Summary of passage: God allowed those who rejected Him to sin through sexual impurity and to degrade others. These sinners worshiped created things (lies) rather than the Creator (Truth). Men lusted for other men and committed indecent acts and were punished for such. Women did so as well. Furthermore, God allowed their minds to be perverted with no knowledge of Him and they did what ought NOT to be done.
9a) That God is the Creator of all things.
b) Personal Question. My answer: Material things or the desire of, people, work or career, pets, images of god, other gods, nothing, and creation itself are common ones for people. I think I do pretty good keeping Him the center of my world. Sometimes passion overtakes God (when sin occurs like anger or love). Like with any distraction, my life would be more God-centered, loving, compassionate, and kind-hearted without everything else pulling me in a thousand different directions.
10) God created man and woman in His image to be together and I think sometimes man puts woman (or vice versa) ahead of Him. Sexual sin is very intimate. The Holy Spirit lives in our bodies, which we are to treat as a temple. Hence, when we sin sexually, it is a greater sin (against our body) and we are the body of Christ. It’s akin to worship and idolatry cause we are putting someone else ahead of God.
11) Personal Question. My answer: “God gave them over” In essence, God has abandoned them to their sin. He’s turned His back. No one “gets away” with immorality and/or injustice. All will pay the price before Christ on Judgment Day. It doesn’t change my thoughts because I don’t worry about what other people do because I know God will judge them. However, it does sadden me to think of God abandoning them. I don’t want to be abandoned by God. It’s as if God has given up. Incredibly sad.
Conclusions: We see the importance God places on us taking our bodies seriously. Sex is never ‘just sex’. Our bodies mirror God’s and He lives in us. Other sins (murder, lying, cheating, stealing, etc) don’t directly affect the Spirit. This one does. God is saying sexual sin is a complete abandonment of Him, thus deserving Him abandoning us. How tragic!
End Notes: God’s wrath allows us to keep sinning. Otherwise, He’d stop us.
It’s supposed to read “the lie”, not “a lie” in verse 25. “The lie” is us putting ourselves in God’s place (Genesis 3:5).
Paul wrote this from the city of Corinth, where every sort of sexual immorality and ritualistic prostitution was practiced freely, including in their temples. Spurgeon would not even read this passage outloud he was so offended by its description of man’s vices.
This passage is clearly a condemnation of homosexuality. The Old Testament condemns it as well (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13).
Paul uses the Greek words here for male and female, not men and women, a distinction to draw attention to the fact the sin is beyond human terms.
Roman culture approved of homosexuality and many practiced it openly. Most Roman emperors had sex with young boys. At times the Roman Empire specifically taxed approved homosexual prostitution and gave boy prostitutes a legal holiday. Legal marriage between same gender couples was recognized, and even some of the emperors married other men. At the very time Paul wrote, Nero was emperor. He took a boy named Sporus and had him castrated, then married him (with a full ceremony), brought him to the palace with a great procession, and made the boy his “wife.” Later, Nero lived with another man, and Nero was the “wife.”
Statistics show many homosexuals today have many more partners than non-homosexuals. Sex is not honored.
The word debased or depraved (or, reprobate in the KJV) originally meant “that which has not stood the test.” It was used of coins that were below standard and therefore rejected. The idea is that since man did not “approve” to know God, they came to have an “unapproved” mind. It is as if man were testing God to see if He passed and then rejected Him.
One commentator called the depraved mind “spiritually insane”. I like this! Our thinking is affected through sin. Why else would one rebel against God?
Amen in verse 25 can mean either “Yes indeed, it is so” or “So be it”.