Romans 1:19 NASB
“because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.”
The continuation of this thought about man suppressing the truth in unrighteousness takes a turn in Paul’s explanation in how they suppress the truth. The truth that there is a Creator and a Maker that has given us a conciseness and spiritual compass from birth causes man to suppress this truth because it forces them to accept the fact that they will be accountable to this Creator at their death. That which is good and right are in our spiritual DNA. Though we are separated from God spiritually because of sin, we are still made in the likeness of our Creator. His character and moral attributes are within us for the simple fact that in Genesis 1: 26-27 God says, “‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
Though we are not god’s, we are made in God’s likeness. That is to say we bear His image. Without sin, we would be the perfect representation of God’s image. Jesus is the perfect representation of the Father, and we are made to be like Him. Not in glory and authority, but like a mirror that shows a reflection. We must be careful to never assume more likeness to God then allowed. It would be blasphemous to try and compare ourselves and believe that we are little gods. However, there is Biblical and theological evidence in Genesis of our being made in His image and our importance to God is shown through the atonement of the blood of Jesus.
God has purposefully implanted the truth in us. We suppress it and we suppress the truth in others lives. This truth forces us to acknowledge that there is a God that created us and is in authority over our lives.
The word “evident” is actually translated from the greek to our word “manifest”, which means to make visible, clear, to uncover or to reveal. God has made it clear within our hearts that doing wrong things shouldn’t be. Without even being taught, a child knows that abuse is wrong. If a child sees their mother being abused by their father, it causes fear, trauma and an acknowledgement that this shouldn’t be. This evidence of truth within us is innate and comes from our Creator because we are made in His likeness.
It is fair to say that the actual knowledge of who God is, is not revealed within us but must be learned. But Paul isn’t arguing over the need for people to hear the Word of God just yet, he is arguing that man knows right from wrong, God has given him this knowledge and yet man chooses to suppress it and not seek God but seek their own desires and unrighteousness.