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Scripture Reading: Romans 2:3-11


Filled With All Unrighteousness (#1)

(Romans 1:28-32)



1.  Christians are to be "filled with the Spirit", Eph. 5:18.

  a.  The Spirit-given word: Walk in, be led by and live in, Col. 3:16; Gal. 5:16-18, 25.

  b.  Bear the fruit of the Spirit, Gal. 5:22-23.

2.  The worldly "fulfill the lust of the flesh", Gal. 5:16-21.

3.  The degeneration of individuals and entire societies that refuse to honor God and retain a knowledge of God, Romans 1---

  a.  Sin places sinners under divine wrath, 1:18-20.

  b.  Unthankful fools who distort God and defile themselves, 1:21-25.

  c.  Driven by vile passions, they abandon what is natural, 1:26-27.

  d.  Reject knowledge of God - Reprobate (rejected, depraved) mind, leading to all manner of sin, 1:28.

4.  Filled with all unrighteousness, Rom. 1:29-31:

  a.  First Group: Very general designations of sin.

  b.  Second Group: Envy and its consequences.

  c.  Third Group: Variety of sins...dangerous to souls and social fabric (spiritual, family, business, community, law and order, justice).

5.  God's judgment on those who practice and those who approve. 1:32.

6.  This depraved world exists today (various degrees and places).

7.  Warning: We must not learn what they teach, think as they think or live as they live, 1 Cor. 15:33-34. (Application: Parents, children, media, schools, friends, etc.)



  A.  Filled With: Full of, Consumed by (filled to the brim): State of Completion. cf. Eph. 4:17-19 - Given over to all manner of evil.

    1.  Unrighteousness (adikia): As in 1:18, lack of right conduct toward men, injustice.

      a.  Treats others with disregard (even contempt).

      b.  It comprehends all that follows in 1:29-31; 1 John. 5:17.

      c.  Opposite of golden rule and loving neighbor, Matt. 7:12; 22:39.

    2.  [Sexual immorality (porneia)]: Fornication. (NA & UBS omits)

      a.  Dishonors/defilement  of marriage bed, Heb. 13:4 (adultery).

      b.  Dishonors/defilement of body, 1 Cor. 6:13, 18-20; 1 Thess. 4:3-5.

      c.  Dishonors/defilement of heart, Mark 7:21.

    3.  Wickedness (ponēria): "Defectiveness, "Intentionally practised evil will" and "unceasing baseness" in classical Gk. (Kittel), malice, evil purposes and desires. Stands in contrast to "good."

      a.  "Describes the inner nature of a person who delights in acting in ways that oppose God and goodness, and who puts his evil desires into practice."[1]

      b.  Plots sin, Prov. 1:10-16.

      c.  "used...more of the tempter and seducer to evil."[2]  - "...enticing unstable souls" (2 Pet. 2:14)

    4.  Covetousness (pleonexia): Greed.

      a.  Insatiable desire to have more; Never content or satisfied, 1 Tim. 6:6-10; Phil. 4:11-13; Heb. 13:5-6.

      b.  Often at the disadvantage of others (cf. gambling, theft, unethical business practices, etc.).

    5.  Maliciousness (kakia): Malice, meanness, desire to injure.

      a.  More the passive side of evil; the development of evil motives and desires, cf. Acts 8:22.

      b.  Disrupts fellowship with man and God, cf. Titus 3:3 (malice).

      c.  Gospel calls to lay aside all malice, 1 Pet. 2:1. Transformation of the way we think, away from the world and toward God, Rom. 12:2.



1.  To the defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure - They always see evil in motives and actions (projection of themselves on to others), Titus 1:15-16.

2.  Sin begins with refusing God...ends in eternal refusal by God due to His righteous judgment against sin, Rom. 1:18, 32; 2:2, 6-9.

3.  To be continued...


[1] Cottrell, J. (1996). Romans (Vol. 1, Ro 1:29–31). Joplin, MO: College Press Pub. Co.

[2] Alford, H. (2010). Alford’s Greek Testament: an exegetical and critical commentary (Vol. 2, p. 326). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.




By: Joe R. Price

Posted: September 5, 2014