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# 11377 :  Wherefore God also gave them up

In Romans 1 we read the phrase “God also gave them up” to their own sinfulness. There are 3 instances in which the word 'gave up'(Paradidomi’) has being repeated in this passage. It means to-

1. to give into the hands (of another)

2. to give over into (one's) power or use

There are other instances where it shows God giving up man/nations as a result of their own evil deeds.

My question on one of the previous thread was this- If man is already in sin, why does God need to ‘give’ him over to sin?

Does God exercise a level of constraint on unrighteous men, does He withhold man from sinning, so that man does not descend further into his own unrighteousness?

While we were studying from the book of Genesis in our bible study group couple of weeks ago, I came across Gen 20:6, where we see God withholding Abimelech from sinning. Eventhough the context there is different, it was fascinating to read of God’s actions in that account. A God who saw the ‘innocence’ of Abimelech heart in Genesis in contrast to a God who saw the evil in the heart of the unrighteous man in Roman’s 1. A God who withholds man from sinning in contrast to a God who gives up man to his own sinfulness.

We always know of the Lord who comes in search of the lost sheep, but here is our Lord who exercises judgement, who ‘gives man up’ to:

a)  uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts(v24)

b)  unto vile affections(v26)

c)   to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient(v28)

Please feel free to contribute to this thread as the Lord leads you.

 

Post by : allentvarghese  View Profile    since : 20 Mar 2019


Reply by : George P. Koshy   View Profile   Since : 29 Mar 2019 3:44:29 PM Close

Dear Allen,

 

Thank you making it clear on your previous question. Allow me to add a few thoughts.

 

The expression “God gave them up” (PAREDOKEN AUTOUS O THEOS = gave up them God) is seen in Romans 1:24, 26, 28. In verse 24, God did that because they knew God but did not glorify Him as God. In verse 26, it was because they changed the truth of God into falsehood. In verse 28, it was because they practiced homosexuality of all kinds.

 

In these verses, we read about the progress of the lust of the flesh from not glorifying God, to changing the truth into falsehood, to indulging in homosexuality. There are people who indulge in all these and demand that God should accept them as they are because “God is love.” They know how to quote the Scripture as Satan does.

 

God created man as male and female (Genesis 2, Matthew 10:8-9) and not as male-male, female-female, male-in-female, or female-in-male. When homosexuals make claims and demands, then what they are doing is without glorifying God they are changing the truth and practicing what they should not practice.

 

Let me explain this. Cross dressing is the first evidence of proclaiming that a male is a female or a female is a male. They deny that a male is a male and a female is a female. They resort to that they always knew that a female is trapped into a male-body or a male is trapped into a female-body. This was their explanation before we had the cyber-space.

 

In this cyber-space age, they cross-dress by assuming an ID that is misleading, but agrees with their homosexual preferences. That is, a male will assume a female identity and a female will assume a male identity. That is how they cross dress in the cyber-space. Such a person is the one who “God gave them up.” Unfortunately, many on this Forum are willing to accept them as their teachers. We live in cyber-space as blind being led by the blind—those who are already given up by God.

  

It will be interesting to read Matthew 19:8-9 along with 1 John 2—especially, verses 4, 15-16, 19, 27, and 29.

 

Shalom Malekim!!!

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