Knowing the truth of God is knowing God Himself. When you experience God and seek to surrender your life to Him, you also experience truth.
In Romans 1 Paul used the phrase “the truth of God” to describe God’s revelation of Himself. God has made Himself known to humans. His eternal power and deity have been plainly provided to the people He created. His existence and power have been clearly perceived in the things that have been made.
The issue is not knowing God exists. Paul says that men have seen the truth of His power and existence.
The problem is men have not honored God and given thanks to Him. Instead of honoring God, we have exchanged the “glory of the immortal God” for images of man, birds, and even reptiles. We have exchanged the truth of God for a lie (Romans 1:25). The Greek New Testament literally says we exchanged the truth of God for ”the lie.” “The lie” is putting the creature in the place of the Creator. Idolatry is the lie of all lies.
The result has been disastrous.
We have demanded of God that He give us our way. Sadly, He has acquiesced to our demands.
Our way is the way of death. Having allowed us to have our way, God has given us over to our own devices.
The very worst penalty for sin is to fall deeper and deeper into sin. Our way leads to shameful acts which can never fulfill our needs. Immorality and impurity of any kind cannot satisfy.
In the end, failure to know God leads to animosity of every kind. Paul gives a catalog of grievous sins (Romans 1: 28-31), including “haters of God” and “inventors of evil.”
Finally, man in his chosen sinful state not only practices all kinds of wickedness and evil, he encourages others toward rebellious behavior as well (Romans 1:32).
Only God can help people in this state. Fortunately, in Christ Jesus He has chosen to do exactly that.
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