"Commentary on Romans 1:25". Some think the images were originally intended to help focus the mind on God. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. Amen. Exchanged. Amen: when the Hebrews of old made mention of the true God, they were wont to add these words: Let him be blessed for ever. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/romans-1.html. "changed into a lie"; by ascribing to false deities, which were 1874-1909. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/romans-1.html. Thus departing from the true God, and receiving false gods in His stead, they worshipped the creature more, or rather, than the creator They pretended, indeed, that they did not forsake the Creator, while they served numerous divinities. "Commentary on Romans 1:25". A. Alexander, The Gospel of Jesus Christ, p. 61. ii., p. 34. It was not an idle tickling of the sense or fancy. ROMANS 4:1-25 THIS chapter beautifully connects with all that precedes it. (There is widespread scholarly opinion that Paul did not write these verses; however, the person who did and the editor who placed them near the end of the letter [commentaries cite the various placements of the doxology] clearly presumed that … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 16:25-27" THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE ROMANS. Not the truth of the Gospel, which they were unacquainted with; The people described by Paul served creatures made by the Creator rather than honor the Creator who made the creatures. In the N. T. it only occurs here. At the beginning of a sentence it is often used adverbially, verily, assuredly; at the end of a sentence it is used to express assent, it is true, so let it be. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, ( A) and worshiped and served created things. The *Holy Spirit … Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. Bibliography"Commentary on Romans 1:25". The word ἐυλογντός is by Harless, Ephesians 1:3 and by Meyer, made to mean praised, as the Hebrew בָרוּך, to which it so constantly answers; not, therefore, worthy of praise, but who is in fact the object of praise to all holy beings. Copyright � Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. This verse casts light on the τὴν ἀλήθ. "Commentary on Romans 1:25". In the first chapter the Apostle had announced that ‘the righteousness of God’ was revealed in the Gospel, which is on that account the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. "Commentary on Romans 1:25". 1897. Who changed the truth of God into a lie; i.e. 1 1 A COMMENTARY ON ROMANS 11:25-32 By: Scott K. Leafe, M. DIV. "Commentary on Romans 1:25". Take up and read!”b. Where no specific law exists, there is no transgression. Yes, I say our language. Such a practice would tend eminently to prevent an unholy familiarity and irreverence in regard to the sacred name of the Most High; compare Exodus 20:7. First aorist active indicative of μεταλλασσω — metallassō old word for exchanging trade, only here and Romans 1:26 in N.T. No, the name seems to be shunned because it means too much, suggests too much, concedes too much. 25. οἵτινες. εὐλογητός is Blessed, κατʼ ἐξοχήν: the LXX put for it the perf. This would not be inconsistent with αὐτούς in Romans 1:26, which would then be resumptive; but the very praise of God, in which Romans 1:25 terminates, and still more the concluding ἀμήν, which can only indicate the end of the sentence (comp Romans 9:5, Romans 11:36; Galatians 1:5; Ephesians 3:21), ought to have decidedly precluded such a forced intermixture of sentences, which is not to be justified by subtleties. The sin has been paid for by the blood of Christ. New York, USA. eulogetos. In time, the image became "god" for them, and God the Creator was forgotten. BibliographyRobertson, A.T. "Commentary on Romans 1:25". The Gentiles were on their own, and they were lost. Paul uses the word mysterion frequently. For this reason (Ro 1:18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25) -- The Greek phrase for this reason is composed of two words (dia touto) variously translated in the NAS as "for this cause", "for this purpose", "for because of this", "therefore" and functions as a term of conclusion. The relative interpretation: more than the Creator (Vulgate, Erasmus, Luther, Castalio, Grotius, Ammon, Rückert, and others), is therefore in point of fact erroneous. 13 For the promise to Abraham and to his seed that he should be heir of the world wasn’t through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. Changed the truth of God into a lie; the true God for an idol, or false god. The introduction of the doxology in this verse is due to an impulse of reverential feeling. BibliographyHaldane, Robert. τῇ κτίσει] Corresponding with the verb standing next to it, so that the accusative is to be supplied with ἐσεβ. Amen.’. Amen. BibliographyClarke, Adam. Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. (2 Timothy 4:3-4; Proverbs 23:23; 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12). Amen." He gave them up as being those who, etc. Amen. The true God was known among the primitive inhabitants of the earth, those who first became idolaters literally changed the truth of God into a lie: they did know the true God, but they put idols in his place. 1863-1878. Hos. τῇ κτ.] When you reject the truth, the only thing left to believe are lies. 1765. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. 25 was an interruption extorted from Paul by the need which his outraged heart felt to justify once more the severity of such a punishment. The one who is "blessed forever" and the only one who can offer salvation was rejected. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cgt/romans-1.html. παρὰ τὸν κτίσαντα: to the passing by, i.e., disregard or contempt of the Creator. Here men and women burnt in worse than beastly lusts towards those of their own sex. Who change ( οἳτινεϚ). Tholuck mentions an Arabic manuscript in the library at Berlin which contains an account of heresies in respect to Islamism, and as often as the writer has occasion to mention the name of a new heretical sect, he adds, ‹God be exalted above all which they say‘” (Stuart). It denotes that we should never speak of God but with profound respect, and that this respect ought to be accompanied with praise and thanksgiving. Charles Schribner's Sons. —, And worshipped, etc. But whenever religious worship is offered to the creature in any manner whatever, it is forsaking God, whose will it is, not only that His creatures should serve Him, but that they should serve Him alone, on which account He calls Himself a jealous God. ref. The lust to sin dwells in human nature. BibliographyVincent, Marvin R. DD. In another place the apostle says, “That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I … creatures; which is so glaring a truth, that everyone ought to CHAPTER 4. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. He points out especially the sin of idolatry; for religious honor cannot be given to a creature, without taking it away, in a disgraceful and sacrilegious manner, from God: and vain is the excuse that images are worshipped on God’s account, since God acknowledges no such worship, nor regards it as acceptable; and the true God is not then worshipped at all, but a fictitious God, whom the flesh has devised for itself. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hdg/romans-1.html. Amen. All rights reserved. Into a lie — False, abominable idolatries. Can it be reverence, religious awe, that prompts the suppression of what would seem the most indispensable of all words—the incommunicable name of God? Quite comprehensive = the truth about God and themselves and their relation to Him; so τῷ ψεύδει the false theory or statement of man and GOD which they adopted; cf. The word rendered ‘blessed’ is applied, in the Bible, only to God; a different one is used of man, in the Psalms, Sermon on the Mount, etc. It implies here the solemn assent of the writer to what was just said; or his strong wish that what he had said might be - that the name of God might be esteemed and be blessed forever. But Paul is not speaking about willfully committing sin (consciously giving in to the desires of the flesh Sin is anything that goes against God’s will and His laws. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/romans-1.html. BibliographyAlford, Henry. The Jews also usually did it. Romans 9:5; Romans 11:33, for the solemn, liturgical close of a doxology. Creature worship is idolatry, whether it be a fine house, a pipe-organ, an old creed, water baptism or an elegant, learned preacher. Here our apostle proceeds to give a particular and distinct account of the abominable idolatry and unnatural filthiness, which he had charged the Heathens with in the foregoing verses. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? 1—Ibid., vol. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/romans-1.html. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". On the latter verb, see on Revelation 22:3. As long as man retains the sensibilities which God has given him and yet remains unwilling to retain God in his thoughts, the voice of Nature will be louder than the voice of God. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11. a lie = the lie. Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. "Commentary on Romans 1:25". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/romans-1.html. The truth of God (the true notion of Him as the Creator) which they professed, they changed into (see on ἐν, Romans 1:23) a lie ( ψεῦδος = שֶׁקֶר, used of idols, Jeremiah 16:19 ), thus counteracting its legitimate agency and depriving it of all power for good. The doxology: who is praised, בָּרוּךְ, not: celebrandus (comp on Ephesians 1:3 ; 2 Corinthians 11:31; Mark 14:61), for ever! "Living By Faith: Commentary on Romans". Commentary “Therefore, God gave them over” – here… Compare John 8:44. He repeats what he had said before, though in different words, in order to fix it deeper in our minds. The phrase, “the truth of God” is a Hebrew phrase, meaning “the true God.” In such a case, where two nouns come together, one is employed as an adjective to qualify the other. "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". Better, as Rev., exchanged, etc., for a lie. Deor.). "Commentary on Romans 1:25". He now resumes his exposition of the punishment, begun in Romans 1:24; and this time he proceeds to the end. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/romans-1.html. Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie Not the truth of the Gospel, which they were unacquainted with; but that which might be known of God as true, and was known of them by the light of nature; or the true God himself, whom they "changed into a lie"; by ascribing to false deities, which were lying vanities, those things which were known of God; and by worshipping them instead of him: for they That I might include two words in one, I have given this rendering. References: Romans 1:26-29.—Clergyman's Magazine, vol. Both verbs belong to τῇ κτίσει; though σεβάζομαι would require an accusative, λατρεύω, the nearest, takes the government. Who is blessed, etc. Amen." (The) Blessed One. It is well known that idols are often called lies. 1832. Copyright StatementThe text of this work is public domain. Learn hence, That when men provoke God finally to forsake them, and judicially to give them up to their own heart's lusts, they will not stick to commit such monstrous and unnatural uncleanness, as the very brute beasts abhor. Romans 1:23 , “the glory of God”) is the same thing as God in His truth, or the true God as He had actually revealed Himself to man. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. Quippe qui, “seeing that they,” repeats Romans 1:23 with amplification. Amen. They were guilty of two great errors; one was in their minds, they changed the truth of God into a lie; the other in their wills, they served the creature more than the Creator. Though the impious among ourselves no longer pray to stocks and stones, or beasts and birds, or moon and stars, there is still a strong taint of idolatry perceptible in our religion, science, literature, business—nay, our very language. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/romans-1.html. 1835. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bpc/romans-1.html. Anything which is not what it pretends to be, or what it is supposed to be, is in the Scriptures called a lie. App-137. 1878. BibliographyNicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. When certain causes now at work have had their full effect, the worshipper of God will again be like Elijah on Mount Carmel, while the vast mixed multitude are worshippers of Nature. The primary questions pertain to the identification of the “I”, whether the “I” is regenerate, and how its meaning contributes to the Christian life. Compare Luke 18:14, where the approved reading is παρ ' ἐκεῖνον ratherthan the other, implying that the Pharisee was in no respect justified. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/romans-1.html. Shocked at the language which he finds himself using, and at the connection in which the most Holy Name has been mentioned, the Apostle turns aside for a moment to testify to his own humble adoration. BibliographyPett, Peter. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/romans-1.html. I am not lying. “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for evermore. "Commentary on Romans 1:25". In the 25th verse, they are charged with a false object of their worship, giving divine honour to a creature: They changed the truth of God into a lie; that is, the true God into an idol, called a lie, because it deceives men as a lie doth by seeming to be that which indeed it is not; it seems in the idolater's fancy, to have something of divinity in it, when, in reality, it is but wood or stone. τ . Amen,—is a natural effusion of deeply-moved piety, called forth by the detestable contrast of the Gentile abominations just described, without any further special design (Koppe: “ne ipse in majestatem divinam injurius videri possit;” comp Tholuck). This rejection had consequences. Not only did ancient people reject God, they actually engaged in an "exchange" (metallasso). Consider whether our religion or our irreligion is so free from the idolatrous element as we generally suppose, and if not what are the appearances which bear the most resemblance to the false religion of the ancient world. (4:15) No one can be charged with violating a nonexisting law. ( C) Amen. "Family Bible New Testament". Comp. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". This noun belongs, in sense, to both the preceding verbs, although the first by itself would require the accusative. (52) What is added, Who is blessed for ever, I explain as having been said for the purpose of exposing idolaters to greater reproach, and in this way, “He is one whom they ought alone to have honored and worshipped, and from whom it was not right to take away any thing, no, not even the least.”. Copyright StatementThe Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. Greek. The creature ( κτίσει), not the creation, but any particular created thing. Compare the same word in Romans 1:26. The contra creatorem, which Hammond, Koppe, Flatt, Fritzsche and Mehring find here, may likewise be traced to the sense of comparison (see Bernhardy, p. 259; Winer, p. 377 [E. T. 504]; and the passages from Plato in Ast. "Commentary on Romans 1:25". Romans 1:25. την ἀλήθειαν, the truth) which commands us to worship God AS God.— ἐν τῳ ψεύδει [into a lie—Engl. The He is that Satan is man"s benefactor and is to be worshipped. The nature and power of Abraham's faith are shown. 1865-1868. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/romans-1.html. Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible. In various places of Scripture idols are termed lies. These verses in Romans 1 recap what the first commandment forbids, the worship of … "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/romans-1.html. Who is blessed for ever. The Expositor's Greek Testament. See Isaiah 44:20; Isaiah 44:28. The construction is the same as in Romans 1:23, μετήλλαχαν ἐν, they exchanged for, not they changed into. For this use of παρὰ, see Winer, 503 f. ὅς ἐστιν εὐλογητός: the doxology relieves the writer’s feelings as he contemplates such horrors. Romans 1:25. 1-3. Romans 2:1.—Homiletic Quarterly, vol. In examining the central issue of the first few commandments, we find that the first concerns what we worship. Who is blessed forever. ), is stronger than the simple verb in Romans 1:23. The preposition indicates passing by the Creator altogether; not merely giving preference to the creature. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator — Professing merely to worship the Creator by means of the creature, they soon came to lose sight of the Creator in the creature. a. The word ‘Amen’ is here not only an affirmation, or an approval; it is also an aspiration of pious feeling, and a token of regard for the honor of God. Whochanged the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. In Romans 4:19, there is textual uncertainty as to if we should read he considered his body as good as dead or if we should read he did not consider his own body. Greek. In this way they preserved veneration for the name of God, and accustomed themselves to speak of him with reverence. If we repent and ask God forgiveness, then Christ's blood covers all of our sins. Romans 2:2-4.—Ibid., vol. Ephesians 4:25. Lex. BibliographyBurkitt, William. Romans 1:24-25. Who is blessed forever - It was not uncommon to add a doxology, or ascription of praise to God, when his name was mentioned; see Romans 9:5; 2 Corinthians 11:31; Galatians 1:5. The doxology is the natural outburst of piety, aroused into holy indignation at the sin of idolatry, which is by the contrast portrayed in its darkest colors. ix., p. 213. The phrase “into a lie,” is literally, with a lie, the “lie” being regarded as the instrument by which the substitution is made. Hodge's Commentary on Romans, Ephesians and First Corintians. Either is possible, though the second seems to be a better choice. BibliographyHodge, Charles. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. above, Romans 1:9. παρὰ τὸν κτ., to the neglect of. But we need not supply εἰ καὶ οὗτοι ὕβρισαν, as Chrys. Romans 1:25. οἵτινες μετήλλαξαν κ. τ. λ(497)] as those who exchanged, etc. Amen. The sense therefore substantially amounts to praeterito creatore (Hilary), or relicto creatore (Cyprian), i.e. Qua ornari ab eo Diabolus quaerebat, as Austin writeth to a learned but lewd person of his times. Cf. In his writings, mysterion means something that God has kept hidden—at least for a period of time. Paul again stated that God turned His back on these people, and this rejection took away all hope. Romans 1:25, ESV: "because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hac/romans-1.html. Only here. On ὅστις, quippe qui, which brings up the class to which one belongs, and thereby includes the specification of the reason, see Hermann, a(499) Soph. "Commentary on Romans 1:25". "Commentary on Romans 1:25". p. 28), but has against it the fact, that in the whole context Paul presents the matter in the light of a μετάλλαξις, of an exchanging the true for the false, not of hostility to the true. 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