God shows us that following the path of our sinful nature leads to types of sin that deserve His wrath. In Romans 2, we see the focus shifted to those who self-righteously and hardheartedly judge others in an attempt to justify themselves. God will deal with this and will show us the right and just thing to do.
Romans: The Glory of the Gospel Part 6
Just Judgment – Romans 2:1-11
Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – Oct. 1st, 2017
- We have seen the good news of the Gospel, along with the bad news of our condition from the first book of Romans. We have seen both the righteousness and the wrath of God.
- None of us has an excuse before God – His invisible qualities of eternal power and a divine nature have been clearly seen through what He has created. God lays out His case, communicating through Paul the condition and consequence of our unrighteous hearts, which leads to all forms of depravity. He rightly and righteously condemns these things in His wrath, progressively revealed and fully poured out in the final judgment.
- In the first chapter, we see the downward descent of our depravity ending with a list of all kinds of unrighteous expressions and activities that are worthy of the wrath of God.
- Then, in the next chapter, the double edge sword swings the other direction toward those who self-righteously judge other people.
Rom 2:1-11 ESV
Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. 2 We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who do such things. 3 Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.
The condemning of the condemned
- You judge others (make yourself the judge)
- For the same things that you are guilty of (hypocrisy)
- God is the only one who can rightly judge
- Our hearts are hard toward those whose hearts are hard
- We, too, will be recipients of the wrath of God because of our hard and unrepentant hearts
The kindness of the king
- Do you want people to be condemned? Or do you want them to repent? God does not want them to be condemned, but truly wants them to repent, showing His kindness, forbearance, and patience. Kindness leads people to repentance – not condemnation.
- If you have a hard heart toward them, it will justify their own hardness toward you. We have to show them a better way. We must respond with a different spirit: kindness, patience and forbearance.
- The day of wrath will come when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. But until then, there is still time for people to repent. We are to respond as God does: with kindness, forbearance and patience.
6 He will render to each one according to his works: 7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life;
The reward of the righteous
- In this life, it seems like no good deed will go unpunished. However, the truth is that every good deed will be rewarded.
- Do you seek glory, honor and immortality? Then patiently continue to do good. Persevere in doing good. Always. No matter what. Never harm your neighbor. Knowing, and trusting in the promises of God with faith, there will be a reward at the end. (This is called Christian hedonism.)
- What we do reveals who we are. It is what we do, not what we intend, that is measured and matters in the end. Our good works are not the basis of our salvation, but the evidence that we are saved. “He will render to each one according to his works” not “He will render to each one on the basis of his works.”
8 but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. 9 There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For God shows no partiality.
The damnation of the disobedient
- Those who are self-seeking . . . those who do not obey the truth . . . those who obey unrighteousness . . . there will be wrath, fury, tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil. No one will be exempt on the day of judgment. (To the Jew first and also the Greek.) There is a heaven and there is a hell.
- Glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good (not just passively don’t join in evil – but intentionally does good).
- God shows no partiality – he is an impartial judge. He is not going to give anyone the benefit of the doubt, but will make a judgment based on the evidence. There will be no fooling or misguiding him . . . his judgment is just . . . and you will not “get off” because of your likability, your references or your million-dollar law firm).
- Recognize that we all deserve condemnation.
- Respond to others with kindness, patience and goodness with a “soft heart.”
- Resolve to seek glory, honor and immortality by doing good.
- Remember God will render a just judgment in the end without partiality.
Questions for the week ahead:
- Do you have a “hard heart” toward anyone or group of people? Ask God to help you repent and give you His heart toward that person or those people.
- Are you seeking “glory, honor and immortality?” Then continue to do good and trust God the impartial judge.