Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Jews, part 1

Jews (2:1-3:8)

Rom 2:1 You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things.

The Lord has given ample warning on judging others it has issues that can cause yourself great harm. One would be What if you are wrong? Now you have to back track. Another would be that you have ruined a life that may have been recovered over time. The last really big one, you may be judge.

Mat_7:1Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.
Luk_6:37Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.

Rom 2:2 And we know that God, in His justice, will punish anyone who does such things. Rom 2:3 Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God's judgment when you do the same things?

The interesting part to me is where Paul says “why do you think you can avoid God’s judgement”. He could have said How do you think. To me the difference in the why and the how is that why makes the assumption that you may have overlooked something. The how indicates that you may not believe in God. If you did you would know better.

Rom 2:4 Don't you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can't you see that His kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? Rom 2:5 But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God's righteous judgment will be revealed. Rom 2:6 He will judge everyone according to what they have done.

There it is, you will be judged, “according to what they have done”. What is not said is that you must repent of your sins and ask God into your life.
Mat 25:11 Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, 'Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!' Mat 25:12But he called back, 'Believe me, I don't know you!' Mat 25:13So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of My return.
Since Christ intercedes on our behalf (Heb 7:25 Therefore He is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through Him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.) we will have Jesus to stand up for us on the day of judgment.

Rom 2:7 He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers. Rom 2:8 But He will pour out His anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness.

Truth there is that word again. It is said 262 times in the new testament.  When Jesus was standing in front of Pilate he said: Joh_18:37 Pilate said, "So You are a king?" Jesus responded, "You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true

Joh 14:6 Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.
What should be interesting to all is what then is the Truth. That alone is a study unto itself. I have to research that a little harder because of the width and breadth of what a lie really is.