God’s Righteous Judgment 2 1Therefore, any one of you[W] who judges is without excuse. For when you judge another, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same things. 2We know that God’s judgment on those who do such things is based on the truth. 3Do you really think—anyone of you who judges those who do such things yet do the same—that you will escape God’s judgment? 4Or do you despise the riches of His kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing[X] that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? 5But because of your hardness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed. 6He will repay each one according to his works:[Y] 7eternal life to those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality; 8but wrath and indignation to those who are self-seeking and disobey the truth but are obeying unrighteousness; 9affliction and distress for every human being who does evil, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek; 10but glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does what is good, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. 11There is no favoritism with God. 12All those who sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all those who sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13For the hearers of the law are not righteous before God, but the doers of the law will be declared righteous.[Z] 14So, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, instinctively do what the law demands, they are a law to themselves even though they do not have the law. 15They show that the work of the law[A] is written on their hearts. Their consciences confirm this. Their competing thoughts will either accuse or excuse them[B] 16on the day when God judges what people have kept secret, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.   Jewish Violation of the Law   17Now if[C] you call yourself a Jew, and rest in the law, boast in God, 18know His will, and approve the things that are superior, being instructed from the law, 19and if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light to those in darkness, 20an instructor of the ignorant, a teacher of the immature, having the full expression[D] of knowledge and truth in the law— 21you then, who teach another, don’t you teach yourself? You who preach, “You must not steal”—do you steal? 22You who say, “You must not commit adultery”—do you commit adultery? You who detest idols, do you rob their temples? 23You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? 24For, as it is written: The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.[E]   Circumcision of the Heart   25For circumcision benefits you if you observe the law, but if you are a lawbreaker, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. 26Therefore if an uncircumcised man keeps the law’s requirements, will his uncircumcision not be counted as circumcision? 27A man who is physically uncircumcised, but who fulfills the law, will judge you who are a lawbreaker in spite of having the letter of the law and circumcision. 28For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, and true circumcision is not something visible in the flesh. 29On the contrary, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart—by the Spirit, not the letter.[F] That man’s praise[G] is not from men but from God.
tnbassman10
Does man like law? In general, most sane people would admit to liking law. Do you want to live in a society of no laws? It is chaos! Man ... Read More
Does man like law? In general, most sane people would admit to liking law. Do you want to live in a society of no laws? It is chaos! Man craves law. Rules are important. There are 3 types of law in the Bible: 1. Law of Moses (Exodus - Deuteronomy) -10 Commandments (Exodus 20) -Approx 613 specific laws given in Mosiac Law--365 were negative or "thou shall not..." and approx 248 of them were positive or "thou shalt..." -Given to the Jewish people only (Exo 19:4-6, 34:27-28; Deut 5:1-3; Ps 147:19-20) -Was not given to man for self-justification. By the time Jesus came along, the Jewish spiritual leaders were misusing the law for self-justification by their faith in their ability to keep the law (John 5:39). (Rom 3:20--original text doesn't put "the" before law) 2. Moral Law (Rom 2:12-16) -What about the Gentiles during the Mosiac Law era or those today (hypothetical "jungle people") who have never heard of God? -What are things we know as humans, regardless of beliefs, know to be wrong? Stealing, killing, lying? What essentially are these? The 10 Commandments! Was it wrong, before Exodus 20, to kill? No! We have examples all throughout the Bible of these basic sins before the 10 Commandments were given: lying (Abraham), murder (Cain), homosexuality (Sodom), etc. -According to Rom 2:15, when did this law get written on man's heart? Adam and Eve eating the fruit (Gen 3:22). Every human being knows the difference of good and evil. At this moment, the nature of man changed. 3. Law of Faith/Liberty -Foundation aspects are completely different from the other types
tnbassman10
I. You Can't Prove Him in a Lab We are taught from middle school to use the scientific method. We use our senses of touch, smell, taste, ... Read More
I. You Can't Prove Him in a Lab We are taught from middle school to use the scientific method. We use our senses of touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing to determine things about our world. By high school or college, If something cannot be observed by the scientific method, we decide that "it" doesn't exist. We are ingrained that science gives us all the answers to things in nature and space. Ones who believe in the "supernatural" are often mocked or ridiculed. However, you'd be surprised how much evidence there is pointing towards God's existence. God is a spirit (John 4:24) and therefore is not bound by the scientific method--a man-made method. II. Modern Courts Outlawing God In 1892 the US Supreme Court made a ruling stating that the United States was a "Christian nation." How times have changed. In 2002, the California Circuit of Appeals ruled that the phrase "under God" in the US Pledge of Allegiance was unconstitutional because it was a "religious suggestion." "Under God," according to the California court, was he same as "under Jesus," "under Vishnu," or "under Zeus" because none of those statements can be neutral with respect to religion. These judges are stating that Zeus, a Greek god, is equal to God. III. Revelation Can we know God (Job 11:7; Isa 55:8-9)? We can know God but only in ways we can understand as humans. God is a spirit. His ways are not as our ways. God gives us revelation that he exists even today. Read Psalm 19. God gives us an example of the two types of revelation He uses: A. Natural Revelation - what we know about God from nature (design) We learn many things about God from His creation. The growing season and agriculture cycle were His design (Acts 14:15-17). In Ancient Greece they had an idol to "The Unknown God" just in case they forgot to sacrifice to one of their many gods (Acts 17:22-31). Paul preaches a sermon about "The Unknown God" and explains to those listening the things about God which they did not know. Paul argues in his letter to the Romans that there are certain invisible things about God that can clearly be seen by observing things that have been made (Rom 1:18-23). First, all things in nature that have a purpose were designed by a Divine Designer. Secondly, God is the "heart-writer" (2 Cor 3:2-3). Where did morals come from? How can all mankind understand that murder, stealing, and adultery is wrong? Morals cannot be man-made and be universally acceptable to everyone. (More on this topic in a later section). B. Special Revelation - what God chooses to reveal about Himself. God is God. He is all powerful and mighty and can do what He wants. He reveals Himself to us in different ways and different forms: burning bush, whirlwind, dove, etc. We read about these things in the Bible. Today we have God's Word to receive God's message. He reveals numerous things about Himself within. IV. Seven Ways to Prove God Exists 1. Cosmological argument - every creation must have a creator Where did this Earth and the universe originate? There are three options: (1) it is eternal (2) it created itself from nothing (3) it was created by something/someone. Some atheists believe that the universe must be eternal. However, scientific evidence disagrees with this. Even the shaky Big Bang Theory has an origination for the universe. We now today that the universe is expanding. The universe is "winding down" slowly over time. Therefore there must be a time in which it was "wound up." Evolutionist Robert Jastrow admits that science shows the universe is not eternal either past or future (1977). A unbiased, logical scientist will admit that it is ludicrous to suggest the universe created itself. It is self-evident that something cannot come from nothing. This even breaks laws of science which claim that matter cannot be created nor destroyed. This leaves only one logical answer remaining: the universe was created. If there is "something" that exists today, there must've been something that existed before it. "If the universe had not been made with the most exacting position we could never have come into existence. It is my view that these circumstances indicate that the universe was created for man to live in," astronaut John O'Keefe (1995). God is that "something" that was before in which had the power to create the universe. 2. Teleological argument - every design must have a designer We were evolved or designed? The design we observe today proves that God exists. Evolutionists claim that natural selection created the simulation of design through survival of the fittest. Think about the complexities of the human nervous system or DNA. Can this be an accident? What about the Earth? It is the perfect distance from the sun, orbiting at the right speed and angle to keep us from floating out to space or being consumed by extreme heat or unbearable cold. 3. Code requires a code-writer Scientists contend that any code or signal from space would indicate intelligent life, yet our DNA is disregarded as an accident. Think about that. 4. Laws require a law giver The law of momentum or gravity were installed at creation. We know and live in these unchangeable laws. Where did these laws come from? Did time and chance cause these laws? 5. Law of Cause and Effect For every material effect there must be an adequate cause that existed prior to that cause. The Grand Canyon was not dug by a ground hog. A butterfly flapping its wings do not cause tornadoes. These causes are not adequate or big enough to cause the effects. Think about the size of the universe. Logically, do you think a small explosion of atoms could create this? It should be a laughable theory yet the world has adopted it. 6. Anthropological argument - existence of morals Mankind, unlike animals, have morals. Where did they come from? Paul sheds some light on this subject telling his readers that man has had law written in its heart (Rom 2:13-15). How? God is the heart-writer. If morals are man-made or by nature, how come any civilization across the globe and across history all recognize murder as evil or wrong. Same with stealing or adultery. Murder was wrong before the Ten Commandments was it not? Why is this? God gave us moral law (see note: Romans Study Parts 2-3). If morals arrived from survival of the fittest would it not be ok to murder the person you are competing for a new promotion with? You would secure the promotion at that point. That would be survival of the fittest. This is nature' sway right? We are evolutions of nature right? Think about it. God gave moral code to man. 7. Communication requires a communicator Think about our languages. Man is the only creature that can form symbols and another human across the world can see those symbols and understand what is being said. We have oral and written languages forming all types of communication. How come man is the only creature on Earth that can do this? We aren't more animals evolving with this ability? Look at Genesis 2. God created man, Adam, with the ability to communicate before Eve was ever created. So, what does the evidence point to? Do not think what you've always been taught or what you want to believe. What does the evidence say? Without a doubt, there is a God. He is alive. He is the creator and designer of the entire universe (Gen 1:1).
Gary Boyd
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mateo6786
When in doubt.....
When in doubt.....
Pastor Austine
Do you do what you say. Do you practice what you teach or the ways of the belief system you publicly subscribe to. Many subscribe the the... Read More
Do you do what you say. Do you practice what you teach or the ways of the belief system you publicly subscribe to. Many subscribe the the Christian faith publicly but their lifestyle is contrary to the expectation of the lifestyle of the Christian This makes unbelievers and sinners to blaspheme the name of God trying to bring the name of Christ to disrepute
Chaunce
Is only half correct. Number 1 or 2. If you must, you may answer with a question.
Is only half correct. Number 1 or 2. If you must, you may answer with a question.
elanderson13
Why for the Jew first?
Why for the Jew first?
elanderson13
God is the only judge
God is the only judge
LittleOne
Therefore you are without excuse, every man of you who passes judgement, for in that you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you wh... Read More
Therefore you are without excuse, every man of you who passes judgement, for in that you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.
Tony.Watkins
Against the grain This is the most important aspect Gods pattern for life leads to a blessed life - not rule following That's why some no... Read More
Against the grain This is the most important aspect Gods pattern for life leads to a blessed life - not rule following That's why some non Christians seem blessed? See14 & 15 below No matter -for me it's why I need to choose to follow the pattern, seek/learn it first If you go against the grain, you get splinters, regardless of which neighborhood you’re from, what your parents taught you, what schools you attended. But if you embrace the way God does things, there are wonderful payoffs, again without regard to where you are from or how you were brought up. -Romans 2:9-10 (MSG) When outsiders who have never heard of God’s law follow it more or less by instinct, they confirm its truth by their obedience. They show that God’s law is not something alien, imposed on us from without, but woven into the very fabric of our creation. There is something deep within them that echoes God’s yes and no, right and wrong. -Romans 2:14-15 (MSG)
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