ROMANS 2:1-3<br />Charles E. Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher<br />Romans 2:1 Therefore you have (2SPAI) no excuse, (KJV= "
O man ) everyone * of you who passes judgment (PAPMSN) , for in that which you judge (2SPAI) another, you condemn (2SPAI) yourself; for you who judge (PAPMSN) practice (2SPAI) the same things. (NASB: Lockman)<br />Overview: Those who have checked out on God, have been a banned by God. <br />WHAT ABOUT THE BASIC GOOD MORAL FOLKS? <br /><ul><li>Those who agree with Paul’s statement in chapter one
Those who believe since they are moral people they believe they are Christians.
But is it true that they are all that moral, really?</li></ul>THERE IS THE KEY:<br />Many appear not to be idolatrous; they are the “professing Christian.” While they agree with Paul they cannot maintain this outward virtue system of value. They cannot restrain their own sinfulness, so they cover over their real darkness with light.<br />Many people believe they are moral enough to get to heaven<br />THE WHOLE BASIS OF THE CHRISTIAN GOSPEL:<br />In order to appreciate the force of the apostle’s reasoning in this and the following verses, it should be remembered that the principal ground on which the Jews expected to be accepted by God was the covenant which he had made with their father Abraham, in which he promised to be a God to Abraham and to his descendants after him. The Jews believed that this promise guaranteed salvation for all who retained their connection with Abraham through the observance of the law and the rite of circumcision. Therefore, they expected to be regarded and treated not so much as individuals, each dealt with according to his personal character, but as a community to whom salvation was assured by the promise made to Abraham. <br /><ul><li>Is only understood in so far as they understand that they stand guilty before God, whether they are listed in chapter one or not.
The Jews in Paul’s day believed they didn’t stand in judgment with God, they were exempt.
The Jews believed that God would wipe out the Gentiles but not them.
The Jews believed salvation by works. Legalism. Because they were a nation that kept traditions.
The Jews believed they were no consequences to their personal sins. They were under the covenant.
The moral, self-righteous people are the hardest people to reach.</li></ul>THERE ARE SIX REASONS FOR THE JUDGMENT OF GOD ON ALL MEN 1-16<br /><ul><li>Knowledge
Motive</li></ul>I have come to the reality that this Bible is in fact God’s very message to you and me. We’re not dealing with some second hand commentary on what God thinks. There is no panel of commentators who give us their opinion of God. But this is His own precious word and scripture claims that every word of God is pure and all scripture is giving so mankind will know the thinking and will of God. The word is for our maturity and growth.<br />WHAT HAVE WE BEEN LEARNING IN ROMANS?<br /><ul><li>Here is what we know: God has set a standard whereby He is going to judge the world. The question is:
2 Peter 3:72 Timothy 4:1Revelations 20:11-15Matthew 13:40-43</li></ul>THE REALITY IS THIS: All of us will face the reality of judgment. Therefore we should clearly understand this reality. The point is this:<br /><ul><li>If all of us are to face Jesus Christ in that hour, we need to know what is necessary to avoid that judgment.
Hebrews 9:27Hebrews 10:30-31</li></ul>HOW WILL WE BE JUDGED? WHAT IS THE STANDARD WHEREBY WE WILL BE JUDGED<br /><ul><li>On what basis will all of us be condemned and sent to Hell forever?
On what basis will all of us be sent to Heaven forever?</li></ul>SIX PRINCIPLES FOR DIVINE JUDGEMENT <br />1AKNOWLEDGE: vs. 1 On the basis of what you know.<br />2ATRUTH: vs. 2-3. On the basis of the truth, rather than on the surface delusion. Job 8:13; 36:13.<br />3AGUILT: vs. 4-5. All of us have been or are guilty of despising the goodness of God.<br /><ul><li>Romans 2:5 But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, (NASB: )</li></ul>4AACCORDING TO OUR ACTIONS: vs. 6-10<br />Romans 2:6 who WILL RENDER (3SFAI)TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS:<br />1AKNOWLEDGE: vs 1<br />Therefore (1352) (dio) is a term of conclusion could refer to what Paul has just said in the last half of Romans 1. the facts upon which Paul bases his conclusion ("
you are without excuse"
) follow instead of precede the "
. <br />The Jews knew the truth.<br />“O MAN.” Any man, any moralist, those who say I am not any of those in chapter one.<br />“INEXCUSABLE.” They had a more complete knowledge. <br />“THOU ART THEY JUDGEST.” If you know the standard whereby to judge then you know the standard.<br />For wherein thou judgest another, thou condemneth thyself for thou that judgest doest the same things:<br />Matthew 7:1-3 (15-20) The Lord says…..James 3:1 says… <br />You are doing the same things as you judge someone else<br />Matthew 5:21-32<br />What do you mean I have done these things.<br />Self righteous people make no mistakes.<br />They misunderstand the height of God’s law<br />They misunderstand the depth of their sin.<br />So, the logic of our Lord is clear and convincing. You who condemn others prove that you know the law. And in your knowledge of the law you condemn yourselves because you are doing the same things. The conscience that makes you aware of wrong in others, writes your own sentence. Pretty devastating, isn't it? To the self-righteous religious Jew and the moralist, He says you're just as bad as everybody else, you're just covering it up on the outside and God will judge on the basis of knowledge. <br />2ATRUTH: 2-3<br />Correspondence Between Paul and Seneca, A.D. 61-65 <br />Lucius Annaeus Seneca HYPERLINK "
http://www.imagi-nation.com/moonstruck/clsc50.html<br />Born in Spain in 4 BC, Lucius Annaeus Seneca was educated in Rome and became famous not only as a playwright, but as an orator and philosopher as well. He served as tutor to the young Nero, and when the boy became Emperor in 54 AD, he retained Seneca as his advisor. For several years, Seneca exerted a calming influence on the young emperor. After he retired in AD 62, however, he lost favor with his former pupil, and in AD 65, he was accused of conspiring against Nero and was forced to commit suicide. Seneca was perhaps best known, however, for his scenes of violence and horror.<br />http://growbylearning.comWHAT IS THE STANDARD FOR JUDGMENT<br />Pastor/Teacher Charles E. Whisnant<br />Rivers of Joy Baptist Church On April 11, 2010<br />I have come to the reality that this Bible is in fact God’s very message to you and me. We’re not dealing with some second hand commentary on what God thinks. There is no panel of commentators who give us their opinion of God. But this is His own precious word and scripture claims that every word of God is pure and all scripture is given so mankind will know the thinking and will of God. The word is for our maturity and growth.What have we been learning thus far in chapter two of Romans:<br />God will judge all men, you and me, and through Jesus Christ. That’s the Divine Plan:<br /><ul><li>31Because God hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man (Jesus) whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He (God) hath raised Him (Jesus) from the dead.” Acts 17
22For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: John 5
27And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. John 7
48He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. John 12</li></ul>SIX PRINCIPLES FOR DIVINE JUDGEMENT <br />1AKNOWLEDGE: vs. 1 If you know enough to judge someone else, then you khow enough to be held responsible for what you do. <br /><ul><li>Romans 2:1 Therefore you have (2SPAI) no excuse, (KJV= "O man ) everyone * of you who passes judgment (PAPMSN) , for in that which you judge (2SPAI) another, you condemn (2SPAI) yourself; for you who judge (PAPMSN) practice (2SPAI) the same things. </li></ul>2ATRUTH: vs. 2-3. Judgment will fit the facts. God has the books which keep a perfect record of the truth about us, words, thoughts, deeds are perfectly kept.<br /><ul><li>Romans 2:2 And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things
Romans 2:3 But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment) on those who practice) such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God? (NASB )</li></ul>3AGUILT: vs. 4-5. All of us have been or are guilty of despising the goodness of God.<br />4Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 5But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; kjv<br /><ul><li>Romans 2:4 Or do you think lightly (2PAI) of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads 3SPAI) you to repentance?
Romans 2:5 But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, (NASB: )</li></ul>By God’s goodness He has been leading us to repentance. But as Hosea 11:4, 7 says<br /><ul><li>4I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love:
7And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt him.</li></ul>Despisest: or Think lightly (2706) <br />To think, have understanding = mind, faculty of perceiving and judging, literally means to think down upon and so to despise, scorn, hold in contempt, not care for because it is thought to be without value. It means to "
think little of"
. The idea is to look down on someone or something with contempt or dislike, with the implication that one considers the object of little value or as unworthy of one’s notice or consideration. <br /><ul><li>Is present tense indicating that this contemptuous attitude is continuous and not just a one time thought. Active voice emphasizes that this attitude/action is a personal conscious, willful choice and thus they are fully accountable.</li></ul>Of The Riches 4149 <br />properly denotes abundance, plentitude, and literally is used to refer to material wealth or prosperity (abundance of earthly, temporal goods) which is the meaning in the parable of the seed and the soils (Matthew 13:22) Material riches are deceitful and choke out reception of the Word of God<br /><ul><li>Experiencing God’s benefits so very much every day.</li></ul>Of His Kindness or Goodness 5544<br /> Furnish what is needed, to providing that which one needs. This word includes the idea of so called “common grace” which speak of the benefits God bestows on all. And is kindliness which disposes God to do good. <br />Forbearance 463 or Tolerance <br />To be patient with in regard to errors or weaknesses = "
put up with"
) describes self-restraint, a holding back, a pause, a temporary cessation, a state of respite from something onerous or disagreeable. Forbearance refers to a refraining from the enforcement of something (as a debt, right, or obligation) that is due. <br />One who ignores all of God’s riches is acting in contempt<br />God could in a flash wipe out nations, cities, towns, homes, you or me. <br />GOD IS JUST GOOD YOU KNOW.<br />1Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually. Psalms 52:1; <br />5He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. Psalms 33:5; <br /> 9The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. Psalms 145:9;<br /> 8Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! Psalms 107:8<br />But the sad fact is most people don’t see God as GOOD. Most wonder how it is that God is so bad to good people. People will often say: “How can God allow this or that?”<br />LET ME TELL YOU THE ANSWER:<br />And Patience 3115<br />Is literally a “long-temper. Means patience with people, the ability to bear long in the face of disappointment and opposition. <br />God is longsuffering, putting up with provoking people or circumstances without retaliating. God's long suffering, as if His pouring out of His wrath was on a long fuse, burning slowly but giving time to escape. The "
in avenging wrongs demonstrates His goodness and forbearance—for long periods of time. <br /><ul><li>The goodness of God best is demonstrated when men sin, that man doesn’t fall down dead on the spot. God has the right to wipe out the human race when nations, people sin against Him.
God has been specially good to Israel, the pagan in Noah’s time,
God is extremely patient with us today, don’t you think?
The fact that His punishment does not immediately follow sin is not a proof of His powerlessness; it is a proof of His patience.
If you ever thought for one moment that God is unjust, it only reveals how easy it is to abuse the goodness of God.</li></ul>Lead You:71<br /><ul><li> Means to lead, lead along, bring, carry, to move or impel.
God calls to repentance by the gospel; God leads to repentance by His goodness.</li></ul>To Repentance 3341<br /><ul><li>Means to change one’s mind, which is associated with a corresponding change in behavior.
When you realize what you really deserve and how good God is, you would ever be thankful.
Implies a radical change in one's view of things (specifically a change of mind about sin), and in one's estimate of matters and a change in one's purposes, a change in one's thoughts and in one's conduct.
Is a change of mind that results in an action of the will. If a sinner honestly changes his mind about sin he will turn from it. If he sincerely changes his mind about Jesus Christ, he will turn to Him, trust Him, and be saved.</li></ul>Spurgeon describes repentance as follows...<br />A man may hate sin just as a murderer hates the gallows, but this does not prove repentance. If I hate sin because of the punishment, I have not repented of sin. I merely regret that God is just. But if I can see sin as an offense against Jesus Christ, and loathe myself because I have wounded Him, then I have a true brokenness of heart... What if I say that repentance is like the cry of a newborn babe, which indicates that the child is alive? That cry of "
God be merciful to me a sinner!"
(Luke 18:13) is as sure a sign of life as the song of cherubim before the throne...To hate sin because it caused the brow of Christ to be girt with the thorn crown, and the face of Christ to be dishonored with the spittle, and the hands of Christ to be pierced with the nail—this is repentance—not because I am afraid of hell, not because sin brings pains and penalties with it, but because it made Jesus Christ to suffer for me such pangs unutterable....Repentance and faith are like Siamese twins. If one is sick the other cannot be well, for they live but one life. If ever you are asked which comes first, repentance or faith, you may answer by another question: "
Which spoke of a wheel moves first when the wheel begins to move?”<br /> Spurgeon adds that <br />Repentance is not a preparation for looking to Christ. Do you not see that? The looking is put first, and the mourning after-wards. Yet you have said, "
We must mourn for sin, and then look to Christ to pardon it."
That is not God's order. There will never be a tear of acceptable repentance in your eye till you have first looked to Jesus Christ. If you weep for sin without fixing your gaze on Christ, you will have to weep again over your repentance, for it is itself another sin."
And again says "
We are to tell of the source of repentance, namely, that the Lord Jesus Christ is exalted on high to give repentance. Repentance is a plant that never grows on nature's dunghill. The nature must be changed, and repentance must be implanted by the Holy Spirit, or it will never flourish in our hearts. We preach repentance as a fruit of the Spirit, or else we greatly err.<br />“Most people never think like that you know. How about you? What do you think about the goodness of God? Has God’s goodness lead you to Repentance?” <br />Pastor Charles)<br />GETTING USE TO EXCHANGING GOD’S JUSTICE FOR MERCY<br />Romans 2:5<br />Charles E. Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher<br />April 25, 2010<br />Romans 2:5 But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, (NASB:<br />“BUT after thy hardness and impenitent heart, treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God: who will render to every man according to his deeds:”<br />People see themselves as deserving. “Well, I am not so bad!” They never are thankful for life. They just take it for granted and get the idea that they deserve it all anyway.<br />RESULT IN TODAY MODERN CHRISTIANITY: It’s all about self image, worth and value. How I look, how big my house is, the brand of car I drive, the cloths that I wear.<br />GOD’S POINT OF VIEW ABOUT US WOULD BE? Sinners.<br />Today salvation is viewed as “what can it do for me, and not how it effects God. <br />To many of us are indulging ourselves in God’s mercy<br />HOW DO WE SEE THE JUSTICES OF GOD?<br />Child dies? Wife/Husband dies? Sickness? Can’t find a job? Too many things are going wrong?<br />As a result we question God’s love, mercy and goodness. <br />MY QUESTION IS “HOW CAN PEOPLE QUESTION GOD’S GOODNESS” <br />TAKE A NOTE OF HOW GOD WORKED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT DAYS?<br />He turned Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt.<br />Told Abraham to burn up his son.<br />Send a bunch of snakes into the camp of Israel.<br />Fire kills hundreds in Elijah times.<br />35 sins in which God prescribed the death penalty.<br />We misunderstand the SIN principle. We don’t see what we do as sin against God. We don’t see SIN as a blow at God’s character, or misrepresentation to God’s image, or His intention for us. We don’t see it as insulting to God. <br />Originally all sin required death. But God been merciful, by the time of the Mosaic Law you have 35. <br />We have gotten so used to God’s mercy, and grace, getting away with our sins, not been punished, getting accustom to Grace, we have just abuse it. So when God does act in justice we believe He is unjust. <br />GOD DOES CHOOSE AT TIMES NOT TO BE MERCIFUL?<br />If God didn’t chose to act in justice, think how worse this world would really be like.<br />Truth of the matter is, more of God’s justice should be seen.<br />If there were no examples of the consequences of sin we would go one joyfully, plenteous trading on with a though on His mercy. We get use to exchanging God justice for mercy.<br />I Corinthians 10:11: “for our example.” <br />To build into our hearths an attitude of thanksgiving.<br />“Every day we live we should say “Thank you God for your mercy, and for overlooking my sin today, which should caused by death.”<br />Never allow the tolerate of insubordination, disobedient, that God does show us mercy.<br />Luke 13:1-5 The Jews of the first century believed that all suffering was due to God’s judgment on sin. This concept is shared by some Christians today when they ask, “Why do the righteous suffer? The Scripture teaches that God allows temporal disasters to happen for various reasons-one of which is to lead people to repentance. Why God Permits Accidents? One answer would be lead to repentance. <br />SO WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU KEEP ON BEEN STUBBORN ABOUT YOUR SINS?<br />God's wrath, though it come not on you yet, is like a stream that is dammed up. Every moment it gathers force. It bursts not the dike, yet every hour it is swelling it. Each moment of each day in which you remain an unbeliever you are treasuring up wrath against the day of wrath when the measure of your iniquity is full.<br />You are storing up divine fury that will be turned loose on that day of wrath. The Great White Throne of God.” And you keep trading on God’s mercy and you will feel the eternal damnation of God for ever in Hell. <br />So be grateful of God’s mercy today and come to God in a repented heart and turn to Christ. <br />Today if you sense the wind of God’s Spirit coming over you, today is the day of salvation.<br />