ROMANS 1:25 - Berean Lamp Memory Verse - (May 27- June 3)
The Berean Lamp Memory Verse for this week is:
“For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. ” (Romans 1:25).
This is the third part in our study of Romans Chapter One to better equip ourselves to “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (1 Cor. 10:5 ESV). Specifically, we're trying to address arguments we encounter from the culture regarding personal behavior that Paul describes as "dishonoring" to the body that God has created for His purposes.
Last time we established that one of the things Paul is talking about here in Romans One is self-worship and the downward spiral into destructive and self-destructive behavior that begins from this foundation. Once people establish their own pleasure and happiness as the moral "good" and anything that interferes with that as a moral "evil", they have dishonored God by this suppression of the Truth of what is actually good and what is actually evil for them and for others, as determined by the Creator. It is dishonoring to God to offer this sort of worship of the "creature" instead of the Creator.
This week, we're going to continue looking at that with a special emphasis on how self-worship automatically requires the suppression of truth. We'll see that as you go down the Romans One spiral, you'll wind up so depraved that you'll murder children and refuse to call them children and refuse to call it murder - all in the self-worshiping pursuit of pleasure and happiness. Let's continue to prayerfully consider Paul's words to us that were inspired by the Holy Spirit.
May our great Father and God grant us wisdom and grace in our witness for Jesus Christ as the Spirit leads us to grow in understanding and applying God's Word to minister to the broken world around us. Even so, Amen.
Other verses to consider:
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.
“24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
“26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.
“28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them” (Romans 1:18-32).
“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth’” (Gen. 1:27).
“For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh” (Gen. 2:24).
“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward” (Psalm 127:3).
“Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, ‘Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these’” (Matthew 19:13-14).
“For He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers that they should teach them to their children, that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children, that they should put their confidence in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments” (Psalm 78:5-7).
“You turn things around! Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay, That what is made would say to its maker, ‘He did not make me’; Or what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘He has no understanding’?” (Is. 29:16)
“Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker— An earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth! Will the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you doing?’ Or the thing you are making say, ‘He has no hands’?” (Is. 45:9)
“On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, ‘Why did you make me like this,’ will it?” (Rom. 9:20)
“O Lord, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand” (Is. 64:8b).
“And I will make mere lads their princes, And capricious children will rule over them” (Isaiah 3:4).