Romans


Part 2 of Contentious Wife Equals Terrible Life

The way I see it there are four basic categories of men:

Category 1:  Losers. These are the guys who have always been fascinated with themselves yet generally have low self-esteem.  If he thinks there is something better elsewhere then he is ready to walk. Basically this has been in the back of his mind since the beginning.  His marriage proposal could have gone like this, “Baby, I love you, I really do.  How about we spend an undetermined number of years together? Maybe we will even have some kids followed by a terrible stretch at which point I’ll upgrade to a younger better looking model and you can go look for an old sugar daddy.”

Well if you are in category 1, then there isn’t that much anyone can do for you until you realize what a pathetic loser you are and repent of your sin and selfishness and turn to Jesus.  (If you think that is harsh then you don’t understand that without being in Jesus and then living in the Spirit – we are ALL spiritual losers and that there is also no hope for the proud).   At that point you can leave Loserville, and work hard to put your marriage on the right track…since it never was on the right track.  If you’ve already passed the point of no return (divorced and at least one has remarried), then Jesus still offers forgiveness to you and you can take comfort in Romans 8:1, “There is therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” Of course there are harsh realities that cannot be undone but with God there is comfort and a new day…think King David.

Category 2:  Passives.  If wife is happy than it is all good, and I’ll put up with whatever.  These guys are the guys where all but the few Category 4 guys and the wives who have it together think, “He’s a nice guy.  Look at all the nice things he does for his wife.”  But if you look a little closer you will notice that is about all he is.  He is a yes man.  Or should I say a, “yes maam” boy.  He will do anything to make his wife happy regardless of how wrong she is or how bad of an idea it is or how much debt there is or who else has to get stepped on in the process – as long as she is happy.  He really does care about her so he will cajole and console, but rarely if ever will he say, “No, honey. I hate to tell you this, but you are wrong.”  When he does it usually isn’t over anything that matters – just little stuff – so he can maintain his illusion of being more than a little boy in an adult body.  Most Christian men fall into this category so please think a little more before you just pass over it with, “Hey that’s kinda funny,” and “I’m glad it isn’t me thoughts.”  I hardly know any good men who will say they’ve never had a stay in Passiveville.  The decision you have to make is whether to be a reluctant visitor in moments of failure or a willing long-term resident.

If you are a category 2 guy, then man you really need to go to Jesus and ask for forgiveness and help.  Then you need to go to your wife and apologize at which point you will need to tell her that things are going to change and she might not like what some of that process looks like.  She may look at you like your crazy because she is going to need to SEE IT in your life.  Rhetoric is not going to save the day.  You will need to be humble.  We are not looking to trade pansies for brutes.  At this point you really need to find a category 4 guy to hang out with – SOMEBODY WHO IN LOVE WILL PUT THEIR FINGER IN YOUR CHEST AND TELL YOU WHAT IS UP!  A category 4 guy can be your best earthly ally in this deal – hey he knows what it takes and you can ask his wife to verify the results.

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:7-10).

Next up – Category 3: Brutes and Category 4: godly men

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Unfortunately this series did not begin getting recorded until Romans chapter 2 verse 17.  Below are all the audio messages from that point to Romans 4:8.  If you only have the time to listen to one I would recommend Romans 3:21-26.  I also recognize that listening to me speak can be brutal at times (some parts just aren’t very good)….so I won’t be offended if you skip through parts.  But God in His grace can still use some of the content here for His glory and that is my hope.
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The failure of those who were given the law to keep the law Romans 2:17-3:8 dcf-podcast-romans-2-verse-17-3-verse-8 (31 minutes)
All are under sin Romans 3:9-22 dcf-podcast-romans-3-verses-9-22 (41 minutes)


God’s salvation for humans is by grace through faith Romans 3:21-26 dcf-podcast-romans-3-verses-21-26 (24 minutes)


What do we have to brag about Romans 3:27-4:8 dcf-podcast-romans-3-verse-27-4-verse-8 (40 minutes)

The following message was recorded by downtown community fellowship of Athens, GA.
The text is Romans 3:27-4:8
What do we have to brag about?  Abraham and David tell us the answer.

Audio Message – approx. 40 minutes.  dcf-podcast-romans-3-part-3

Below are the notes for Romans 3:9-12.  It is Part 1 of our notes on Romans 3:9-22.

I.  All are under sin (3:9)
Paul reminds his audience that regardless of what special exemption a person thinks he may have all are under sin because all have sinned.  Neither your race nor your self-righteousness can help you.

A.  Proof from OT Scriptures (Psalm 14:1-3, Psalm 53:1-3, Eccl 7:20)

  1. There is none righteous, no, not one (3:10)
    No person can say that he is the exemption to the rule.  Of course Paul is not including Jesus here.  Jesus is the God-Man and is not in this class of all sinners as we are.
  2. There is none who seeks after God (3:10)
    What does this mean?  Do not some seek after God? In fact multiple times in Scripture people are instructed to seek God.  See the following references, (Deut. 4:29, I Chron. 22:19, I Chron. 28:8-9, 7x in the book of II Chronicles, 4 times in Ezra, at least 4 times in the Psalms, Isaiah 58:2, Hebrews 11:6; Seek the Kingdom of God – Matthew 6:33, Luke 12:31,).  Yet this verse which is also repeated in the Scriptures states that, “there is none who seeks after God.”

    There are three basic approaches people have when they come to an apparent contradiction in the Bible such as this one. The first is to throw one’s hands in the air and say, “This is beyond me and something I am not supposed to know.”  The second is to just pick which concept you like better, focus on those verses and ignore the others.  The third option is to dig deeper, and it is by far the best way to go.

    I believe here the Apostle Paul is using this phrase in the sense that people do not initiate love for the True and Living God on their own.  God has to reveal at least a base understanding to them through revelation: nature, their conscience, and/or Scripture.  Then the individual can seek God by faith.  We see this time and again in the Scriptures with Abraham as the primary example we will be studying in Romans.  He was called out by God and then responded in faith.  Our understanding of this concept is set in stone by I John 4:19, “We love Him because He first loved us.” So the Apostle Paul is setting out the truth that the Good News about God and salvation are from God.  We did not come up with the idea – God did!

  3. They have all turned aside and become unprofitable (3:12)
    We all are self-centered when we are apart from God, when we are not walking in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Even the religious who appear pious are full of pride, and before God their religion becomes unprofitable.
  4. There is no one who does good, no not one (3:12)
    Not one person is self-sufficient for their own righteousness.  Because there are not scales before God to weigh a person’s good versus bad, one act of sin negates any good a person has done.  We all stand before God as guilty people.

romans-3-part-2 click for sermon audio.  Recorded Sunday Feb. 15, 2009 during downtown community fellowship worship service.

Outline of Romans 3:9-22 (Conclusion of Section One: All have sinned and are accountable to God, Transition to God’s Salvation made available through faith.)

I.   All are under sin (3:9)

A.  Proof from OT Scriptures (Psalm 14:1-3, Psalm 53:1-3, Eccl. 7:20)

  1. There is none righteous, no, not one (3:10)
  2. There is none who seeks after God? (3:10)
  3. They have all turned aside and become unprofitable (3:12)
  4. There is no one who does good, no not one (3:12)

B.   Proof from OT Scriptures Continued

  1. Poisoned Lips (3:13) Psalm 5:9
  2. Mouth full of cursing and bitterness (3:14) Psalm 10:7
  3. Quick to kill, destruction and misery are in their ways (3:15-17) Isaiah 59:7-8
  4. Way of peace they have not known
  5. There is no fear of God before their eyes (3:18) Psalm 36:1

II.  What the law does (3:19-20)

  1. Condemns those under the law
  2. By it every mouth is stopped
  3. Gives guilt to the whole world before God
  4. The law cannot justify man before God
  5. The law gives knowledge of sin (informs man he is lost)

III.  The Righteousness of God is available (3:19-22)

A.  Apart from the Law

B.  Witnessed by:

  1. The Law
  2. Prophets

C.  Through Jesus Christ

Romans 2:17-3:8 – Part 4

Romans 3:1-8, “What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision? 2 Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God. 3 For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? 4 Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written:

‘That You may be justified in Your words,
And may overcome when You are judged.’

5 But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unjust who inflicts wrath? (I speak as a man.) 6 Certainly not! For then how will God judge the world?
7 For if the truth of God has increased through my lie to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? 8 And why not say, ‘Let us do evil that good may come?—as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just.”

Romans 2:17-3:8 – Part 4

The Apostle Paul has laid out the guilt of his own people as part of his theme that all people are guilty before a Holy God.  Here he wants to make clear that though all people are guilty before God and in danger of God’ wrath, that there is an advantage to being a Jew.

I find it fascinating that he states, “Much in every way!” And then he states only one thing, “To them were committed the oracles of God.”  All other blessings were summed up in the fact that God spoke to them.  What a privilege they had, and we should all be so thankful because regardless of whether you are a Jew or Gentile you now have access to the Word of God because of them.

Paul then goes on to state that though some Jews did not believe it did not negate the faithfulness of God but rather amplified it.  Some twisted people in their minds then wanted to use this fact as an excuse and a way to call God unfair for judging them.  “For if the truth of God has increased through my lie to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner?”  Paul is rightfully angry that others have claimed he has taught this heresy.  Later in the book Paul will handle this way of thinking in more detail, but for now he just wants to lay this out as perverse thinking and that those who think this way deserve the condemnation they will receive.

The primary lesson here is that people are always looking for excuses for why they should not be judged.  However, the only correct response is to admit our guilt and seek forgiveness from a Loving, Holy, and Just God, through Jesus Christ who paid for our sins at the cross.

We should also note that anyone who claims to be a follower of Jesus and has anti-semitic tendencies or is blatantly anti-semitic needs to seriously reevaluate what they believe.  For they are in serious error on many levels.

Romans 2:17-3:8 – Part 3

Romans 2:25-29, “For circumcision is indeed profitable if you keep the law; but if you are a breaker of the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. 26 Therefore, if an uncircumcised man keeps the righteous requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision be counted as circumcision? 27 And will not the physically uncircumcised, if he fulfills the law, judge you who, even with your written code and circumcision, are a transgressor of the law? 28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; 29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.”

Circumcision in the Bible is something many people do not understand the importance of.  Since it is spoken of frequently in the Old and New Testaments it is necessary to come to working knowledge of its importance and implications. Circumcision was the sign of a covenant between God and His people.  God first gave this sign of covenant promise to Abraham.  You can read about it in Genesis 17.  It is something that has been generally kept through history by the Jewish people as a sign of the covenant and gives them comfort of having a special relationship with God.

The Apostle Paul was a circumcised Jew.  In this passage, he brings an accusation against his people.  The accusation is that many were only Jews physically by circumcision, but they were not Jews inwardly.  The reason is that they did not keep the law’s requirements.  He goes even farther by stating that Gentiles who kept the law were more Jewish than Jews who did not keep the law.  God is more concerned about what is inside of a human than his outward appearance.  Paul’s language here is much stronger in the Greek than it comes across in English.  When he says “your circumcision has become uncircumcision” it really reads, “your circumcision has become “foreskin”.  You can imagine the shock this would have been to some of his readers who assumed they were acceptable to God based in large part on their circumcision.

Verse 29 is very important.  Unfortunately most translations give the word “spirit” a capital “S”.  The Greek word is the same for “Spirit” or “spirit”.  I believe Paul is talking about the “spirit of the law” here not the Holy Spirit. Instead of being focused on the minor details and man-made additions to the law, the people should have been focused on the heart of the law (See Mark 7:1-23). Paul is stating that regardless of whether a person is by birth and circumcision a Jew or Gentile, that by having a circumcised heart a person is a “Jew”.  The word “Jew” comes from the word “Judah”, which means, “praise”.   So we observe Paul is using a play on words in the last phrase, “Such a man’s praise is not from men, but from God.”

This passage should cause us to ask two important questions:

How can I have a circumcised heart before God? We will answer this fully in coming posts.
Am I concerned about receiving man’s praise or God’s praise?

Romans 2:17-3:8 – Part 2

Romans 2:24. “As it is written: ‘God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.’” (The previous post provides the needed foundation for this one, please read it first.)

The results of people claiming to know God and yet living apart from God are devastating. As the Apostle Paul states here the name of God is then blasphemed.  Looking through the Old Testament we can easily see how the Gentiles would often be persuaded that God’s own people did not follow Yahweh.  So why should they in turn have faith in Him?

I believe there is a powerful lesson here for the church. I have had many experiences where people will tell me that they like Jesus just fine but cannot stand the church.  Many people who say this are using their dislike for the church as a smokescreen.  In reality many have not and do not want to come to grips with the teachings of Jesus and the reality of their own spiritual failings.  But for others, “the church” has become a huge stumbling block that has kept them from Jesus.

Since the word church means so many different things to so many different people let me break this down into a few categories to make it easier to talk about:

Big Picture:

  • the Universal Church: all true believers in Jesus all over the world, the bride of Christ*
  • the false church: people who think or claim they are part of the Universal church but are not

Local Picture:

  • Beautiful: churches that are made up primarily of true believers who are following Jesus and being a light to the people around them.
  • False: churches that are made up primarily of unbelievers (false teaching and sinful living abound)
  • Worldly: churches with mostly believers in Jesus but who have their hearts set on things of the world

These last two categories of local churches hinder people from coming to know Jesus as Savior and Lord.  We must take care both on a communal and personal level that we live in a way that causes people to “praise our Father in heaven.”  Jesus gave us this standard for conduct and purpose, and we must consistently evaluate our lives in relation to this.

It is interesting to note that the Apostle Paul uses the singular Greek word for “you” in Romans 2:17-24.  So the individual Jew was instructed not to just look at the whole community but to examine his own life. For our application, it is not enough to say, “Oh the church does this or that, isn’t that bad!?.”  No, each person who claims to be a follower of Jesus must on a regular basis look inwardly and evaluate whether he/she is giving light to others to see Jesus or hindering others from seeing the Light.

*  Many people have problems with the church because they do not realize a couple of things:

  1. If you are a true believer you are part of the church, you cannot say that you don’t want to be a part of it because you already are.  The question is whether you will be a good participant by being actively involved and committed in a local church or be willfully disobedient to God and try to do a lone ranger thing, or do the church hopper thing, or do the, “I’ll participate when I feel like it thing”.
  2. For someone to say that they love Jesus but can’t stand the church is like someone saying to me that he wants to be my best friend but then says all sorts of terrible things about my wife.  After picking him up off the floor, I would gently explain that it does not work like that, since my wife and I are now one flesh, to trash my wife is to trash me .  Be careful what you say about the true bride of Christ, she has a very protective Man.  Now as part of the true bride of Christ I do believe it is perfectly fine to do the following:
  • to distinguish ourselves from the false church who says she is the Bride of Christ when she is not.  Primarily this distinguishing should happen by conduct and when necessary by word.
  • to correct ourselves by calling ourselves out when we are doing things we should not, or when we have a terrible attitude.  When symbolically our make up is whack, or when we are wearing an ugly dress, we need to repent and get back on track.  We want to bring honor to the Bridegroom Jesus.  He plays a huge role in the beautification of His church, and for this we should be very thankful (Ephesians 5:25-27).

What is your perspective of church?  Does your view line up with the New Testament teaching on the subject or has your understanding been made cloudy by a lack of studying the subject and poor models?

Romans 2:17-3:8 (Part 1)

In this section of Romans, the Apostle Paul turns his attention from the Gentiles and moralists to his own people, the Jews.  We can see so far in the book that Paul is building his case that all are sinners.  He begins with the most obvious sinners in the world and now focuses on those who are religiously pious.

According to Paul,  if any people had a right to be confident in their religion it would be the Jews.  Notice Romans 2:17-20:

Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and brag about your relationship to God; if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law; if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth—”

Surely as God’s chosen people they had a right to be confident, they had the Scriptures and could look back through history to see God’s special favor on them.  They viewed themselves as the ones able to give others instruction on how to live and be right with God.  Yet we will see the frightful reality that religion without true relationship with God through faith will ring hollow when it counts the most.

Are you trusting in your traditions or your religious expression to justify you before the Holy God?  If so, you may want to keep reading as the Apostle Paul is about to shake their world with huge wake up call.

Romans 2:21-23 , “You, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who brag about the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?”

Here we see they hypocritical nature of most religious people.  They have a list of laws with a “do as I say not as I do,” mentality.  Most of them were self-deluded into thinking that they were doing things the right way.  By dishonoring God in this way, they accomplished the opposite of what we are made for.

Outline of Romans 2:17-3:8
I.  The failure of Jews to keep the law condemns them

A.  The Jews view of themselves (2:17-20)

  1. Called a Jew
  2. Rest on the Law
  3. Boast in God
  4. Know His will
  5. Approve the things that are excellent
  6. Instructed by the Law
  7. Are confident that you yourself are:
  • a guide to the blind
  • a light to those in darkness
  • an instructor of the foolish
  • a teacher of babes

8.  having form of knowledge and truth in the law

B.  The Jews proven to be failures in all of the above (2:21-24)

  1. Failure to teach oneself what he has taught another (21-23) 
(do as I say not as I do) examples:
  • stealing
  • adultery (as Jesus taught about lust in the heart)
  • illegitimate gain off of religion
  • dishonor God by breaking the law

2.  Result of Jewish failure among Gentiles (24)

  • name of God is blasphemed among them
  • what lesson should the church learn from this?

C.  True circumcision and its true value (2:25)

  1. It is profitable if you keep the law
  2. It is negated if you do not keep the law
  3. If an uncircumcised person (Gentile) keeps the law then it is as if he was circumcised
  4. A physically uncircumcised person who has a circumcised heart will judge the lawbreaker who is circumcised and has the law.
  5. A true Jew is one in heart – in the Spirit of the law, not the letter.  (They had become overly concerned about minor details and therefore missed the point of the major teachings.)

D.  Is there any real advantage to physically being a Jew?  (Romans 3:1-8)

  1. to them were committed the oracles of God. (3:2)
  2. God’s faithfulness to them as a people is a testimony of God’s grace (3:3-4)
  • a.  despite their failures
  • b.  Jewish unrighteousness demonstrates righteousness of God

E.  Is God unjust in inflicting wrath on them? (3:5-8)

  1. No, If God is unjust in judging the Jew then it would be impossible to judge the Gentile (for he has not had the same advantages).
  2. If God’s glory is raised up in contrast to man’s sin, then why not sin more so that God can be more glorified?  And therefore, why would I be judged as a sinner?
  3. It was slanderously reported that Paul and others taught this false doctrine.  Paul states that those responsible for these lies are justly condemned.

I.  The judgment of God:
C. through Jesus Christ (Romans 2:12-16)

“All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, 15 since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.) 16 This will take place on the day when God will judge men’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.”

Hearing the law or not hearing the law (the Mosiac Law) does not make a person guilty of innocent. Judgment is according to how you have kept the law whether you have heard it or not.  Even though the Jews read the Mosaic Law as part of each synagogue service, they did not all live by it.  Even though Gentiles did not hear the Mosaic Law some of them lived by a higher standard…”their conscience bearing witness”.

God has given humans a conscience to help them discern right and wrong.  For everyone who listens to their conscience and does not suppress it will see himself as a sinner and ask God for help.  An honest person with a well functioning conscience will always see himself as guilty.  All people need to have their conscience cleared by coming to faith in Jesus (Heb. 9:14). “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Jesus Christ knows the intent of every heart whether right or wrong and He will judge according to Himself.

Lesson – Jesus is the righteous Judge and nothing is hidden from Him!

This brings us back to the question about those who have never heard about Jesus, yet attempt to please God.

First, we can be assured that God will do justly, But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

Options –

  1. they will be judged according to what they know and if worthy their faith will be accounted to them as righteousness (like Abraham).
  2. Someone will be sent to them to tell them the Gospel of Jesus (ex. Macedonian man in Acts 16:6-10), or God will reveal the truth of Jesus to them in some other way.

Lesson – Since this is not the normal course of events (because most humans suppress the knowledge of God in their hearts), God in His mercy has called us to go and preach the Good News about Jesus to all the people groups of the world.

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!

I.  The judgment of God (Romans 2:1-16)
A. according to truth (1-5)

Romans 2:1-5 “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. 2 Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3 So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? 4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?” 5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.

When the moralist sees the sin of others it should cause him to examine his own heart, see his own sins, and lead him to repentance. (Repentance:  making a 180 degree turn from self-justification to faith in Jesus Christ; turning from sin with godly sorrow to Jesus as Savior and Lord) Instead he sees only the sins of his neighbors, friends, business associates, and government.  The moralist has deceived himself into thinking he will escape the judgment of God while others will be punished.  He does not realize that the stubbornness of his heart will bring God’s wrath.

Example: Suzy hears about how Jessica has talked about her behind her back, and she is livid.  Later that day she is talking with Laura and says, “Did you hear about Julie?…”  Suzy knows what she is doing is wrong because she has already judged the same sin in Jessica, yet through the hardness of her heart she thinks she is a moral and good person who has nothing to fear from God.

Lesson: Our first and foremost concern about sin should be our own sin!

A special thanks to all who participated in the contest.  It was tough to decide on a winner.  So here is what I decided:

2 first place winners:  John F. and Kayla M. (both will receive $25 gift certificates)

2 second place winners:  Melissa P. and Matt V. (both will receive $10 gift certificates)

If you want to see how you would have done read the previous post and give it a shot before reading the rest of this post.

Here are all 8 ways God judges according to Romans 2:1-16:

1. As one judges another (verse 1)
2. According to truth (verse 2)
3. According to righteousness (verse 5)
4. According to a person’s deeds (verse 6)
5. Without favoritism  (verse 11)
6. According to the law
The Jews & the written law (verses 12b, 13) (but all fail but One)
7. According to law
The Gentiles & the law within (verses 12a, 14)
The work of the law in their hearts in conjunction with conscience 15
8. Through Jesus Christ (verse 16)

Here is the outline for Romans 2:1-16

Outline of Romans 2:1-16:

I.  The Judgment of God:

A.  According to truth (2:1-5)

B.  Without favoritism (2:6-11)

C.  Through Jesus Christ (2:12-16)

Here we have the three main categories of how God judges; however if you look closely in the 16 verses you will find 8.  Be the first to reply in the comment section with the other 5, and I’ll give you a $25 gift certificate from restaurant.com! Sorry dad, you are not eligible since you emailed me the list to begin with! 🙂

Check back for the notes tomorrow!

Romans 2:1, “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. 2Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? 4Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?

5But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6God “will give to each person according to what he has done.”[a]7To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11For God does not show favoritism.

12All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 14(Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, 15since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.) 16This will take place on the day when God will judge men’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.”

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