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25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.  

 

who [Greek—who of such character] exchanged [transmuted] the truth of God for the lie,

Once again, we have the idea of exchanging the truth of God in this chapter. In this case, they exchanged God’s truth for “the lie.” This lie is that people can live independent of the truth of God, a falsification of reality.  First they bartered away the glory of God (v 23), now they barter away the truth of God.

Here the “truth” is God’s revelation of Himself in creation. Once people say “no” to the Bible, their souls begin to corrupt. When they lie to themselves about what the Bible truly says, they go downhill spiritually. They go deeper and deeper into regression spiritually. Once they hear the gospel and reject it, it becomes more difficult to accept it.

and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator,

Man turned to his own sufficiency, to a form of humanism, losing the Creator in the creature. The Creator is self-existent, absolute, unconditioned, unlimited in power and knowledge; the creature owes his existence to the Creator. To worship the creature is the height of folly.

who is blessed forever.

Here is a blessed benediction. Notwithstanding those who reject the Creator, He stands “blessed forever.” Paul, for himself, chose to give God His due deference.

Amen.

“Amen” places approval on the previous statement. It is not a wish.

PRINCIPLE:

The sexual “revolution” of our day says something about the direction of Western civilization.

APPLICATION:

Freedom and pleasure as the ultimate standard for life puts a civilization outside God’s domain. God has a higher purpose for us than slavery to freedom and bondage to pleasure. This philosophy is a “lie” that does not give true satisfaction.

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