Studies In The Book Of Romans
1. What were the people discussed in this chapter filled with?
All unrighteousness: “Being filled with all unrighteousness…” (Romans 1:29).
Š Romans 1:18, Romans 2:8, Romans 6:13, I Corinthians 6:9, II Thessalonians 2:10-12, and I John 5:17; cf. I John 1:9.
2. For this question, prepare to discuss each sin listed in verses 29-31.
Š The verses say: “(29) Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, (30) Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, (31) Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful” (Romans 1:29-31).
Š First, it should be noted that many things we will discuss here are matters of sin that BEGIN in the heart (Mark 7:20-23).
Š Fornication (Acts 15:29, I Corinthians 6:18, Ephesians 5:3, and I Thessalonians 4:3).
Š Wickedness (Isaiah 47:10-11, Ezekiel 33:18-19, Matthew 13:49, and I John 5:19).
Š Covetousness [greedy desire] (Psalms 10:3, Ephesians 5:5, I Timothy 6:6-10, and Hebrews 13:5-6).
Š Maliciousness (Ephesians 4:31, Colossians 3:8, I Thessalonians 5:15, I Peter 2:1-2, I Peter 2:12-16, and III John 9-11).
Š Full of envy (Proverbs 14:30, Proverbs 27:4, Romans 13:13, and James 3:13-18).
Š Murder (I Peter 4:15, I John 3:15, and Revelation 21:8).
Š Debate [contention; strife; variance Strong’s # 2054] Same word translated “contention” (I Corinthians 1:11 and Titus 3:9), “strife” (I Corinthians 3:3, Philippians 1:15, and I Timothy 6:4), “variance” (Galatians 5:20). Point is, we’re to be unified (I Corinthians 1:10 and Philippians 2:2), not bickering (Philippians 2:3 and II Timothy 2:23).
Š Deceit (Psalms 5:4-6, Proverbs 24:28, Romans 12:17, and I Peter 3:10).
Š Malignity [bad character] (Ephesians 1:4, Philippians 2:14-16, and Titus 2:7-8).
Š Whisperers (Proverbs 16:28, Proverbs 26:20-22, and II Corinthians 12:20).
Š Backbiters (Psalms 15:1-3). *This does not mean it is wrong to “talk about” someone behind their back when such is a true, founded, non-slanderous talk (i.e. II Timothy 4:10). Reports of good and bad are not wrong (I Corinthians 5:1 and III John 9-12).
Š Haters of God (Psalms 81:15, Proverbs 8:36, and John 7:7).
Š Despiteful (Luke 16:13, Luke 18:9-14, and II Peter 2:10). Not all despite though (Hebrews 12:1-3).
Š Proud (Psalms 138:6, Proverbs 6:16-19, Proverbs 11:2, Proverbs 16:5, I Corinthians 10:12, Galatians 6:3, and James 4:6-10).
Š Boasters (Acts 5:36, James 4:16, and Jude 16).
Š Inventors of evil things (Psalms 106:39 and Ecclesiastes 7:29). *Following authority keeps this from happening (Matthew 28:18-20, Colossians 3:17, and II Timothy 3:15-17).
Š Disobedient to parents (Ephesians 6:1-2 and II Timothy 3:1-2). *Under the Old Law, that child would be stoned (Deuteronomy 21:18-21).
Š Without understanding (Proverbs 18:2, Jeremiah 4:22, and Ephesians 5:17).
Š Covenant breakers (II Corinthians 8:21, Ephesians 5:1-5, James 5:12, and I Peter 2:12).
Š Without natural affection (II Timothy 3:3). *This does not mean that some people cannot be taught to love in a way that should be natural (Titus 2:3-4).
Š Implacable [not agreeable] (cf. Amos 3:3). This term is also translated as “trucebreakers” (II Timothy 3:3).
Š Unmerciful (Matthew 5:7, Colossians 3:12, and James 2:13).
3. Will some people sin while knowing the judgment of God for doing so?
Yes: “Who knowing the judgment 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” (Romans 1:32).
Š Some people are fully aware of the fact that they are rebellious and there will be consequences (Ezekiel 2:1-5, John 12:37-43, John 15:22-25, and Romans 2:1-5).
Š Sin is pleasurable, but only for a period of time (Hebrews 11:24-26).
Š The punishment for sin lasts much longer than the pleasure (Matthew 25:41, Matthew 25:46, John 5:28-29, and Jude 7).
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