Monday, June 11, 2012

God Will Render


Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy; for You render to each one according to his work.” Psalm 62:12

After following a couple of rabbit-trails through my bible readings this morning, I came upon the following verses and was struck by the magnitude of wisdom hidden in them. Mind you, I am convinced that every verse in the bible is full of vast amounts of wisdom and knowledge, but these verses today seem to jump out at me.  For that reason, I have decided to dig into them a bit deeper and share with you this morning my newly unearth treasures.

Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”:eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God. For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.” Romans 2:1-16

To make my notes easier to follow, I have divided the above verses into three categories: What God Does, What a Righteous People in God's Eyes Do, and What a Disobedient People in God's Eyes Do.

What God Does
What a Righteous People Do
What a Disobedient People Do
Does not excuse any person
Knows that God's judgment is based on His truth
Judges others therefore condemning themselves
Provides the riches of goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering
Knows the goodness of God leads to repentance
Think they will escape judgment and despise the riches of God
He will render on judgment day to each person according to their deeds
Has a softened heart that leads to correction and patience in waiting for promised eternal life
Has a hard and impenitent heart and is treasuring up God's wrath for judgment day
God will judge with indignation, wrath, tribulation and anguish
Continues in patience, doing good and seeking God for His glory and honor
Self-seeking and does not obey truth.
Has no partiality as to anyone – all will be judged
Working out goodness and thus will be rewarded with glory, honor, and peace
They obey unrighteousness and do evil in God's sight
He judges and justifies as He has ordained – those who have not heard His truth perish never knowing but those who know God's law but chose not to follow it are judged by it. God knows the secrets of every person's heart and one's thoughts either justify or condemn, but God will judge everyone by Jesus Christ according to the gospel
They are doers of the law and will be justified by the law in Christ Jesus.
Those who have sinned without the law will perish without the law (only the law of their hearts and their God given conscience will be their judging factors) and those with the law who have disobeyed it will be judged according to the law (these people are the ones who have heard the truth of the Lord but did nothing about it)

Jesus Christ alone saves us, not our actions – that should not be construed from these verses. In being doers of the law we are obedient to the giver of the law alone.  There are no good works of our own that can save us on judgment day. All others perish whether they know or do not know the law, but their judgment into the life beyond is judged on their knowing or not knowing the gospel of Jesus Christ (that is a summary of what verses 12 through 15 say).

When we look at people around us and their unwillingness to see God for who we know Him to be, we should not be judgmental towards them. We are called to “hate” their actions alone because they disobey the truth of God, but each person behind those actions either does not know they are sinning or has chosen blindly to follow other means for their justification before God – to that we must feel sorrowful and be willing to be patient along with God in bringing about His individual revelation to each of them so that “all should be saved.”

The truth of judgment day is consistent through out the scriptures and inside of each person (in our conscience as theses verses refer) there is a knowledge of a need to do good. But what that "good" is becomes misconstrued when we become disconnected with the Lord who has the character of perfect goodness.  On our own we try to find what seems good in our own eyes but yet our sinful condition always gets in the way. Scriptures tells us the truth about our own wanderings, we are “...like sheep who have gone astray, we have turned, every one, to his own way...” which is not they way of the Lord who is the Shepherd of His sheep.

If you are having a hard time discerning the choices you are making and whether they are good to only you or if they are truly good in the eyes of the Lord, ask Him to give you discernment and understanding of His law and then be willing to have a soft heart and be changed by what He teaches you when you spend time in prayer and in reading your bible – living that way alone, one with a repentant heart who understands the need for Jesus Christ as Savior, Lord and Teacher, is one that will be surely justified before God.

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