“And God Said…”Who is God?How Should We Relate to Him?How Does our Response to God Shape our Lives?
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, Godcreated the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form andvoid, and darkness was over theface of the deep. And the Spirit ofGod was hovering over the face ofthe waters.  And God said, “Letthere be light,” and there waslight.
[Romans 1:18]For the wrath of God isrevealed from heaven against allungodliness and unrighteousnessof men, who by theirunrighteousness suppress thetruth.  For what can be knownabout God is plain to them,because God has shown it tothem.  For His invisibleattributes, namely, His eternalpower and divine nature, havebeen clearly perceived, ever sincethe creation of the world,
in the things that have been made.So they are without excuse.  Foralthough they knew God, they didnot honor Him as God or givethanks to Him, but they becamefutile in their thinking, and theirfoolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, theybecame fools,  and exchangedthe glory of the immortal God forimages resembling mortal manand birds and animals andcreeping things.
[Romans 1:18] For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. Contrast to Romans 1:16-17  For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” FAITH = Righteousness
[Romans 1:18] For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. We Can Naturally Suppress Truth = Faithless Live as if there is no God (Ungodliness) Live as if there is no Law (Unrighteousness) Our Faithless Lifestyles Can Hide the Reality of God In Response – God Reveals His Wrath
For what can be knownabout God is plain to them,because God has shown itto them.  For His invisibleattributes, namely, Hiseternal power and divinenature, have been clearlyperceived, ever since thecreation of the world, in thethings that have beenmade.
Origen of Alexandria (AD185-254) “Paul says that what can be known about God is plain to them [all the Gentile nations], thereby revealing that there is something about God which can be known, even if there is much that remains unknown.… It appears here that the wrath of God is revealed not to those who are ignorant of the truth, but to those who already know the truth, however imperfectly.” Origen Commentarii in Epistulam ad Romanos (5 vols.; ed. T. Heither; Freiburg im Breisgau: Herder, 1990–95)
“Plain to them…” The creation is a transparent and clear revelation of the greatness and the glory of God.4th Century Anonymous Commentator “For his work is made in such a way that it reveals its Maker by its very visibility, so that what is concealed may be known by looking at what is revealed. This is revealed so that everyone might believe that he is God, who made this cosmos, which is impossible for anyone else to do.” Ambrosiastri qui dicitur commentarius in epistulas Paulinas (CSEL 81.39, 41).
“God has shown it to them.” God communicated Himself – He Was Clear [Psalm 19:1] The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork  Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. [Psalm 50:6] The heavens declare his righteousness, for God Himself is judge!
[Jeremiah 5:21] “Hear this, O foolish and senselesspeople, who have eyes, but see not, who have ears,but hear not.  Do you not fear me? declares theLORD. Do you not tremble before me? I placed thesand as the boundary for the sea, a perpetualbarrier that it cannot pass; though the waves toss,they cannot prevail; though they roar, they cannotpass over it.
John Chrysostom (AD344–407) “How did God reveal himself? By a voice from heaven? Not at all! God made a panoply which was able to draw them by more than a voice. He put before them the immense creation, so that both the wise and the unlearned, the Scythian and the barbarian, might ascend to God, having learned through sight the beauty of the things which they had seen.” Chrysostom Homilies on Romans 3.19 (NPNF 1.11:352).
For His invisible attributes,namely, His eternal power anddivine nature, have been clearlyperceived, ever since the creationof the world, in the things thathave been made. So they arewithout excuse.  For althoughthey knew God…
What Can Be Known About God? His Invisible Attributes a. Eternal Power b. DeityHas Been Hidden or Clear? Obvious in CreationHow Long Has Man Had the Knowledge of God? Since the Beginning
Empirical Investigation Reveals Supernatural Reality The Invisible Realm of God is Made Visible in the Mind of Faith-filled People The Supernatural Realm of God is not a Vague Concept, but Crystal ClearThe Jewish People had the Moral Law, but All Mankind had the Laws of Creation. Creation Revealed that We are Created by a Powerful and Eternal Deity. He is a God of Purpose and Order. He is a Tremendous God to be Feared and Honored.
What is the Purpose of Creation and the Universe? To Reveal GodBasil of Caesarea (4th Century) “The cosmos is truly a training place for each rational soul, and a school for attaining the knowledge of God, because through visible and perceptible objects it provides guidance to the mind for the contemplation of the invisible.” Basil Hexameron, Homily 1 (FC 46.11).
Basil continued “In all things visible, clear reminders of the Benefactor grip us. We shall not give any opportunity for sins, nor shall we leave any place in our hearts for the enemy, if we have God as a dweller in us by this constant remembrance of him.” Basil Hexameron 3 (FC 36.54).
So they are without excuse.  Foralthough they knew God, they didnot honor Him as God or givethanks to Him, but they becamefutile in their thinking, and theirfoolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, theybecame fools,  and exchangedthe glory of the immortal God forimages resembling mortal manand birds and animals andcreeping things.
“Without Excuse…” God Didn’t Entrap Them People are Without Excuse Because They Ignored the Obvious God Refusal to Recognize God Moved People to InsanityInsanity. n. mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-therapy/200907/the-definition-insanity-is
Enlightenment Turned to DarknessHow Did it Happen? a. Did Not Acknowledge God b. Did Not Honor God c. Did Not Give ThanksA Lack of Purposeful Recognition and Reverence Led toa Mental and Spiritual Decay that Left Mankind Foolish a. Futile Thinking (Reasoning) b. Darkened Hearts (Inner-Thoughts & Spirituality) c. Prideful Stupidity (Wizened Fools)
They began the CRAZY work of worshipping STUFF 3 Questions 1. Have you forgotten God this week? 2. Have you honored God this week?3. Have you given thanks to God this week?
Remember God• Have you been reading Scripture?• Have you been looking at the world around you?• Have you been slowing down to think?• Have you been talking about God with others?
Honor God• Have you been taking time to praise God for His creation?• Have you been looking at His creation to discover God?• Have you been bringing gifts of value – time, treasure and talent to God?
Thank God• Has God been relevant in your life – and have you thanked Him?• Are you regularly making a practice for times of extended thanksgiving?• Are you taking time with your family?• Are you thanking God for the hard things?
When We Diligently Remember, Honor and ThankGod for His Eternal Power and Divine Nature – WeConnect Our Lives to the Creator of All Good Things.