Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
The passage above is taken from Paul’s discussion of the wrath of God in Romans 1. Verse 18 of chapter 1 states,
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth”
Reading this passage, you might expect sulfur and fire to follow next, but instead Paul writes,
“…they[humanity collectively] became futile in their thinking and their foolish hearts were darkened.” from romans 1:21.
Many people think of God’s wrath as an exclusively future event involving God’s final judgement against sin (fire and brimstone and such), but Paul makes it very clear that besides this future element, God’s wrath involves a present aspect as well. God’s wrath is presently revealed in His giving people over to the sinful desires of their hearts.
It’s a terrifying thing to think of God giving people over to sin. Sin is serious and it’s hardening effects are not to be underestimated. God is Holy and He will punish sin.
Believers should rejoice that the LORD has spared them from such a fate (being hardened by the deceitfulness of sin). Praise God that Jesus has soaked up the full measure of God’s wrath for all those who repent a believe!