ROMANS 2

3 Outlines

 

Romans 2:1-16

GOD KNOWS!

 

In Luke 18:9-14, Jesus told a parable ".unto certain which trusted in

themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:"

 

The Lord told about two men who went into the temple to pray. One was a

Pharisee, part of a religious sect in Israel that tended to be a very

legalistic and self-righteous group. The other was a tax collector or

publican. The tax collectors were hated because they often cheated their

fellow Jews, and because they were considered traitors who worked for the

Roman government that ruled Israel.

 

Vss. 11-12 show the pride and self-righteousness of the Pharisee.

Vs. 13 shows the sorrow for sin in the tax collector.

In Vs. 14 Jesus gives the morrow of the story, "I tell you, this man went

down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that

exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be

exalted."

 

One of the easiest things to do is to be self-righteous. We can always find

someone we consider not as well behaved as we are. We then compare ourselves

to that person, and feel that compared to that person, we are doing just

fine!

 

There are many people who feel that they are going to Heaven because they

are not immoral like others. They are not adulterers, murderers, bank

robbers, or even blasphemers. In fact they find fault with that sort of

person, and consider themselves way above those sinners.

 

There are also many born-again Christians who feel pretty good about

themselves because they compare themselves with other Christians. Their

church attendance is better than others. Their devotional life is better

than others. The places they go or don't go are better. The Bible they use

is better.

 

Paul confronts the self-righteous in Romans 2:1-16. These would be people

who read Romans 1:25-32, which concerns the heathen. They would have

considered themselves well above that kind of behavior. They would not

consider themselves to be this bad.

 

In our text Paul confronts the person who felt that he would get to Heaven

because he was not like those sinners mentioned in Romans 1! He shows in

this passage that the self-righteous person is just as guilty as the blatant

sinner. If Paul was writing today, he might point out that just being in

church and living an outwardly moral life is not going to get you into

Heaven. Because we are all sinners, we need a Savior, one to die for our

sins. That's the Lord Jesus!

 

There is a reminder in this passage for those of us who know we are saved.

The reminder is that we have no right to stand as critics of others. So

often we have critical statements to make concerning sinner and saint alike.

To be honest, very often our criticisms are not valid.

 

Why should we be so careful about our criticisms of others? Very simply,

this passage shows us that God knows about us. He is the one that has the

right to judge, and ultimately, He will! GOD KNOWS!

 

GOD KNOWS THE TRUTH - Vss. 1-3

 

Vs. 1 - The person who judges and condemns another person is actually

condemning himself! To judge someone else is to show that you have a

conscience. You show that you have some sense of what is right and what is

wrong. In showing that you know right and wrong, you condemn yourself,

because you and I who judge others are guilty of the same things. Matthew

5:12-22A, Matthew 5:27-28, John 8:1-11

 

Vs. 2 - When God judges it will be according to the truth. There will be no

fooling God.

 

Vs. 3 - Criticizing others for their sins does not excuse someone from their

own sins.

 

GOD KNOWS YOUR NEED - Vss. 4-5

He knows that you need to repent and turn to Christ for forgiveness. 2

Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 2:8-9, Psalm 32:5

 

GOD KNOWS YOUR DEEDS - Vss. 6-10

God knows what your deeds are and they will be judged.

 

GOD KNOWS YOUR SITUATION - Vss. 11-15

God is totally impartial. The person who had the law of God will be judged

by the law of God.

The one who did not have the law of God will judged by his conscience.

 

GOD KNOWS YOUR MOTIVES - Vs. 16

All the secrets will come out.

The unsaved will be judged at the Great White Throne - Revelation 20:11-15

The saved will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ - 2 Corinthians

5:10, Romans 14:12

 

If you are self-righteous about salvation, turn to Christ for forgiveness

and eternal life.

If you are self-righteous as a Christian, confess and forsake that sin!

 

 

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Romans 2:1-11

ANSWERING TO GOD

 

FOLLY OF MAN’S JUDGMENT – Vs. 1

FAITHFULNESS OF GOD’S JUDGMENT – Vss. 2,11

FAILURE TO REPENT – Vss. 3-5

FUTURE ACCOUNTABILITY – Vss. 6-10

 

 

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Romans 2:1-16

GOD’S JUDGMENT:

 

DESERVED – Vss. 1-3

DELAYED – Vs. 4

DANGEROUS – Vs. 5

DETAILED – Vss. 7-16

 

 

 

 

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