Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 6
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Wrath of God—not actual punishment, but God’s emotion toward sin. Known of God—not everything, but the parts that can be known. Power Godhead—not just a force, but a person behind the power. Godhead—sum total of divine attributes.
Creation reveals invisible things of God in a visible way.
Without excuse—indefensible, without an answer.
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Vain—ideas about God had no intrinsic value corresponding to God’s revelation. Denial of God leads to foolishness. They neither adored Him nor were thankful. Heart darkened with their willful stupidity.
Professing—affirm, allege, assert. Relying on their own wisdom took them further from wisdom. They were made fools by God’s punishment.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Gave them up—handed them over to the powers of sin, abandoned, used no power to restrain them, as they deserted God He deserted them.
Changed—exchanged the true worship of God for abominable idolatry. Rather than Creator—not just a preference for the creation, but passing by Creator to worship creation.
Into a lie—they would rather worship their fake god than the real one.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Into long list of sinful behaviors resulting from their idolatry
Vile affections—ungovernable affections, the condition by which lusts dominate them.
Once you wear out the natural vices, you indulge in unnatural ones.
Their error—was idolatry which led them to dishonor their own bodies. Burned—raging lust. Unseemly—doesn’t look right, indecent, shameful.
Reprobate—failed the test, thrown out as worthless, condemned, disqualified. Convenient—unbecoming, shameful.
If you reject what God clearly shows to everyone, God gives you up, lets you go for your rebellious stuff. Judicial hardening.