Creation itself, with all its majestic splendor and glory which is evident to the eyes of all, cuts away all ground of excuses from willful and wicked man.  It is true that God Himself is invisible, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto.  No man hath seen Him at any time, nor can any see Him, for He is pure, indivisible spirit.  We cannot see with the eye our own spirits, much less that of the infinite and eternal God, upon Whom to look would be certain death for such creatures as ourselves.  Nevertheless, Paul says that the nature of the invisible God is manifested to us in the things that are visible, namely, in the creation itself.  Though God Himself, with all His attributes and characteristics, is invisible, He may be understood by the things that are made.  What about God may be understood by the visible things of creation?  Certainly, we must admit, not the matchless glory of His plan to save sinners through the incarnation of the Son of God; not the existence of the one God in three divine persons; not the unspeakable blessings which He has prepared in the Gospel for them that love Him.  But these things aside, there are certain invaluable lessons which all the race may learn by observing the skies in heaven with its sun, moon, and countless stars and heavenly bodies; by casting our eyes upon birds and beasts, upon the mighty rolling seas and snow-capped mountains; upon deep valleys and endless plains; upon fruitful fields and barren deserts.  The glory of God is seen in every corner of His creation, in the burrowing worm as much as in the giant whale.  His eternal power and Godhead, Paul says, make all His human creatures to be without excuse.  We are so constructed intellectually that we have to force ourselves to look at all the phenomena in the created order and believe that they happened by mere chance.  In truth, from the simplest blade of grass, to the intricate spider’s web, to the blazing sun in the heaven, all in their own ways and degrees declare the glory of God.  The more that men learn about created beings, the more marvelous complexity they see in it.  Every cell in the human body is more complex than the most highly engineered computer.  Yet, the same people who could not look at a cardboard box and say it happened by accident, can look at the human frame, which is so fearfully and wonderfully made, and declare it the byproduct of random evolutionary processes.  The evidence of design in all earthly creatures is so obvious, that when one even watches a scientific documentary, while they propound the doctrines of natural selection and atheistic evolution, they took about how this animal is “designed” to do this, that animal is “designed” for that, etc., etc.  Of course, one need not be a mighty logician to see that, where there is design, there must be a designer.  No person looks at a boat and says that it is designed for sailing on the water, while at the same time reasoning that the various materials happened by mere chance to congeal together in the shape of a boat.  Yet, vain and wicked men adopt that very theory when looking at the natural order which God has created.  Truly does Paul say, “They are without excuse.”

I am making applications to our modern society, because what the apostle is teaching seems a most apt description of our modern post-Christian age.  In his own context, the apostle is speaking of the Gentile world, which turned away from God, and wandered for ages in the blindness of heathen idolatry.  The similarities are apparent because our culture is doing precisely what the postdiluvian world did even before Noah passed away.  They knew about God, knew of His mighty judgment of the flood, knew His eternal power and Godhead by the creation, and yet nevertheless turned aside to worship idols, and to serve their own perverse ends.  And so the countries of North America and the European nations in particular, in spite of having been blessed with through so many centuries with the light of divine revelation, have become the fiercest opponents of the scriptures of God and the God of the scriptures.  And so, this process which Paul describes in such fearsome terms apply equally as well to our own age as they did to the Gentile pagans of whom he wrote around 60 A.D.

 

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