18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. (Romans 1:18–19, NKJV)
God has shown His power and deity to mankind. This truth, that “may be known of God,” has been revealed by God Himself (v. 19). The very existence of this universe testifies of His creative power and divine nature (Rom. 1:20). The psalmist David recognized this when he wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard” (Psa. 19:1-3). Since God’s creation speaks of His power and deity, all who reject and oppose this truth are “without excuse” and under divine wrath (Rom. 1:20). God’s wrath is directed against “all ungodliness and unrighteousness” – these sins “suppress” (hold down) the truth that God has made known about Himself. Sins against God and against men display faithlessness that is seen and punished by our Creator. Therefore, God’s wrath against sin is an incentive to know Him and obey His truth, not oppose Him.
24 God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.” (Acts 17:24–25, NKJV)
The God who was unknown to the Athenians and their philosophers – the God whom Paul proclaimed – is a creative God. Unlike the Greek pantheon that was borne of mythology, He is Ruler of heaven and earth. His invisible attributes (His eternal power and deity) are clearly seen, witnessed by the heavens and the earth (Rom. 1:20; Heb. 11:3). Consequently, it is futile to think that God inhabits temples made with human hands. Nor is God sustained by the works of men. We do not give God anything that sustains His existence. He is the source of our life, our breath and all that we are and possess. Idolatry is built upon the arrogance, futility and folly of men, who believe they can invent a god from their own imagination, carve an image of it, fall down before it, and then gain benefit from their god for doing so (Isa. 44:9-20; Jer. 10:1-16). The true and living God is superior to His creation; not dependent upon it for His existence and His perpetuation. Be sure you are honoring the true God and not a god you have imagined in your heart. The Bible shows the difference between the two.
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:20–21, NKJV)
A necessary inference is an inescapable conclusion. For example, it is the means by which God expects us to honor Him as the Creator. The “things that are made” (the material world which we see) testify of unseen things, namely, of God, His eternal power and His divine nature. We necessarily infer from the evidence provided by the material world that there is a God who created all things. We are driven to this conclusion by the evidence we are presented. Life does not come from lifelessness. The presence of life forces us to conclude there is a First Cause of all life; that Creative mind and power is God. Some Christians reject necessary inferences are binding authority. Yet, without necessary inferences we cannot believe God exists and that He created all things. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork” (Psa. 19:1). The evidence of a Creator is presented; We drawn the inescapable conclusion (inference) that “God created the heavens and the earth” from that evidence (Gen. 1:1). If you believe God is the Creator, then you have already accepted the binding nature of necessary inferences.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV)
Conversion takes place when one is “in Christ.” In Christ, the sinner is now forgiven, a new creature (born again) – God’s creation of new life out of the old, dead person of sin (Col. 2:12-13). Tragically, many have not been fully taught how to be “in Christ” in order to be His “new creation.” The Scriptures explain that we are baptized into Christ (Rom. 6:3; Gal. 3:27). It is telling that we do not read of “believing into Christ” or “repenting into Christ” or “confessing faith in to Christ.” Belief, repentance and confession of faith are essential in order to be saved, yet it is uniquely baptism that places one “in Christ.” In Christ we have a relationship with Him, not outside of Him. Yet, faith alone does not put one “in Christ” like baptism does. Hence, faith alone (without baptism) does not produce “a new creation” who is “in Christ.”
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. (Psalm 139:14, NKJV)
Your brain contains about 100 billion nerve cells called neurons, ranging in size from 4-100 microns (micron = millionth part of a meter) – much smaller than the diameter of a human hair. “Neurons have the amazing ability to gather and transmit electrochemical signals — think of them like the gates and wires in a computer” (“How Your Brain Works”, Craig Freudenrich, Ph.D. and Robynne Boyd). We know a computer did not randomly come into existence. It is the result of intelligent design and creative power. It is even more outrageous to conclude that all life forms randomly came into existence from lifeless matter through billions of years of evolution. Still, evolutionists say was no Intelligent Designer of the human body. Our passage reminds us that our bodies display vivid evidence of the creative wisdom and power of God. We shall honor Him with deserved praise. Along with David we affirm what we know very well: We are fearfully and wonderfully made.