|Romans 2:3-8 |
3 O man, who judges those who do such things, and yet do the same, do you think that you will escape the judgment of God?
4 Or do you despise the riches of his goodness and tolerance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God is to lead you to repentance? [Heed! Jesus twice said: Repent or perish! Luke 13:3,13:5. To turn from evil is basic to seeking God; sin is transgression of the righteous law of God in every man's heart: love your neighbor as you love yourself; don't steal; don't commit adultery; don't lie; don't covet; don't murder; and honor your father and mother; to do for others what you would have them do for you. If you wait, watch, and listen for Him, grace will teach you what to deny, how to live a godly life, and then remove even the desire to sin from your heart. To read the many Bible verses that speak to repentance click here.]
5 But by your hardness and impenitence of heart, you treasure up to yourself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; [Heed! Every man has a day of visitation from the Spirit of God, gently pleading with him to change his ways. He who rejects me and does not receive my words, has one for his judge — the words that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. John 12:48. The penalty for not repenting is the wrath of God. But if you do heed and obey his words, he pours more words and Spirit on you. Acts 5:32, Pro 1:23,33.]
6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds. [Every man is every man, including those who believe in Jesus; every man is judged according to his words and works, be they good or evil. Mat 16:27,12:36-37, Rom 2:14-16, Jer 17:10, 2 Cor 5:10, Pro 24:12, Rev 2:23,20:13. There are no free passes to escape the fair, equitable, just, perfect, pure, righteous judgments of God. From the Word of the Lord within: "Without obedience you have nothing; sorry, there are not wildcards in the camp. No man is promoted or excused that repeats sin." Hope motivates us to expose ourselves to the commands of God; we are saved through faith, which is belief in what we hear; the evidence of faith is obedience to what is heard; the evidence of obedience is works as commanded; we are judged, not on faith, but on works or deeds.]
7 To those who by perseverance in good works,2 seek for glory, honor, and immortality, he will give eternal life. [Remember this verse. In order to protect their make-believe Christianity, Christendom deliberately ignores this verse; they ignore the distinction between works of the law and good works. Works of the law count for nothing. Works of the law are the cereal offering, the lamb offering, the bull offering, washings, not eating certain foods, circumcision, tithing, sabbaths, celebration of days, festivals, etc.; these are dead works of the law, decided when to be done by the carnal mind and will of man. Good works are works of love for God and your fellow man, beginning with repentance from evil, which is love of the truth.]
8 But to those who are selfishly ambitious [selfish], and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness; those receive indignation and wrath, [Take notice again! To not obey the truth is to sin. To obey unrighteousness is to sin. By obeying the truth you soul is purified. 1 Pet 1:22 . There still is sin. There still is obedience that leads to righteousness. Rom 6:16. There is still the wrath of God that comes on the disobedient; this wrath occurs not only in the next life, but also is a continuing damnation in this life because those who sin remain in the cursed, fallen state of Adam, failing to be reunited with God with the light of life from God, still removed from eating from the tree of life — which, when sin has been crucified in a man, is again enjoyed by him. Indignation and wrath are the fury of God that comes on sinners, especially sinners who think Jesus is their excuse for continuing to sin.
From the Word of the Lord within:
2 So here Paul tells us that perseverance in good works is required for eternal life. The misunderstanding of Paul's letters is the source of the false gospel of instant salvation by "grace." Of course we are saved by grace, eventually — but not instantly on saying some standard prayer or getting wet. You must crucify your selfish nature on the inward cross of self-denial, as Paul did to obtain salvation. Works without faith are without being commanded to be done by God; they are dead works done in the will of man; and they count for nothing. You cannot be justified without faith in Christ, who enlightens all men in the world. But faith without works, also counts for nothing. You cannot just say "I believe" and live in your sinful nature without obedience. Works of love energized by faith, are esteemed and required by God. Peter warned that people were misunderstanding Paul's letters 2000 years ago and twisting them to their own destruction, and told them not be led astray by the error of the wicked, 2 Peter 3:15-18. The error of the wicked is presumption of salvation, rather than them to experience being delivered from sin; the error made by those who twist Paul's letters to excuse wickedness by a presumed grace that licenses them to continue sinning without penalty until death. From the Word of the Lord within: "Abraham willingly exposed himself to God's commands." So too we must wait on God, watch, and silently listen for His commands to us. Hope motivates us to expose ourselves to the commands of God; we are saved through faith, which is belief in what we hear; the evidence of faith is obedience to what is heard; the evidence of obedience is works as heard commanded from God. We are judged, not on faith, but on works or deeds.