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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
Self-condemnation - judging others while practicing the same things
Romans 2:1
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 2:2
And we know these things!
Published September 3rd, 2020; Updated September 3rd, 2020
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Romans 2:2 - And we know these things!
Romans 2:2 NASB
Romans 2:2
2 And we know that the judgment of God 1 rightly falls upon those who practice such things.
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Romans 2:2
i. Critique of Jewish Presumption (2:1-5)
And we know
that the judgment of God ... falls upon those
who practice such things.
Romans 2:2 - And we know these things!
In this verse, Paul is setting up the argument he is putting toward the self-righteous Jew. We can make a few observations - a) There is judgment that comes from God. This is contrary to the false statements made by those who would shape God into an idol of their own design. "God is only loving and forgiving!" The Bible makes abundantly clear that God is love, and He does forgive, but He is also a God of judgment and wrath. The whole section of Rom 1:18-3:20 is primarily about God's wrath on all of mankind. b) God's judgment falls RIGHTLY. It is justified. It is earned. God's judgment of mankind is not wrong or evil. Many today would see the God of the Bible as an evil and unfair bully who unjustly punishes us for small, insignificant little transgressions. So they reshape Him into a god that will suit their chosen sinful lifestyle. c) God's justified judgment falls on "those who practice such things." It is not that a Christian will never sin. But he will not be a "practitioner of sin." A real Christian might sin, feel godly sorrow over it (2 Cor 7:9-11) that leads to repentance, confess it before God who "is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9), and He can do this, because "we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous" (1 John 2:1). This person will then go on and "work out his own salvation with fear and trembling" (Phi 2:12). He will fear God's wrath and judgment and because the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, he will do everything in his power not to fall into that sin again. He does this, because "it is God who is at work in him, both to will and to work for His good pleasure," and as John says, he does this because "no one who is born of God practices sin, because His Seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." (1 John 3:9). Paul's main point here is this - "we know." Who are "we"? The Jews. Why do they know? Because they have God's special revelation as seen in the whole Old Testament that tells them these things. Paul and his Jewish audience would agree on this part. What the Jews would disagree with, is that "those who practice such things" includes them. They are not exempt from God's right judgment just because the are called "Jews," and they still have to be convinced of this truth. What does this mean for us? For South-African Christians? Do we not also, like the Jews of Paul's day, have God's special revelation? No, we have MORE special revelation than they had! We have not only the Old Testament, but the whole New Testament as well. In written form. In a personal bible that have all held in our hands at some point in our lives. On a phone app that we can all download and read. In audio book format that we can all listen to. In downloadable sermons and video clips that we can all watch and listen to. In messages like this one that is sent to us by a friend who loves us enough to share the truth. Do we not also, like the Jews of Paul's day, think that we are exempt from God's right judgment, because we are called "Christian?" Do we not also, like the Jews of Paul's day, KNOW these things? Should we not also, like the Jews of Paul's day, heed the warning that Paul is about to give in the next verse, and listen intently to his words in the rest of this book? My friends, knowing something is both good and bad. Jesus said you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. But only if you choose the correct reaction to the truth. Knowing the truth, and ignoring it, actually makes you worse off than before. It makes you guilty. It makes you culpable. If you are a "practitioner of such things," of sins, you have not yet reacted to the truth in the correct way. And God is a righteous God who judges those who practice such things. 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 ...when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power
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