The evidence of God’s personal and creative handiwork has been in creation from the beginning. No one can miss it:
Psalm 8:1-3 (NKJV)
1 O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
There is in man that which longs to correspond with God- a God-shaped vacuum- a senses of oughtness- a realization of guilt.
From the life of Paul we can give a good illustration: When they were shipwrecked and they were building a fire, a snake came out and bit Paul on the hand. The pagan natives concluded that he was being punished for some crime . How did they gain the knowledge that sin deserves punishment?
Missionaries universally testify that they find no athetist in even the most primitive tribal setting.
God’s wrath is the counterpart to His righteousness. Paul’s argument is this: God’s wrath is deserved by all men because they have refused the revelation of God and His righteousness.
Let’s first look at two major reason why the heathen are lost:
THE HEATHEN ARE LOST BECAUSE OF THEIR REVELATION OF GOD
Romans 1:18-19 (NKJV) - For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.
In the first three verses of this passage Paul says that man has revelation of God which has been manifested within them and shown to them, and because of that revelation, man is without excuse.
Skeptics ask one question more than any other about the validity of the Gospel message:"What about those who have never once heard about Jesus Christ? Will God send them to hell because they have never accepted a Jesus whom they have never heard?" And while few Christians ask the same questions, it is not because they are already believers. It is because they are not sure that they know the answer either. But there is an answer and we will pursue that in our next few devotions. We saw that that righteousness is gained before God in only one way.: through the righteousness that God provides in Christ Jesus. No one, can come to God without this righteousness in Christ Jesus, no one!
Romans 1:17 (NKJV) " For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."
We begin our life in Christ by faith. We live our daily life by faith. Walking daily with the Lord but there is one more thing. We end our life by faith. Hebrews 11 shows us those who walked by faith. And Hebrews 11:39 says,"And all these , having obtained a good testimony, through faith..." Let me ask you, are you obtaining a good testimony or you just making it through life? In the Book of Revelation Jesus continually says this," To him who overcomes..." Then He has promise after promise for the Overcomers. You see we are born again by faith, we walk by faith and we die by faith. Does this describe your life? If it doesn't repent and return to your first love- Jesus !