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Romans 2:1-16

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Romans 2:1-16

V.1:     *Judge = condemn or criticize

      •    He criticizes others because they don’t love up to his standards. The only real standard is the Word of God.

      •    He would rather criticize and condemn his fallen brother than lift him up and restore him.

      •    This is inexcusable behavior, because he does the same thing.

      •    1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us that all temptation is common to man.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV) 13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:. . .

      •    It doesn’t matter how good you look on the outside, God sees the heart.

      •    Isaiah 11:3-5

      •    Matthew 5:21-22; 27-28 (hatred (murder) & adultery)

      •    God knows that man would carry out his thoughts if he had the courage and opportunity to do so.

V.2-4: The moralist thinks that he won’t be judged.

      •    He will not escape judgment, he will be judged according to the truth, the word of God.

      •    God’s judgment is according to truth, and totally just.

      •    God’s judgment is good, because it leads to repentance.

      •    God’s goodness is not a blank check to sin, He judges according to the truth.

V.5:     The moralist has a hardened heart, he will despise God’s judgment, because he thinks that he is good enough. No one is good enough!

V.6-11:     God renders to everyone according to his deeds, nothing goes unnoticed.

      •    “first to the Jews”, The jew’s priority of privilege was also one of responsibility.

      •    The principle of God’s judgment is the same for all.

V.12:   Just as there are different levels of reward in Heaven, there are different levels of punishment in Hell. Luke 12:47-48

V.13:   It doesn’t do you any good just to hear the Word of God, you must live it.

      •    If all you do is come and sit in church, you’re wasting your time!

V.14-16:   The Word of God is written on every man’s heart. (We all have a sense of right and wrong).

      •    We come full circle to “inexcusable”

      •    Paul reemphasizes that all are without excuse, and all will be judged according to the Word of God.

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