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4-28-19
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    Intro
    We are on the first Sunday after Easter. The Easter season in the Church continues for the next 50 days until Pentecost Sunday. With the season of Lent and Easter Sunday complete, we will now move back to our Romans series that we studying about 4 weeks ago.
    When we left off, we had completed chapter 1 of the book of Romans. Today, we will be starting chapter 2.
    As you recall, the book of Romans is a letter written by Paul to the church in Rome, to teach the church about God's plan of salvation.
    ROMANS
    Introduction- 1:1-17
    Sinfulness of Mankind
    Of the Gentiles-1:18-32
    Of the Jews-2:1-3:8
    Universal- 3:9-20
    We are in the first second section of the letter, under the heading "the sinfulness of mankind."
    We further divide that section into the sinfulness of the Gentiles, the sinfulness of the Jews, and universal sinfulness. We finished chapter 1 the sinfulness of the Gentiles. The Gentiles you remember are those people that do not know the God of universe, the only God. The may indeed have other gods, small g, but they do not know the one true God.
    For us here today, those people are the people that are outside of the church. Those that do not have religion or God in their life. Chapter 1 gives a pretty accurate picture of people without God.
    When we look at the world outside of the church, we have a tendency to be shocked or surprised. Our mouth drops open, and we say Oh my, look at what they are doing. But after reading Romans chapter 1, we learn that we should not expect people apart from God to behave any differently. It is sad, but it is what happens without God.
    Since, these are the people not in the church, Paul uses the pronoun they. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie. They are gossips and slanderers.
    We have a tendency to like to use they. Look at them. It makes us feel good about ourselves. Doesn't it? At least I'm not one of them. We can use a comparative method to evaluate our own sinfulness. In other words, I am not as bad as them. We are exclusive, better than they are.
    Is that how we should view the rest of the world? My message this morning will cover that topic. My point of this message will be
    What you think of God determines...
    What you think of yourself.
    What you think of others.
    I will begin by reading Romans 2, verses 1 thru 6.
    Romans 2:1–6 NIV
    1 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. 2 Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3 So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? 4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? 5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”
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    Romans 2:1 NIV
    1 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.
    The first thing we notice as we go from chapter one to chapter two is that Paul has switched the pronoun. What was they, and what made us really comfortable, now switches to you.
    Romans 2:1 NIV
    1 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.
    The you, Paul is referring to is the people within the church. It is a stereotypical you. He is referring to a Jewish Christian, prior to conversion. Prior to the general call of the gospel become effective in their life.
    We do not have many Jewish Christians. How are we here today to interpret the you?
    The you for us, can refer to either of two groups of people. First, and perhaps most important the you refers to the pew sitting Christians. The church is made up of all kinds of people. Some people in the church have not yet responded to the call of the gospel personally in their life. The pew sitting Christian has grown up in the church, they have been to Sunday School, baptized, and confirmed. They have even said yeah I believe, but somewhere, in their heart they are unconverted. They have not truly repented of their sins and trusted in the death and resurrection of Jesus. They do not have a relationship with Jesus. Their life does bear the fruit of spiritual growth.
    Secondly, the you can also refer to true Christians. This passage can convict true Christians of a sin problem, and help draw them back to the greatness of God, their need for Him, and beauty of the gospel. This passage can teach Christians by reminding them, and by aligning their world view with God.
    So either group, either the pew sitting christians, or the true christians, can have a tendency, to look at the “they” in chapter 1 and say “they” are all sexually immoral. Or they are cheating and stealing, or they are gossips.
    That is true isn’t it? We have that tendency. Whether it is someone we encounter at work, or stories we read in the paper, often we look at the sin of those without God, a bit judgmental.
    But in reality, if we get alone and really examine ourselves, are we any better? I mean which one among us has not at one time or another been sexually immoral, or at least had sexually immoral thoughts? Or if that is not your choice of sin, which one of us, has not lied or cheated or stolen, or gossiped? Or which one of us has not been cruel to someone?
    Maybe we have not done it to the extent as some people have, but we have still done it. We like to think of law breaking with a relative view. That means we compare our law breaking to another to determine if we are a criminal. Like it is ok to speed if we are going with the flow of traffic. The only one speeding in that case is the one going faster than the flow.
    The reality is law breaking is not relative to what the other guy does. The law is objective. That means that breaking the law is still breaking the law, regardless of what the other guy is doing. Just because they ran 10 stop signs, it does make your running a single stop sign any less illegal.
    Jesus made this point in Matthew 5.
    Matthew 5:21–22 NIV
    21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister, will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
    Jesus makes this point several times with several sins in Matthew 5, not just murder, he also says that even looking at woman lustfully is adultery, and he goes on to say that we are love our enemies.
    How you think about God determines...
    The problem is this disconnect in how we think about God. The standard of the law is not the other guy, but it is God. God is not interested in our goodness in relation to our neighbor. He is interested in our goodness in relation to Him. Because the relationship is with Him. So we better know who He is.
    In Isaiah 6, 3 God is Holy, Holy, Holy, In Isaiah 57, verse 15, His name is Holy. In 2 Corinthians chapter 5, verse 21, Jesus is is without sin. In Habakuk 1, verse 13 God cannot even look upon evil.
    Habakkuk 1:13 NIV
    13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?
    Then to make matters worse, Jesus at the end of the Matthew passage in verse 48 says.
    Matthew 5:48 NIV
    48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
    How we think about God determines....
    God is Holy and we are not.
    He need to have that picture of God in our mind that He is holy.
    Now, when we go back to Romans 2.1
    Romans 2:1 NIV
    1 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.
    We read that, and now we can admittedly say, yes we do the same things. Yes we are not perfect, yes we are lawbreakers.
    Romans 2:2 NIV
    2 Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth.
    We know God is holy, and God is also a just judge. God judges with truth. God cannot lie. He is by who he is a just and righteous judge, completely fair in all he does.
    How we think about God determines...
    God is Holy.
    God is a just judge.
    If God is a just judge and we are law breakers too, what makes us think that we will escape the just judge? Won’t we face the consequences of our crime as well?
    Romans 2:3 NIV
    3 So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?
    Do you think that you will escape judgement? God is Holy God. Gos is also just and justice must be served. The answer is we will NOT escape judgement. The answer is that in view of God’s Holiness, and in View of God’s Justice we are a sinner in need of a savior. We need Jesus.
    How we think about God determines...
    God is Holy.
    God is a just judge.
    How we think about ourselves.
    A sinner in need of a savior.
    A sinner in need of a savior could appear to be bad news, and it could appear to be hopeless, but that is what draws us to the magnificence of Christ. Our need for a savior makes that savior so much more beautiful to those in need.
    Sometimes people do not see God as absolutely Holy. Like sin does not bother Him, that our pleasure is of utmost importance to God. If they are not a sinner, no need for a savior. Or, they see God as not just. God looks at me relative to the other guy, I am not as bad as Him, so I do not deserve to be punished.
    In other words, if you just finished a large meal, and ate desert, you do not have any need or desire for that last scrap of bread on the table. But to a starving man, that last scrap of bread is life.
    If you not see that you are a sinner in need of a savior, Jesus has no appeal to you. You are content to be a pew sitting christian. But is you see God as Holy, and God as just, and you as a sinner in need of a sinner you run to Jesus.
    You run to Jesus because in the Gospel the righteousness of God is revealed. You run to Jesus at just the right time God the Father sent God the son to rescue us from sin and death. Our need of a savior draws us to the cross on bended knee and is what causes us to plead with mercy to God the Father on behalf of the finished work of God the son.
    Knowing we are a sinner in need of a savior drives us to trust in Christ alone to save us, and not on our Church membership or our baptism or our confirmation.
    Knowing that, causes us to see that in the Gospel the love of God is revealed. The love of God reaches down to the sinfulness of man, and at the same time satisfies the justice of God. It must be love because God does not have to save us. God can still be Holy and just and not save us, but God is kind, and loving. So much so he was willing to go to the cross because of His great love for us.
    Think about your own conversion, think about your sin for a minute. God as a just and righteous judge, could have punished you right away for the sins you committed. He could have served his justice on us right away, the minute we sinned. Instead, God was patient with us. God was kind to us, and made a way for us to rescued. After our first sin, did we turn to him right away? No. Instead we committed more sins, and we kept committing more sins, and God was still patient and kind.
    It is even in His name from Exodus 34, verse 6.
    Exodus 34:6 NIV
    6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness,
    God was patient with us, not because he is ignoring justice, not because He is ignoring sin but, because he wants us to come to repentence.
    2 Peter 3:9 NIV
    9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
    He was waiting for us to come to repentence. With some people He waited their whole lifetime. For some people now, He is still waiting.
    God is Holy and just.
    We are sinners in need of a savior.
    God was patient, and kind with us.
    When we have a right view of God, that He is holy, and just. That determines, how we view ourselves, as sinners in need of a savior. And if we know that God was patient with us, and kind toward us. How can we treat them any differently?
    Romans 2:4 NASB95
    4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
    We need to be thinking Rightly about God, and Rightly about ourselves.
    The problem comes in when we think Highly of ourselves, then we think Lightly of God.
    Problem:
    Think Highly of You-Think Lightly of God
    I will tell you what I mean, see, we have a tendency to think we are all that. We see the they, those people out there, and we say---I am sure glad I had enough sense to clean up and come into church. Those people out there just don’t work as hard at being a good christian as I do. I was smart enough, and put in a good effort at church. Well maybe we don;t say it exactly, but we think it. The fact is that Jesus died for some of them too! God is just waiting for some of them to become part of the us.
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    Romans 2:4 NASB95
    4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
    Paul says, if we think that way, we are thinking lightly in the NASB, of the riches, of His kindness in The NIV says we are showing contempt for God’s riches of His kindness. We are thinking lightly because those are the very traits of God that lead us to Him in the first place. It was not US that got us to God. It was God that lead us to Him.
    Look at that end of that verse, what leads us to repentence, is it us? No, It is the Kindness of God that leads us to repentence. It says nothing about Us. How is it that we came to repentence, by the riches of HIS kindness. God’s kindness, God’s tolerance, God’s patience. It actually has nothing to do with us.
    If you are still pointing fingers, passing judgement, showing contempt for the riches of God’s kindness, then it is clearly a heart problem.
    Perhaps the problem isn’t with the they it is with your heart. You do not know the kindness of God, so how can it lead you to repentence?
    Romans 2:5 NIV
    5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.
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    What you think of God determines...
    What you think of yourself.
    What you think of others.
    If you view those without God with contempt. and it is easy to do, when you look at them with disgust, and you feel that twinge in your heart, that has to be the moment that triggers you to think rightly of God. Do not look to the side, and to the sin of those without God. Those without God will sin. Instead look to God. Look to God’s holiness, and God’s justice. Know that we are sinners with a need for a Savior. Then look to the savior Jesus, who loved us so much that he was willing to give His life on the cross for us, for our sins. And remember that the cross Jesus died on, is for them who will be led to repentence by kindness as well.
    See the riches of God’s kindness. The riches that are never ending, riches upon riches. Riches that he was willing to pour out on you. See the patience of a God who was willing to wait for you, to wait for you you while you ran from Him. See the God who tolerated you in your rebellion, tolerated you in stubbornness and pride, yet led you to repentence. See that in the Gospel the righteousness of God is being revealed When you see that in God. When you see that beauty in Jesus’s death on the cross, you will want others to see the beauty of God as well.
    Your thoughts will no longer be focused on their sin. It won’t matter to you if they they are a drunkard, or a thief or a lier. What will be important is that God is God, God is loving and kind. And Jesus can save a drunkard, and a thief, and a liar. And you will want to tell them about that God that lead you out of your sin to repentence, by His kindness.
    If you are unable to look upon those without God without judging them, then perhaps your heart is unrepentant, and stubborn. God is being patient and tolerant of your unrepentant heart. God is being kind to you by waiting for you to see Him as He is. Turn to Jesus now and ask Him to heal your stubborn heart.
    God the Father loves you enough that He sent His son Jesus. He sent Jesus to live the life that you cannot live, a perfect life, a Holy life,, a life without sin. He did this so that he could pay the price for your sins. All your sins. Repent by turning from your sin and toward Jesus, then live a new life, a life knowing the love and righteousness of God as he has shown us in Jesus. Tell others ofd the life offered in Jesus Christ.
    In Jesus name.
      • Romans 2:1–6NIV2011

      • Romans 2:1NIV2011

      • Matthew 5:21–22NIV2011

      • Habakkuk 1:13NIV2011

      • Matthew 5:48NIV2011

      • Romans 2:1NIV2011

      • Romans 2:2NIV2011

      • Romans 2:3NIV2011

      • Exodus 34:6NIV2011

      • 2 Peter 3:9NIV2011

      • Romans 2:4NIV2011

      • Romans 2:4NIV2011

      • Romans 2:5NIV2011

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