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Practice always outweighs profession as a test of true faith
1 John 1:6
God has no fellowship with darkness
1 John 1:5
John's motivation - his joy, fulfilled through his audience's mutual participation in their fellowship with God and Christ
1 John 1:4
Severed fellowship restored through credible, first-hand prophetic and apostolic witness
1 John 1:3
The Word of Life manifested, witnessed, and proclaimed.
1 John 1:2
Diagramming through the book of 1 John
Diagramming Index for 1 John
The Word of Life fully revealed to the Apostles
1 John 1:1
God acted for His own glory, not for our glory. We benefit, because God wanted to put the riches of His grace on display.
Ephesians 2:1-10
Who is there that does good?
Romans 2:9-10
Wrath and indignation to those who persevere in obeying unrighteousness
Romans 2:8
Eternal life to those who persevere in doing good
Romans 2:7
The just and righteous Judge, rendering just and righteous judgment
Romans 2:6
Why we shouldn't skip the bad news
Romans 2:5
The sin of presuming on God's mercy and grace
Romans 2:4
No one can escape the judgment of God, and everyone stands guilty before Him
Romans 2:3
And we know these things!
Romans 2:2
Paul's Critique of Jewish Presumption
Romans 2:1-5
Those who give hearty approval to sinners
Romans 1:32
The unregenerate Gentiles - inventors of evil
Romans 1:29-31
Train up a child in the way he should go, and he will not depart from it.
Romans 1:29-31
Romans 1:28-31 - Paul's list of "social ills" - haters of God
Romans 1:29-31
God's abandonment to a depraved mind.
Romans 1:28
The men who suppress and reject God's revealed truth.
Romans 1:27
God's judgment on man's rejection of His revealed truth
Romans 1:26
Paul thanks God for Timothy's sincere faith.
2 Timothy 1:3-5
God's grace, mercy, and peace to Paul's beloved son Timothy.
2 Timothy 1:1-2
"The underlying emphasis of the book of Romans is that salvation produces total transformation." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 7:4-5
"If a criminal dies, he is no longer subject to prosecution and punishment, no matter how numerous and heinous his crimes may have been."
Romans 7:1-3
"In chapter 7 Paul expounds the second truth in verse 6:14, that believers are now under grace." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 7:1-6
"Only the Son of God could have paid the cost of salvation. But He calls His followers to pay the cost of discipleship" ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:23
"Without exception, every person who trusts in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is freed from sin and enslaved to God." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:20-22
"God delivers men from enslavement to sin for the sole purpose of their becoming enslaved to Him and to His righteousness." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:19
"After genuine salvation a person will have the innate, Spirit-led desire to know and to obey God's truth." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:17-18
"The unsaved person is not free to do good or evil as he chooses. He is bound and enslaved to sin, and the only thing he can do is sin."
Romans 6:16
"A life that gives no evidence of moral and spiritual transformation gives no evidence of salvation." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:15
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Romans 2:1
Self-condemnation - judging others while practicing the same things
Published September 2nd, 2020; Updated September 2nd, 2020
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Romans 2:1
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Romans 2:1
The Impartiality of God 2 1 Therefore you have a no excuse, 1 b everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which c you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.
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i. Critique of Jewish Presumption (2:1-5)
you have no excuse,
everyone of you
who passes judgment,
for ... you condemn yourself;
in that which you judge another,
for you ... practice the same things.
who judge
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The audience of 1:18-32 was twofold, but with a specific focus - it included everyone, even the unbelieving Jew, but the focus was more on the unbelieving Gentile. I believe the audience of the first part of chapter 2 is also twofold - it includes everyone but has a special focus on the unbelieving Jew. By the very act of judging others, these people show that they have knowledge of God's ordinances, which includes the gentiles as Paul showed in v. 1:18-32, but definitely includes the Jews who had special revelation. The "therefore" that Paul starts with could point back to many arguments in Romans 1:18-32, but I believe it is pointing back to what he just said in the verse before this one, Rom 1:32 - that those who who "know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death" in this case, includes all of the unbelieving Gentiles, but definitely includes all of the Jews, and because they know this, yet commit the very same sins as those previously described, while judging the unbelieving Gentiles, condemn themselves. The Jews were outwardly moral. They did not commit such obviously sinful acts like homosexuality, at least not publicly and overtly, but they easily condemned the Gentiles who did. Paul's focus might then more be on the sins listed in Rom 1:29-31 - greed, envy, strife, gossiping, slandering, arrogance, boastfulness, etc. While having these sins in their hearts, we can imagine Paul thinking in the same lines as the parable of the Pharisee, looking down at the tax collector, saying "God, I thank you that I am not like other people..." (Luke 18:9-14). Once gain, as professing Christians, do we as a "Christian nation" not do the same? "Thank you God, that I am not like this child molester!" While I gossip about my neighbor and slander him without a second thought. "Thank you God, that I am not like this murderer!" While I just got angry at the taxi driver who cut me off and cursed at him with language that a pirate would be proud of. "Thank you God, that I am not like this man who cheated on his wife with a prostitute!" While I indulge in porn twice a week or more. What did Jesus say? "I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart" (Matt 5:27-28). "I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell" (Matt 5:22). We know the ordinances of God - that those who practice such things are worthy of death - yet we judge, while practicing the same things, and in doing so, we condemn ourselves. We have no excuse. And the fact that we were baptized as a child, go to church every Sunday, and partake in communion once a month will not save us. The fact that we call ourselves "Christian" will not save us. Matthew 7:22-23 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’
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