I.  The judgment of God
B.  Without Favortism (Romans 2:6-11)

“God ‘will give to each person according to what he has done.’ 7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11 For God does not show favoritism.”

God will judge the just and the ungodly without favoritism.
As the Jews had the power of the Gospel given to them first, so shall they be first in line to receive the judgment of God.  As the Gentiles still received the Gospel so will the Gentiles still receive judgment.  There is no favoritism with God.

These verses are not teaching a work based salvation.  Paul has already made clear in chapter 1 that the Gospel of Christ is the power of salvation.  There is no power in the moralist attempting to live a pure live.  Simply trying to get by with “clean living” is not going to cut it.  Please note that Scripture passages must be taken in context – and the disregard for context has led to many false ideas.

You can know with confidence the state of your salvation by knowing the pattern of your life. If you have turned from what you used to trust in for your salvation and turned from your sinful life and turned to the living God by asking forgiveness of your sins and trusting Jesus as your Savior, and you live a life that is characterized by good, then you can have significant confidence in your eternal state. You can be confident that you have been regenerated and have been made a new creation in God’s sight.

Likewise, regardless of what you have professed or claimed to believe, you cannot have much confidence if your life is characterized (a consistent pattern) by evil. If you have little regard for God, little regard for His Name, if you are living to fulfill your selfish desires, then you cannot have such confidence.

The emphasis of Paul’s teaching here is that all will be judged.  At this point he is not attempting to go into any real detail of what this judging by God looks like, when it will happen, everyone at once or different groups at different times.  We would need to look at other passages of Scriptures to come to conclusions about such things, and we will not be endeavoring to teach all of that in this lesson.
At the end of verse 11, Paul makes clear that there is no partiality with God!  To the Jewish part of Paul’s readership this may have come as quite a shock because some of them thought they were in good standing with God based solely on their genes.

Lesson: God is just in all his judgments and does not play favorites!

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