Romans Bible Study
I. People Knowingly Reject the Creator.
1. Exchanged truth about God for a lie (v. 25a)
2. Worshiped and served the creature (v. 25b)
II. God “gives them up” to Their Sin
1. Three different times we are told God “Gave them up” (v. 24, 26, 28).
2. What does “Give them up” mean?
The main question in this verse is that involved in the giving up. The terms “God gave them up” imply that they were consigned by God to this retribution. In assessing the character of this action some observations need to be mentioned. (1) As noted already, this consignment or giving up did not originate the moral condition—they were given up to what is conceived of as an existing condition. (2) There is undoubtedly a natural law of consequence operative in sin; it intensifies and aggravates itself when there is no restraint placed upon it. This cycle or sequence is part of sin’s retribution. (3) The giving over on God’s part cannot be reduced to the notion of non-interference with the natural consequences of sin. While the barely permissive or privative action of God would of itself be judicial retribution—to leave men to themselves affords a tragic prospect—yet the terms here and in verses 26 and 28 cannot be satisfied by such a construction. There is the positive infliction of handing over to that which is wholly alien to and subversive of the revealed good pleasure of God. God’s displeasure is expressed in his abandonment of the persons concerned to more intensified and aggravated cultivation of the lusts of their own hearts with the result that they reap for themselves a correspondingly greater toll of retributive vengeance.