A Sermon on Romans 1:18
God's Wrath on Unrighteousness
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. (ESV)
The wrath of God explained in Romans 1:18 is aimed at everyone who continues in sin. Dr. Martyn Lloyd- Jones outlines two key descriptions of sin from this verse, ungodliness and unrighteousness. We should be careful that they are always associated in this order and never mentioned apart from one another. Ungodliness convicts all humans of sin because it shows how far we fall from the measure of God. Unrighteousness furthers guilt, showing how even in our relationship with God and others, we have failed immensely and stand condemned. Paul warns that we will one day be judged on our response and relationship with God. The social gospel has no answer to God's wrath. Nothing apart from Christ can reconcile sinners to God. Only hell awaits those who continue in transgressions, broken in their relationship and awaiting His punishment. Yet, because of Jesus Christ, there is hope for all who surrender and repent of sin.