SUBJ: The issue
of divine rendering according to one’s deeds wherein we would see the
implication of that manner of life that comes from a work of grace in
the heart and so making one acceptable with God.
AIM: That we
would look to and be found fully trusting in Christ our Lord for all
things and would in the process endeavor to live after the example He
set before us.
continue in this section that at times seems harsh and less desirable
than other portions of Scripture and yet we receive it as the inspired
Word of God and bow thereto.
1. We would be reminded that the
holiness of God demands no less to be compatible with God – “Be ye holy
for I am holy!”
2. It is to the degree that we understand the
awfulness of the offence against God that we fully appreciated and
understand the extent of His mercy towards us.
3. But, while we
marvel at and rejoice in what we have received because of mercy and
grace, we have before us just as surely the demand for a life that
reflects that work of grace in us.
THESIS: God will render to every man according to his deeds and
those deeds, which characterize us as acceptable with God, are as much
the work of Grace as anything and so are necessary.
to His deeds (v. 6)
1. This thought is often the cause of
consternation among many grace believers in that they cannot accept the
idea of salvation by works or any other form of human contribution.
2. Nevertheless, we often find those thoughts elsewhere: For we must all
appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive
the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it
be good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:10.
3. And we see further: And I saw
the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened:
and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead
were judged out of those things which were written in the books,
according to their works. Revelation 20:12 AND And, behold, I come
quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his
work shall be. Revelation 22:12.
4. It is at this point that many
would try to ascertain what constitutes good works and good deeds and it
is difficult to do so without thinking in a legalistic manner.
are simply told to do all in the name of Christ and with Him as our
objective all else comes into proper view.
II. The life and its
result (v. 7)
1. It is here that we were drawn to express it all
under the title of Patient Continuance.
1) But it is not merely
“hanging in there.” It is rather a continuance in well doing.
are reminded of If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: James 2:8 AND And
this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the
commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk
in it. 2 John 1:6.
3) And many other indicators from the Word.
The over-arching truth here is witnessed in their character and desire
1) They seek for glory – not that of this world; it is
rather that of Christ in which we are made partakers.
2) They seek
for honor – again, it is not which men might bestow but rather to be
fully identified before God as men as the redeemed of the Lord – The end
of a work of grace!
3) Immortality – That is the sense of eternal
identity with Christ and in the power of His resurrection.
result – eternal life being the life they have sought after with Christ
and not merely to live forever. ---The deeds do not earn it – they
III. The counterpart to eternal life (vv. 8-9)
It is again the manner of life that is brought to bear as being in
opposition to Son of God
1) They are contentious – Gill: they contend
for victory and not truth; they strive about words to no profit are
quarrelsome and sow discord…
2) They are disobedient with regard to
the truth and
3) They are in fact the servants of unrighteousness
2. Their payday (Romans 6:23) is “indignation and wrath.”
3. So it is
in verse 9 that a summary thought is brought to bear – tribulation and
anguish upon all who practice evil and we note the form “to the Jew
first and, also to the Gentile.
IV. No respect of Persons (v. 11)
1. At the day of judgment there will be no consider of national origin
or any other thing that men use to categorize.
2. The issue is
resolved in the verse preceding – see verses 7 and 8.
3. Remember the
conclusion of Peter: 34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a
truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 But in every
nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with
him. Acts 10:34-35