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Romans 1:21

"For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened." (NASB)

"Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened." (KJV)

"Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn't worship Him as God or even give Him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused." (NLT)

G1097
γινω?σκω
gino?sko?

Thayer Definition:

1) to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel
1a) to become known
2) to know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of
2a) to understand
2b) to know
3) Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman
4) to become acquainted with, to know
Part of Speech: verb

Even the words of “Marcus Tullius Cicero,” the Roman philosopher and politician in the waning years of the Roman Republic, (de Natura Deorum, lib. ii. c. 6) will show that they had the knowledge of one God.  “There is something in the nature of things, which the mind of man, which reason, which human power cannot effect; and certainly what produces this must be better than man.  What can this be called but “God?...What can be so plain and manifest, when we look at heaven, and contemplate heavenly things, as that there is some divinity of most excellent mind, by which these things are governed?”

The process outlined herein is this:
(1) That people had the knowledge of God.
(2) that they refused to honor him when they knew him, and were opposed to his character and government.
(3) that they were ungrateful.
(4) that they then began to doubt, to reason, to speculate, and wandered far into darkness.

Isn't this who we are today? We wander away from God. We have the knowledge of God, but we do not love him; and since we are dissatisfied with his character and government, we begin to speculate, fall into error, and then “find no end in wandering mazes lost1,” and sink into the depths of heresy and of sin.

1Milton, Paradise Lost, II. 560-1

"Jesus answered them, 'To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.'" (Mat 13:11 NASB)

"and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God." (Eph 3:19 NASB)

Oh how thankful is my heart to know Christ and to see the vast pit from whence I was saved.  Elation of my inner being gushes forth into praise hallelujahs that cannot be restrained.  In the midst of my sin darkened heart burns a flame unquenchable the essence of a pure and holy love that stooped to save a "wretch like me!"  Maranatha!

Romans 1:21

"For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened." (NASB)

"Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened." (KJV)

"Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn't worship Him as God or even give Him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused." (NLT)

G1097
γινω?σκω
gino?sko?

Thayer Definition:

1) to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel
1a) to become known
2) to know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of
2a) to understand
2b) to know
3) Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman
4) to become acquainted with, to know
Part of Speech: verb

Even the words of “Marcus Tullius Cicero,” the Roman philosopher and politician in the waning years of the Roman Republic, (de Natura Deorum, lib. ii. c. 6) will show that they had the knowledge of one God.  “There is something in the nature of things, which the mind of man, which reason, which human power cannot effect; and certainly what produces this must be better than man.  What can this be called but “God?...What can be so plain and manifest, when we look at heaven, and contemplate heavenly things, as that there is some divinity of most excellent mind, by which these things are governed?”

The process outlined herein is this:
(1) That people had the knowledge of God.
(2) that they refused to honor him when they knew him, and were opposed to his character and government.
(3) that they were ungrateful.
(4) that they then began to doubt, to reason, to speculate, and wandered far into darkness.

Isn't this who we are today? We wander away from God. We have the knowledge of God, but we do not love him; and since we are dissatisfied with his character and government, we begin to speculate, fall into error, and then “find no end in wandering mazes lost1,” and sink into the depths of heresy and of sin.

1Milton, Paradise Lost, II. 560-1

"Jesus answered them, 'To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.'" (Mat 13:11 NASB)

"and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God." (Eph 3:19 NASB)

Oh how thankful is my heart to know Christ and to see the vast pit from whence I was saved.  Elation of my inner being gushes forth into praise hallelujahs that cannot be restrained.  In the midst of my sin darkened heart burns a flame unquenchable the essence of a pure and holy love that stooped to save a "wretch like me!"  Maranatha!



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