We previously looked at how eternal life is a personal relationship with God. Our relationship, however, must reflect that God is the Creator and we are His creation – He is King, and we are not. We must submit to God. Unfortunately, we have believed the lie that God is not worthy of our submission. We have rejected Him. Paul says this three times in Romans 1:
“For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him…” (v. 21)
“because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen” (v. 25)
“And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God,” (v. 28)
Rejecting God as Lord is the essence of sin, and sin has consequences.
“And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.” (v. 28-31)
We often ask the question, “How can a loving God allow all the suffering and pain in the world?” But God has simply given us what we want. We want to live apart from God and rule ourselves, so God doesn’t force us to submit to Him. But since God is the only one fit to rule, there naturally will be problems. So when we reject God, the pain and suffering of the world is inevitable.
The good news of the Bible is that God didn’t leave us to our debased minds. Through Jesus, God Himself came to claim His throne and to reconcile those who rejected Him. He came in humility, showing us that He loves us and that He is worthy of our submission. Our reign leads to death, but His reign leads to life. He is the rightful King.