“For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities- his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Romans 1:17-20

 

To suppress the truth is to shut ones’ eyes spiritually. Paul’s purpose in writing the passage above is to shed light on the believer’s tendency to suppress the truth of the Gospel, which Paul clearly demonstrates, leads to spiritual blindness. How do we suppress the truth? Paul states that we do so by our wickedness and inability to see what is made plain to us by God. Although, God’s eternal power and divine nature are clearly seen in His creation, we often feed our sinful desires and thereby, live in the dark. Ultimately, pride is at the center of this wickedness. We far too often trade the invisible truth for a lie we can see. We focus on our circumstances and attempt to be the God of our lives, seeking after false truths and selfish desires, which only enslave and blind us from the abundant life God has to offer. Just like Elisha’s servant in 2 Kings 6:17, the eyes of our hearts must also be opened so that we may, “know the hope to which he has called [us], the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” Ephesians 1:17-19