Romans for the Rest of Us- Chapter 2
Rom 2:1-4- You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, 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 man, 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, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance? NIV
-Apart from Christ, we are all without excuse.
-But, because God is full of kindness, tolerance, and patience, He has put off passing judgment on humanity for as long as He possibly can.
-When we are in Christ, we will not be judged because He was judged in our place.
John 3:17-18- “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 He who believes in Him is not judged.” NASU
-But, we must not judge others for their sins, for when we do, we judge ourselves.
-Put in the much stronger terms of Paul, when we judge others we show contempt for His kindness.
-Instead of judgment, we must show His love and kindness so they will understand His love and kindness to them and come to Him.
-Then they can experience the same miracles we are experiencing-
-The freedom from His judgement and the security of His love.
-The transforming power of His grace working in us, changing us day by day.
-God’s kindness keeps leading us to repentance.
-Jesus detaches us from the eternal consequences of our sin!
(Remember the visual of the yellow plastic streamers clip all over Josh.)
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