal: Without understanding (dull of apprehension, foolish), covenant breakers (who will betray your trust by deliberately breaking an agreement), without natural affection (the lowest form of life on the earth today - homosexuals and lesbians), implacable (someone whose constant anger cannot be eased or pacified and they are without compact having no respect for treaties and covenants), and unmerciful (pitiless, cruel and uncompassionate).
Never believe or rely on what any man tells or promises you, but rely and believe and act only on what God has taught you from His Word or revelation above His Word. These people are treacherous and will deliberately betray your trust and deceive by the deliberate breaking of faith. This is very prevalent today as you can surely attest to. The Word of God allows you to separate truth from error.
The word 'implacable' needs some more study. It means: unable to appease or stop from being angry; relentless; cannot be eased, lessened or allayed; cannot be appeased or pacified; without 'compact' which is an agreement between two or more individuals, states, etc. The Lexicon defines 'implacable' as without respect for treaties or covenants. Young's Concordance defines it as irreconcilable. Apparently, this term means someone that cannot be pacified, eased, or relieved. They cannot reach an agreement or honor a covenant. They are engulfed in constant anger and are relentless in their ways. The Lexicon also mentions that they are without libation which is defined in the dictionary as "the ritual of pouring out wine or oil upon the ground as a sacrifice, offering, or covenant to God." These unbelievers are incapable of this.
The word 'unmerciful' means not actively compassionate; not desiring to or relieving the ills or misfortunes of others, not applying beneficial aid; cruel and uncompassionate.
32. Who knowing the judgement of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Literal: Who have known (fully or well) the righteous judgement of God, that they which habitually commit such things are worthy of death (thanatos - the natural end of life brought about by sin), not only practice them, but consent with them that do them.
They take pleasure in doing these things in conjunction with others. They are consenting or giving their permission or approval with others who are doing the same. You may not see it but it's out there. God will protect you even more and the enemy must back off as your renewed mind strengthens which is your key to power. The negatives will drop off and die, but don't forget the lifestyle of the unbeliever mentioned and described so vividly in this first chapter of Romans.
This concludes Part Two of Chapter One of the Epistle of Romans.