Paul in Romans 1:18-32 shows the consequences of discarding the knowledge of God

Paul offered the consequences of discarding the knowledge [epignosis in Greek]  of God by the enlightened of his generation in Romans 1, beginning with verse 18 through to the end of the chapter.


1) precise and correct knowledge
    1a) used in the NT of the knowledge of things ethical and divine

We read of God’s wrath against those who suppress the truth by their wickedness. From Paul:

“…just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. …Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”  verses 28, 32.

Paul could be writing to our generation. From the seventh of his eight-part Gifford Lectures, Wright offers: “To be an image-bearer is more than just behavior; otherwise we put the knowledge of good and evil before the knowledge of God.”

By not keeping the knowledge of God before individual reason, good stands no chance against evil. As good loses to evil, we most certainly lose our liberty.  This, ultimately, is the cost of the Enlightenment.”

Genesis 1:26

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Hebrews 2:5-8

For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.

But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him?

Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:

Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.


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