“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;” —Romans 1:18
The wrath of God is revealed, disclosed, or unveiled. It is active and continuous. You could say that the wrath of God is being continuously revealed from heaven. This disclosure of God’s wrath is a supernatural revelation because it is from heaven.
It is revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. Now some may want to break this down into those sins against God (ungodliness) and sins against other men (unrighteousness); and although that may be included in a general category of all sins, I don’t believe that is what the text is saying here. As I understand the Greek construction of the sentence, it seems to suggest that this revelation truth, supernaturally and heavenly revealed by the Spirit of God, hovering over the waters and brooding upon the face of the deep, has revealed the wrath of God against all ungodliness of men and against all unrighteousness of men; you see, “…against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men” is an inclusive phrase, suggesting that these are both characteristics of sinful men, and that their sinful character opposes God. They are ungodly; that is, they are wicked and irreverent toward a holy God. They are also unrighteous; that is, since they are unjustified before God without the intervention of God to justify them (as this is revealed actually in Romans 1:17 that “the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith” could be read: “For the justice-ness of God is revealed from faith to faith”). Therefore, we can say that God’s wrath is a heavenly revelation against all irreverent wickedness of men toward a holy God and against all men who are without justice-ness, who do not stand justified before a holy God, who stand wrongfully before Him because of sin.
These ungodly, unjustified men, who do not revere God’s justice, are also men “who hold the truth in unrighteousness.” They suppress the truth. They strain to press down upon truth as if to keep it from escaping from a box or can; and they do so in unrighteousness; that is, they do so wrongfully, without justice, and without justification.
The apostle doesn’t merely leave us with the truth that the wrath of God is supernaturally revealed from heaven; it tells us how it is revealed in the next two verses of Scripture, which we hope to look at next time, Lord willing.
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