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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
And we know these things!
Romans 2:2
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 2:3
No one can escape the judgment of God, and everyone stands guilty before Him
Published September 4th, 2020; Updated September 4th, 2020
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Romans 2:3
No one can escape the judgment of God, and everyone stands guilty before Him
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Romans 2:3
i. Critique of Jewish Presumption (2:1-5)
do you suppose this,
O man,
a) when you pass judgment on those
who practice such things
[b&] and
b) do the same yourself,
that you will escape the judgment
of God?
Romans 2:3 NASB
Romans 2:3
3 But do you suppose this, a O man, 1 when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God?
No one can escape the judgment of God, and everyone stands guilty before Him
Let's remember the audience Paul is addressing here. Paul started with the unbelieving Gentile who embraces their sin without shame. Then, without specifically naming the Jews, Paul moved on to the moral person who would stand in judgment over those sin-embracers. This would most definitely include the Jews, but could also be any person who claims that they are a "good person," not nearly as evil as those described in Romans 1. One of the main points that Paul is working up to, is that every single human being stands guilty as a sinner before a holy and righteous God who will judge them. No one is a "good person." Everyone has sinned against God, and as James makes clear that anyone who "keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in ONE point, he has become guilty of ALL" (James 2:10). Paul first established common ground with this part of his audience by saying "We know that God will rightfully judge those who live in ongoing, unrepentant and willful sin." What Paul is saying now to the morally good person, which includes the self-righteous Jew, is this - "Do you presume that you, who have and will sin, will somehow escape God's judgment? The judgment which you so easily say others deserve?" The self-righteous Jew would be answering "Yes, I will escape God's judgment!" Think back to Jesus' interaction with them in John 8:31-59. Jesus said to them that the truth will set them free - free from the yoke of sin. How did they respond? "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been enslaved!" Jesus responds, "I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin." Look at what he calls them during the interaction - "You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father." He says rightly, "If God were your Father, you would love Me," and as we saw Him saying later in the same gospel, "If you love Me, you will keep my commandments." Let's not miss the main point of what Paul is saying in Romans 2:3 - a) NO ONE will escape God's judgment. Having Abraham as your descendant means nothing. Being called "Christian" means nothing. Being baptized as a child, means nothing. Nothing will exempt anyone from standing before God and answering for the things we have done in this life. Paul will factually declare a few verses later that we will all be judged according to our deeds (Rom 2:6). b) EVERYONE who is judged by God stands guilty before Him. Paul will factually declare later that "there is NONE who does good, there is not even ONE" (Rom 3:12). Many Christians think wrongly that God will measure us according to our good deeds versus our bad deeds, and if the good outweighs the bad, He will graciously allow us into heaven. This is a completely unbiblical notion. The standard against which we are measured is God's holiness and righteousness (Matt 5:48; 1 Peter 1:16), and each one of us falls short. If you think you are a good person, please do this exercise with me. 1) How many sins per day would you say, on average, have you committed throughout your life? I would say that it is fair, even generous, to answer 3 sins a day on average. It would MOST likely be WAY more than 3. But let's settle on 3 for the sake of the argument. Remember that we are talking about sins in deed, word, or thought. Remember Jesus' words - "if you look at a woman with lust, you have already committed adultery with her in your heart," and "if you become angry with your brother..." 2) How old are you now? I am 40 years old right now. 3) Now take your average amount of sins per day (3), multiply it by your age (40), and then multiply it by the amount of days there are in each year (365). My total is 43 800. What is yours? This means that, if I were to die today, I would stand guilty before God for at least 43 800 sins. And that was being generous with the amount of sins I commit per day on average. "But God is merciful! He won't judge me according to my sins!" some would say. My friend, the Bible teaches otherwise, for "God will bring EVERY act to judgment... whether it is good or evil" (Ecc 12:13-14). The story doesn't end here however. There isn't ONLY bad news. There is good news also, otherwise the meaning of the word Gospel wouldn't be "Good News"! But, in order for something to be good news, we first have to hear the bad news. We have to be broken on the Rock first, for "a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart God will not despise" (Ps 51:17). Paul speaks only of the bad news from Romans 1:18 up to 3:20, before he starts giving the Good News. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.
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