St. Luke's Church Faribault
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        May 22, 2019 - 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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        May 5, 2019 - 11:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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        Feed My Starving Children

        May 22, 2019 - 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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  • He Leadeth Me
  • His Mercy Is More
  • Several years ago, a business partner of mine had a severe heart attack. He almost died. He was rushed to the Hospital, and needed extensive coronary bypass surgery. We did not think he was going to make it. He recovered at home for months before eventually returning to work.
    When he was back, and fully recovered, he told us about his experience. He said, prior to his heart attack, he did not notice how sick he had become. He thought he was fine. But now looking back, he realized he had been quite sick for a long time. Now that he had the blood flowing back to his heart, he felt better, a lot better. Even his mental outlook had changed. He had escaped death, so now he had a more joyous and positive outlook on life. Everyday was a gift.
    Before his heart attack, he ate poorly and he never liked eating right, but now he didn’t mind it anymore, he now enjoyed what was good for him, because he knew it was bringing him life. Basically he had a new heart, and he was a changed man.
    Of course we are not here to learn about eating right and heart disease. But what if your spiritual life is like that? What if, you are sicker than you realize. Is it possible to be near death, and not even know it? What happens when you have a new heart?
    Let’s explore that today in our study in Romans. Last week we left off at chapter 2, verse 5, and today we will pick up in verse 6, so follow along in your Bibles, and for your convenience, there is one in the pew in front of you. But before we begin, let me start with a word of prayer.
    Last week, we mentioned that we are in this section of Romans where Paul is addressing the sinfulness of the Jewish people.
    God’s Judgement is...
    based on truth-Ro. 2:2
    is impartial Ro 2:6-11
    Paul pointed out how hypocritical it is for people to judge others because they too will be judged. We discussed that God’s standard of judgement is not in relation to the other people’s sin but rather God’s standard of judgement is His holiness, and His righteousness. Paul talked about God’s judgement being based on truth. Now, in this next section, verses 6, through 11 Paul says that God’s judgement is impartial.
    Romans 2:6 NIV
    6 God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”
    Then he elaborates on that.
    Romans 2:7–11 NIV
    7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11 For God does not show favoritism.
    For those who do good, God will give eternal life. To those who are self-seeking, and who reject the truth, they will receive wrath and anger. At first glance, this may sound like we are saved by works. Do good, eternal life, but is is that what the whole Bible teaches> This is a very good example of why we have to be careful that we are just looking at a single verse, we need to look at the surrounding passages, and even all of the Bible before we can understand what a verse means.If you look at those verses by themselves it may seem to suggest that in order to get eternal life you just have to do the right thing. But, that is not the whole story-Let me explain.
    As we established last week, God is Holy, completely Holy, perfect, without any sin at all, and we are not. Ee are sinful. We cannot measure up against God’s holiness. If we look at Isaiah 53.17 for instance
    Isaiah 53:6 NIV
    6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
    We all like sheep, or
    Psalm 53:1 NIV
    1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good.
    No one who does good- and
    Psalm 53:2–3 NIV
    2 God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. 3 Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.
    Ephesians 2:3 NIV
    3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.
    We were by our very nature-deserving of wrath. And, even here in Romans if we read ahead a little bit, Paul will further elaborate on this in chapter 3. The point is, scripture is clear, it is everyone who does wrong, everyone who has sin. No one who is without sin.
    So, when we go back and read Romans 2.7 again with that in mind,
    Romans 2:7 NIV
    7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.
    We have to say, no, that is not me. Everyone has sin.
    Then Paul anticipates what the reader may be thinking. If everyone has sin, perhaps there is a benefit for being in God’s people? Perhaps being a Jew has some value, that even if I am not good, it carries with it some goodness? But Paul disputes that too.
    Twice he repeats this phrase he repeats first for the Jew and then for the Gentile. It reminds us of what he said back in verse 18. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”
    Some people think that way. Some people grow up in the church. Some people have some connection to christianity, by birth in a way. They have been raised in a christian home, have a pastor in the family or something. You can hear it when they talk sometimes. Well, they say you know I have been going to church for this long, and my brother is a pastor. My parents gave faithfully.....Paul says your pedegree, where you came from does not let you escape judgement, first for the jew then for the gentile.
    There is no favoritism with God. The standard is God’s holiness, for everyone.
    Deuteronomy 6:5 NIV
    5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
    All your heart,, all your souls, Applies to all, first for the jew then for the Gentile.
    For God does not show favoritism.
    God’s Judgement is...
    based on truth-Ro. 2:2
    is impartial Ro 2:6-11
    according to law Ro 2:12-16
    In the next section, verses 12 -16. Paul tells us that god’s judgement is according to the law.
    Romans 2:12 NIV
    12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law.
    If you sin without the law or with the law, it makes no difference. Wait a minute Paul, what if we do not know the law? How can God hold us accountable if we do not know the law?
    Romans 2:13 NIV
    13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.
    It does not do any good to know the law, that is not the point the point is, You have to obey the law.
    Romans 2:14–15 NIV
    14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.)
    Back in chapter one Paul talked about how it is obvious to people that there is a God. God has revealed himself to mankind through nature. The Heavens declare the glory of God. You do not have to have religious knowledge to know there is a God. Anyone can see there is a God.That is general revelation. But God does not stop there with nature.
    God continues to reveal himself to us through our consciences. All people have a basic sense of right from wrong. The term is natural law. Internally, we know that is wrong to kill, In our conscience is written a basic sense of right and wrong. Paul is saying that that you do not need the law to know right from wrong. God has already taken care of it.
    God reveals himself through
    Our Conscience
    God has revealed himself through nature, and he has revealed himself through our conscience.
    And when our conscience bears witness to us, we can’t hide our secrets. What is done in the dark will one day be revealed in the light. It will be revealed by the light of Christ at the judgement.
    Romans 2:16 NIV
    16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.
    Paul is making quite a case here, and it is weighty. God judges with truth, impartially, and according to the law. He does not judge according to birth rite, and upbringing. And God will judge men’s secrets. I don’t know about you but I have secrets. This presses on our hearts like a weight.
    There is this coming judgement Paul says. but he gives us a flicker of hope. He says when God judges men’s secrets.....through Jesus Christ as my gospel declares...
    That is odd isn’t it? As my gospel declares-Gospel meaning.. good news. So Paul is saying that God will judge men’s secret’s through Jesus Christ as my good news declares? How can that be good news?
    Paul has been making an airtight case, that all are guilty. Jew and Gentile. People who know God and People who know nothing about Him. People who know God’s word and people who have never heard it. All- everyone-guilty, even in your secrets-you are guilty.
    Now all that comes before Almighty God, the creator of the universe the one in who all the heavens declare his glory, He is truthful and impartial, and now we will stand in front of Him and this is some how good news. How can it Be?
    I’ll tell how it can be. It is because that same God who judges you, also loved you enough to give you a way to escape that judgement. The God of the universe took on flesh, and became man. That same God that knit you together in your mother’s womb, and holds galaxies together, lived a perfect a sinless life-even though he was tempted in every way. That same God, the Lord Jesus Christ then took the wrath and punishment from God the Father for the sins that you hold in secret. The God who knows the number of hairs on your head, bore that on the cross in your place, so that when you stand in judgement of that Holy and righteous judge you will be declared righteous. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is reveled by faith..
    That is why it is such good news.
    But me telling you that, is still not enough. Knowing things about God, even knowing about the gospel is not enough. There must be something else.
    Romans 2:17 NIV
    17 Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and boast in God;
    In this next section Paul aims for those who know about God, know about the law, keep the law mostly, at least on the outside. They boasted in that they were a chosen people, they thought that God’s judgement was only reserved for those outside of them.
    For us, there are certainly parallels to people in the church. Church goers do that today, they say hey I’m part of a church, I have heard about what God wants me do. Look at me, I’m a church member. They rely on the externals. However, sometimes the externals are not a clear indicator that there is a problem.
    Romans 2:18–24 NIV
    18 if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law; 19 if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21 you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? 24 As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”
    Do you know what the number one complaint non-christians have against christians? They say christians are hypocrites. They see and know what Godly people are supposed to be like, and they see something different, or they experience something different.
    So what happens, we are tempted to say Christians just need to work harder. But that is not what this is saying at all. What it is saying Most of those people who are hypocritical, are church goers, and not Christians at all. They are those that believe that their baptism, or church membership, or service or giving is what is going to keep them from judgement. Paul is saying it is not those things, those externals, and gives and example from the Jewish sign of circumcision.
    Romans 2:25 NIV
    25 Circumcision has value if you observe the law, but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised.
    Circumcision was the sign, or the thing that identified you as a jew. It was a sign of God’s covenant. Paul is saying do you think just having that sign has any value? The sign only has value if you keep the law. The sign means nothing. It is like the sign that points you to exit here for Faribault. The sign means nothing if you don’t exit. The sign is valid only if you keep the law, and as we have established, no one can keep the law. So what value.
    Romans 2:26–28 NIV
    26 So then, if those who are not circumcised keep the law’s requirements, will they not be regarded as though they were circumcised? 27 The one who is not circumcised physically and yet obeys the law will condemn you who, even though you have the written code and circumcision, are a lawbreaker. 28 A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical.
    It is not what you do on the outside. The externals have nothing to do with it. The externals do not make you a Christian. The external behavior is not what saves you.
    Romans 2:29 NIV
    29 No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.
    There has to be a circumcision of the heart. A cutting of the heart. You need a new heart.
    Remember my friend with the heart disease. He did not even realize he was ill, he went through life sick and he didn’t even realize it. The external symptoms were not completely obvious that he had a problem going on with his heart He thought he was fine. He almost died, he almost did not have a second chance.But he got new heart. and his life changed.
    It’s like that. Church people come into the church and they are immersed in the church they strive to try and keep the law, but they don’t realize they are sick, the externals are not the problem, the problem is a heart problem they need a new heart.
    You need a new heart when the potential for judgement. When the idea of God’s righteous, truthful impartial judgement of all your secrets bears upon your heart like a weight. You need a new heart when the Holy Spirit impresses on you now is the time to repent. Now is the time to turn from your efforts on the externals to a heart wholly and dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ, You need a new heart when you see Jesus as the God who has come to rescue you from sin and death.
    How do you see God’s judgement through Jesus Christ? With dread and fear? Or do see it as good news? Is it good news.
    There is no better news in the world ever. Our God is a God who can do all things. Our God can take any repentant heart, any dead heart and raise it from the dead. He can change it. He can circumcise it and make it new. He can take out your heart of stone, and replace it with a heart of flesh. It doesn’t matter what secrets you hold, God already knows. It is between you and God. Put aside where you have come from, and anything you are relying on, and place your faith in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of you sins.
    When you do that, you will be filled with the Holy Spirit. You will be made new, you have a new life a resurrected life, a life that brings God glory and honor.You now keep the law, not to keep you from judgement, but because you Love the Lord Jesus, you love the things of God and you want to bring Him glory.
    And If you have already been Born Again into the new and resurrected life, you know that this gospel is indeed really good news. It brings you immense joy to know that you have been rescued. Remember, remember the sin that you came and worship the Lord Jesus, by walking in the Spirit. You do not need to fear judgment and condemnation because the Lord Jesus has paid the price.
    Your debt has been paid, justice has been served. You are set free, Your new heart has made you a new a person, a person who loves God’s law, not because it is the law but because it is God’s. Your desire is for God, and his righteousness.
    Romans 1:16 NIV
    16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
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      • Romans 2:7–11NIV2011

      • Isaiah 53:6NIV2011

      • Psalm 53:1NIV2011

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      • Romans 2:7NIV2011

      • Deuteronomy 6:5NIV2011

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      • Romans 2:14–15NIV2011

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