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Romans 1:24 – the uncleanness of dishonoring

13-08-2020 - Posted by Andre Piet

Wherefore God gives them over, in the lusts of their hearts, to the uncleanness of dishonoring their bodies among themselves.

Where “the glory of the incorruptible GOD” (: 23) is replaced, it by definition means dishonor. For the creature’s dignity and glory is precisely that it points to its Creator. Where that narrative disappears, everything in creation becomes flat and vulgar. The Greek word for “uncleanness” also has that idea in its word structure (a-kat-arsia> un-downward-liftedness).

Sexuality is a primal urge that characterizes the whole of living nature. That was of course conceived and created by the Creator himself. By who else? But that is not only ‘technical’ or functional, but above all its His free expression. It expresses how the man (as image bearer of the Creator; 1 Cor.11: 7) out of the woman (> creation; Rom.8: 22) begets new life. We see love, unification, resurrection, new life, hope and expectation demonstrated. All sexuality is a representation of the way GOD goes with creation to produce a new creation. Without that lofty reference to the Creator, sex is nothing more than vulgar entertainment. And thus without “the glory of the incorruptible GOD”.