I wrote a post on Romans 1:18a as a sort of peek into this section in Romans, which gave, I hope, a decent summary of this whole passage of God’s wrath against our sin.
Actually, Paul is telling the Gospel story in these early chapters. Romans 1 contains an introduction, then tells of God’s holiness which can’t be with the sin of humanity.
Okay, I rambled a bit. Let’s jump in with Romans 1:19-20. I’ll include Romans 1:18 for some context.
18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
To review, Romans 1:18 is about God’s wrath revealed against the people’s wickedness.
Romans 1:19-20 states that God made himself plain to mankind. It talks about how God’s splendor is on display in creation. Deep in the hearts of all men, they know God exists.
One example would be, grab one square foot of grass. Yep. Just plain old dirt and grass. Something as “simple” as that, how did it come into play?
How does grass grow? How is it green? What is dirt made of? How does it work? How does rain make grass grow? How does sunlight contribute? What do worms have to do with it? (Yeah, they have a huge role.) How do those hardy, big, strong plants (weeds), get into the grass? How is that spider weaving on those tall blades of grass made? How are those legs so intricately created? How do they crawl on their web and not get stuck? How do they see?
For me, the more I learn about stuff like science, the more insane it seems to believe this world just “happened” by chance.
If you drove up to an evolutionist in a Lambo, and he asks where you got it from, what would he say when you tell him, “Oh, it just kind of happened. All this stuff in a junkyard kind of blew together, and now it works really well.”?
Or you go up to an evolution-believing computer engineer with an awesome computer with basically infinite memory, devastating graphics, 100000 terabytes of RAM, and you tell him, “Yeah, I was just in my garage and somehow it all kind of came together.”
And a car or computer is so inferior to something like the human brain, for instance.
Now think of stunning mountains, soaring birds, lava-laden volcanoes, twinkling stars, the moon, Jupiter, and the universe. Then think “there is no God; all is chance”.
We need to conclude.
God’s majesty and perfection is so entirely awe-inspiring, breathtaking, and perfect.
He is the creator of this universe, and if this is his handiwork in an imperfect, fallen, sin-infested world, how much more inspiring and stunning and just perfect will heaven be, where we’ll see the face of Christ, our great Savior?