Thursday, June 27, 2019

Romans 2:6-11

Romans 2:6-11
Glory and Honor and Peace to Every Man that Lives For Eternity

Rom 2:6  Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
Rom 2:7  To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
Rom 2:8  But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
Rom 2:9  Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
Rom 2:10  But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
Rom 2:11  For there is no respect of persons with God.

  1. A Man’s Good Deeds Do Matter. – vs. 6*
    1. After Paul scathing rebuke of the self-righteous the natural response would be, does a man’s actions matter? Paul can hear the self-righteous coming back with the argument that Paul is teaching that God completely overlooks the actions of man and therefore condones evil. This is not true, while it may seem that Paul is contradicting himself, the truth is the Gospel changes lives. In fact, it changes lives more fundamentally than outward conformity, which is the real problem with the self-righteous.
                                                               i.      God does bless those that live a life of self sacrifice and self denial. This truth can be observed in all the various cultures and religions around the world. It truly is better to give than to receive. God’s moral law is universal and anyone that follows it will be rewarded.
1.      Psalm 119:1-4 
                                                             ii.      While a non-believer maybe blessed for outwardly following God’s law; a true believer will be change inwardly as well as outwardly. Otherwise we must be force to wonder if that person is truly saved.
1.      Romans 6:1-7  
  1. There is a Blessing to Those that Live for Eternity. – vs. 7*
    1. It is impossible to affect lasting change for good in this life if we are only living for the moment. All the great men and women of history lived for eternity whether they were Christian or not. God loves a noble heart. Those who do not believe in Christ will not be saved for eternity, but they will win glory and honor in this life.
                                                               i.      Jesus is truly the only way to be saved
1.      John 14:6 
                                                             ii.      There are many that may not know Christ perfectly, but who are aware of their need of a Redeemer. Job would be one of those people.
1.      Job 19:25-26 
  1. There is A Curse for Those that Reject God’s Moral Law. – vs. 8*
    1. Those that angrily reject the mercy of God will harden their hearts to love and grace and will fill their lives with wrath.
                                                               i.      Proverbs 1:28-33 
  1. God Judges Every Soul that Does Evil; the Jew First and then the Gentile. – vs. 9*
    1. This verse may seem odd at first, but in actuality it is very profound. God chastens His beloved, because He does not want to see them walk the path of darkness outline in chapter 1 of Romans. His judgment is a sign of His mercy. The self-righteous had misunderstood this principle and had therefore learned to hate God.
                                                               i.      Hebrews 12:5-7 
  1. God Blesses Those that Obey Him with Glory, Honor and Peace; the Jew First and Then the Gentile. – vs. 10*
    1. Romans 1:16 
  2. All Men Stand Equal Before a Judge that can See Into Their Hearts. – vs. 11*
    1. 1 Peter 1:17-19 

Romans 2: 6-11 "The Moralist Condemned, Part 2" - 3/31/2017

This is the passage for this week.

Romans 2:1-5 "The Moralist Condemned, Part 1" - 3/24/2017

These are great. Thank you so much Steven Lawson.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

When God Abandons a Nation (Romans 1:18-32)

Here is John Mac Arthur on the passage I am going to preach on Sunday morning. I found this helpful in my preparations.

Romans 2:1-5

Romans 2:1-5
A Stern Warning for the Self-Righteous

Rom 2:1  Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
Rom 2:2  But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
Rom 2:3  And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
Rom 2:4  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Rom 2:5  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;

  1. You are Inexcusable – vs. 1*
    1. Those that condemn others will be condemned themselves
                                                               i.      Matthew 7:1-5 
  1. Those that Condemn Others Will Have to Answer to God and His Judgment – vs. 2-3*
    1. James 4:11-12 
  2. To Judge Others is to Despise the Mercy of God – vs. 4*
    1. Do you hate the following? If not why do your actions say that you do?
                                                               i.      Ephesians 1:5-8; Exodus 34:6; 2 Peter 3:9 
  1. Because of Hardness of Our Hearts We Incur the Wrath of God – vs. 5*
    1. Zechariah 7:11-12; Hebrews 3:12-15 
  2. Even We Believers Must Daily Deny Our Self Through Humble Repentance
    1. Christians need to continually repent of our sin and come back into the loving arms of God. Least we experience the chastisement of God because of the hardness of our hearts. James gives us an outline for repentance.
                                                               i.      Receive grace
1.      James 4:6 
                                                             ii.      Submit to God
1.      James 4:7 
                                                            iii.      Draw nigh to God
1.      James 4:8 
                                                           iv.      Be sorry for your sin
1.      James 4:9 
                                                             v.      Humble yourself
1.      James 4:10 
                                                           vi.      Receive grace
1.      James 4:6 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Romans 1:21-32

Romans 1:21-32
The Descent into Madness

Rom 1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Rom 1:22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Rom 1:23  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Rom 1:24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Rom 1:25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Rom 1:26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Rom 1:27  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Rom 1:28  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Rom 1:29  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Rom 1:30  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Rom 1:31  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Rom 1:32  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

  1. When Man Rejects God’s Purpose for Him He is Left with the Consequences of His Self Destructive Nature. – vs. 21a*
    1. What is the chief end of man?
                                                               i.      To Glorify God – 1 Corinthians 10:31 
                                                             ii.      To Enjoy God - Psalm 73:25-26 
  1. Ungrateful for the Gifts that He Has Been Given, Man Rejects God and His Debate Becomes Meaningless.  – vs. 21b* - Isaiah 47:10 
  2. Because Man’s Debate is Meaningless, He Becomes Blind to the Truth – vs. 21c*
    1. There are harsh consequences for rejecting God and His law – (Be sure to read all of Deut. 28 for a stern warning to a nation that walks away from God.) - Deuteronomy 28:29 
  3. Because Man is Blind to the Truth, He Begins to Believe He is All Knowing. – vs. 22* - 1 Corinthians 3:18-19 
  4. Because Man Believes He is All Knowing, Man Believes He Has the Right to Say Who is God  – vs. 23*
    1. First Man makes God to be like a man
                                                               i.      This is the development of secular humanism – from this belief sprung the totalitarian governments of the 20th century
    1. Second Man begins to worship the creation
                                                               i.      Disappointed by the horrendous behavior of man uncheck by law, Man turns to creation to find hope for the future and begins to worship it. - Psalm 135:15-18 
  1. Because Man Worships the Creation Over the Creator, He is Allowed by God to Destroy His Body With Lust. – vs. 24* - 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 
  2. Because Man Has Destroyed Himself with Lust, Man Rejects the True Truth of God for the Lie that Nature is All There is.  – vs. 25* - 1 Timothy 1:16-17 
  3. Because Man Believes in only “Survival of the Fittest,” He Oppresses the Weak and Abuses Women in Perverse Ways.   – vs. 26*
    1. Jesus treated women with love and respect: Mary Magdalene, the woman at the well, Mary and Martha
  4. Because Man is Unsatisfied With His Abuse of Women, Men begin to Lust after Other Men and Reject God’s Natural Law, of One Man and One Woman – vs. 27*
    1. Homosexuality is prohibited in the Old Testament along with many other sexual sins - Leviticus 18:20-22 
    2. Jesus used natural law define marriage - Mark 10:6-9 
    3. There is hope for homosexuals and we should love them as Christ loves them.  - 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 
  5. Because Man Has Rejected God, God Gives Them Over to a Reprobate Mind – vs. 28* - 2 Thessalonians 2:10-13 
  6. All Unrighteousness is Sin and We have all Committed it. – vs. 29-31*
    1. If this was a list with boxes to check if you have committed that sin, how many boxes would you have to check?
                                                               i.      Fornication, Wickedness, Covetousness, Maliciousness, Full of Envy, Murder, Debate (Over Argumentative), Deceit, Malignity (One with bad Character), Whisperers (A Person that gossips), Backbiters (A person that attacks the good name of others), Haters of God, Despiteful, Proud, Boasters, Inventors of evil things, Disobedient to Parents, Without Understanding, Covenant Breakers (People who do not keep their word of break their contracts), Without Natural Affection (Those who do not have affections that would be expected: like a mother for a child or a husband for his wife), Implacable (A Truce- Breaker), Unmerciful
  1. All Men are Guilty Before a Righteous Judge and are Worthy of Death – vs. 32*
    1. Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Romans 10:9-10 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Romans 1:18 Bible Study - Dr Steven J Lawson

This was a blessing

Romans 1:18-20

Romans 1:18-20
They Are Without Excuse

Rom 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Rom 1:19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Rom 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

  1. God’s Wrath is  Upon All Men – vs. 18a*
    1. All men have a sense of what is right and wrong. They know they have violated the laws of the Creator and they are deserving of punishment.
                                                               i.      A man may justify his actions but every man knows when he has been wronged because of the moral code written in his heart.
1.      Ecclesiastes 3:11 
2.      Romans 2:13-16 
  1. God’s Wrath is Upon Those Who Ignore and Repress the Truth – vs. 18b*
    1. Those that reject God are ignoring  their conscience and repressing the truth in their hearts
                                                               i.      Romans 1:28 
  1. God Reveals Himself to Every Individual – vs. 19*
    1. Paul is laying forth a teleological argument in order to prove two basic facts: 1) there is a Creator 2) you have angered Him
                                                               i.      This form of argument would have been very well understood by Greeks of the time as it originated with some of the greatest Greek Philosophers – Socrates, Aristotle and Plato (It has also been used by other great philosophers to defend the Creator; Thomas Aquinas being one of them)
    1. Paul had used this argument before in Athens (The Story of Mars Hill)
                                                               i.      Act 17:22-31 
  1. God Reveals His Trinitarian Nature Through His Glorious Creation – vs. 20a*
    1. Creation does not simply express the wrath or judgment of God. In it we find glimpses of His mercy as well. Nature reveals that God is both loving and just through its wonderful provision.
                                                               i.      When looking at creation, David muses this:
1.      Psalm 8:1-4 
                                                             ii.      In the New Testament we have the answer to David’s musings:
1.      Hebrews 2:5-10 
  1. Because of What God Has Revealed to the Heart of Every Man, All Are Without Excuse. – vs. 20b*
                                                               i.      Romans 2:1 
    1. So when Jesus says the following words it is absolute truth and absolute exclusivity
                                                               i.      John 14:6 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

"The righteousness of God is neither an attribute of God, not the changed character of the believer, but Christ Himself,

I missed reading this quote on Sunday. This is from John Bunyan. 

"The righteousness of God is neither an attribute of God, not the changed character of the believer, but Christ Himself, who fully met in our stead and behalf every demand of the law, and who is, but the act of God called imputation (Lev_25:50); (Jam_2:23); "made unto us . . righteousness" (1Co_1:30).

"The believer in Christ is now, by grace, shrouded under so complete and blessed a righteousness that the law from Mt. Sinai can find neither fault nor diminution therein. This is that which is called the righteousness of God by faith." -- Bunyan.

(2Co_5:21); (Rom_4:6); (Rom_10:4); (Phi_3:9); (Rom_3:26).

Signs Of Demonic Activity & Apostasy In Church | Paul Washer 2017

This is the video I mentioned in my sermon this other day.