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The Book of Romans
 
God’s Judgment of Good People
(Part 1)
Romans 2:1-5
 
Introduction:
     Religious people, self-righteous people, and so-called “good” people need a Savior!  Our study of chapter two will reveal certain principles that God is going to use to judge “good” people.  Chapter one revealed that man is guilty of sin.  Chapter two reveals that man’s standards of righteousness are not the same as God’s standards.  Chapter two is not talking about salvation but it is talking about sin and the basis on which God will judge man.
     The Scriptures present Jesus Christ as the only means of attaining eternal life and escaping God’s righteous judgment.  1 John 5:11-12, And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. John 5:24, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
     You may be a religious person, you may be a “good” person, but without Jesus Christ you do not have eternal life, you will not go to heaven!
 
I.      God’s Standard of Righteousness is Different than Man’s
  1. V 1, Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. “O Man” refers to both men and women.  It refers to mankind in general.  “Whosoever thou art that judgest” moves the reference from the general to that which is specific, from the general population to the individual. “Wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; addresses any person of the human race but limits the discussion to those who judge others.  The words  “judgest another” carriers the thought of an unsympathetic verdict. The believer in Christ should have an attitude that the guilty sinner needs to be saved and delivered from perversion and immorality.
  2. V 1, For thou that judgest doest the same things.  The word “same” in the Greek the meaning is not identical things, but things that are as bad in God’s sight as the depraved acts of the sinner which are offensive to the cultured and refined sinner.  Today the “good” of the individual is measured by the standard of society or the standard of your own inter-circle.  If a person does not measure up to your standard of “good” you condemn that person.  When you judge other people you are assuming the role of judge.  The lesson to be learned is that just as you have the right to judge other people by your own standards; God has the right to judge you by His standards.  If we see ourselves as God sees us, we would see that we are obnoxious and disgusting.  What contribution can you and I make that God would allow us to enter into His heaven?  You may try to deny God the same privilege you have of sitting in judgment on others.  But God is going to judge you, and He won’t judge you by your standards, but by His standards.
 
II.      God Judges Man’s Works based on Truth
  1. V 2, But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.  God’s future judgment of the unbeliever will be based on God’s truth, which cannot be altered, by human opinion or protest.  God has given man the knowledge that he accountable to a higher authority.  The coming judgment of God is something the unbeliever either dreads or denies. Acts 17:30-31, And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.  
  2. Man’s judgment of himself is in contrast with God’s judgment.  Man’s judgment is incomplete and discriminatory because he does not have all the facts.  God’s judgment takes in all the facts.  God knows the actual state of man-just what he really is.  Satan’s great fantasy for religious people, self-righteous people, and so-called “good” people is that they will escape God’s judgment because they are different.
  3. V 3, And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?  A criminal can escape the punishment of the law by not having his crime discovered, escaping beyond the jurisdiction of the court, some legal technicality, or escaping from prison. However, there are no avenues of escape in regard to divine judgment.  Your offenses will be discovered.  You cannot go beyond God’s jurisdiction, there are no legal technicalities, and you cannot escape from prison. Hebrews 2:3, How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.
  4. V 4, Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? It is not the judgment of God that leads men to repentance but the goodness of God. Psalms 73:35; 9; 17, For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth. Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.  It is amazing that the goodness of God has been so good for the unbeliever and yet he will not believe.  God is patient with the unbeliever desiring that they repent or reject their sinful habits and turn to God.  The goodness of God ought to lead men to God.
  5. V 5, But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.  Refers to God’s future wrath or Day of Judgment.  People who continue to rebel against God are accumulating wrath to themselves.
 
Conclusion:
     The Scriptures present Jesus Christ as the only means of attaining eternal life and escaping God’s righteous judgment.  1 John 5:11-12, And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. John 5:24, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
     You may be a religious person, you may be a “good” person, but without Jesus Christ you do not have eternal life, you will not go to heaven!
 
 
 
 
Created and Researched by Pastor Dennis Baker
Zion Baptist Church
3485 New Baumgartner Rd. - St. Louis, MO 63129 - Phone: 314-846-1867