BSF Study Questions Revelation Lesson 21, Day 3: Romans 1:18-32; 3:10-20

Summary of passages:  Romans 1:18-32:  God is revealing His wrath against mankind.  God’s nature has been clear since creation, giving man no excuse not to know Him.  Man chose to worship idols and so God gave man over to his sinful nature including lust and unnatural relations with one another, evil, wickedness, depravity, greed, slanderers, God-haters, etc.

Romans 3:10-20:  Paul says no one is righteous on their own.


5a)  Part personal Question.  My answer:  The natural traits are sinful:  wickedness, idol worshipers, lustful, evil, greedy, deceitful, malicious, slanderers, God-haters, ruthless, faithless, heartless, etc.  It’s always a struggle to overcome sin and these sins pop up throughout life.

b)  God’s wrath and death because man is a sinner against God.

6)  Part personal Question.  My answer:  All sin prompts the wrath of God.  Mine would be jealousy, meanness, spiteful, vengeful, and probably every other sin.

7)  Because no one wants to think they are wrong and they have to pay consequences for their actions. People want to do whatever they want to do and are inherently selfish and ambivalent towards others.

Conclusions:  Struggled with this lesson.  Questions broad and intuitive.  Lesson 20 Day 5 led into this lesson.

End Notes:  Romans 1:18-32:  The wrath of God is not human anger.  The wrath of God is righteous and is against that which has twisted  God’s holiness.

Man has suppressed the truth of God and twisted it.  We have become fools with dark hearts.

“God gave them over” is repeated three times here.  Basically, God lets us do what we want to do–which is sin.  How tragic!  It is God’s wrath that allows us to sin, not God’s mercy or grace.

The lie is the lie that we are God.

Paul is writing this from the city of Corinth, known for its sexual immorality and pagan prostitution in the temples.  Surgeon refused to read this passage out loud, so horrible did he think the sins were.  Here is homosexuality condemned for both men and women.  Paul uses the Greek words for male and female to show just how outside human relations these acts are.

In Rome, homosexuality was rampant and most emperors and Roman citizens (those with money) used boys in this way.  The penalty will come.

“Depraved” mind used to read “reprobate” or “debased”.  It meant those that did not stand the test and were therefore rejected.

Actions and thoughts commit sins.  All deserve death.

Romans 3:10-20:  Here, Paul explains through Psalms our complete inability to save ourselves.  No one is righteous and not one seeks God–man seeks himself.  Every part of man is guilty and no one fears God.  The law cannot save man; the law only gives man the knowledge of sin.

Historical Note:  It’s interesting to see how some of the giants of theology were transformed by this passage in Romans.  Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Wesley all credit Romans (Paul) with their salvation and their grasp of God.


7 thoughts on “BSF Study Questions Revelation Lesson 21, Day 3: Romans 1:18-32; 3:10-20

  1. Wanted to make some comments regarding Question #6 in regards to the wrath of God. I believe the Bible teaches that the wrath of God does not fall upon God’s people. The Bible clearly teaches that the wrath of God is against ungodliness and is reserved for unrepentant sinners. (Rom 1:18) and John 3:36 states that whoever rejects Jesus will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him. However, a believer is NOT under God’s wrath as I Thess. 5:9 states God did not appoint us to wrath but to receive salvation thru our Lord and Savior Jesus. Also Rom 5:9-10 states that believers have been delivered by His blood and “saved from God’s wrath through Him.” We have been reconciled to God and no longer remain enemies of God. In Rom 8:1 there is no condemnation to them that are in Jesus.

    However, believers will have suffering, trials, tribulations, death, etc. from the world, our sinful flesh even after salvation, and the devil. Also believers will be corrected, chastened, disciplined, and punished as a loving Father does to His children. (Rev 3:19 and Heb.12:5-11). Giving praise to God as His child, Jesus paid my sin penalty on the Cross, and He satisfied (appeased God’s wrath and anger) for all those who receive and accept the finished work of Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

    Before God saved me, I completely deserved His justice and wrath, but instead I have now received His love, mercy, and grace. Unfortunately, I am still a sinner, but God’s wrath does not fall on me. It fell on our dear Jesus who was my substitute who paid my debt which He did not owe because there was no way I could pay that horrible sin debt. When I confess my sins, He is faithful to forgive me and purify me. My salvation is always secure, but my confession brings me back into fellowship with Him. God does discipline those He loves(His children), but I do not have to worry about His wrath falling on me or any believer.

    In closing, I believer the Bible teaches a pre-tribulation rapture because God will deliver and rescue believers from His wrath to come (I Thess. 1:10) in the Great Tribulation which we have been discussing in the Book of Revelation. The appointment of believers is to meet and look for Jesus — not God’s wrath thru the Great Tribulation or to meet the Anti-Christ(the beast) or his false prophet. There are several examples in the Bible of how God protected His people from His wrath: Noah and his family; Rescued Lot and his family from Sodom; protected His people from the death angel at the Passover, Rehab protected when God commanded Israel’s destruction of Jericho.

    As mentioned above, God will take us to the wood shed to discipline us, rebuke, and chastise us, but always in love, not in wrath, as we do our own children when we have to punish them.


    1. Amen! So wish that these truths would be shared in class! I believe that the lessons have implied that Christians will not be raptured, but will be subject to the judgements of the Tribulation period. I disagree with this interpretation, but realize that it is one point of view. But this study is not providing the alternative point of view (i.e. pre-trib rapture), thus leaving those who do not dig more deeply an incomplete education.


  2. I enjoy reading you blog and the answers you give in the Rev study. Do you also have a blog for the Homiletics that goes along with the study?

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. Check out and for help learning how to do homiletics for group leaders and administrative leaders or for your private study. I appreciate him like I do AtoZMom. I rarely have to use his help these days but in the beginning, I would use and refer to the tools on those two sites over and over again. The instructions in the manual are buried so deep, and are written in a way that my particular learning style found confusing, and I do all my work online like most of the under 60 crowd. Thankfully, we have a very kind and loving STL who gave us the hints to use translations with titles and the green sheets for division breakdowns. I hope these two sites help you like they did me when I first began homiletics.


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