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October 1, 2017


TEXT: Romans 2: 11-16
READING:  1 Peter 1: 1-25

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SUBJ: The several ways that men fail and become subject to the judgment of God in that it is the doers of the Law that are justified thus driving us to the mercy of God in Christ our Lord.

AIM: That we might abundantly realize the necessity of mercy in that all have sinned and lack the ability to perform in the manner demanded by the holiness of God.

INTR: We again encounter the necessity for a proper manner of life: one that answers to the work of grace in the hearts of the Lord’s people – His redeemed.
1. In the preceding verses only two conclusions were allowed: either “eternal life” or “indignation and wrath.”
2. This ended in the thought that “there is no respect of persons with God.” This is, of course, an issue with men and so presents difficulty with them in the presence of God and the scriptures.
3. As the Bible is wont to do, the passage that follows doubles down on universal failure among men leaving none with an excuse.

THESIS: We are brought to consider two classed of people – those with the Law and those without leaving mercy as the only avenue to the attainment of satisfaction with God.

I. With and without the Law (vv. 11-12)
1. The fact of “no respect” is not used here in the usual sense. It is that men of all classed stand equally condemned – not the meaning of the Declaration of Independence.
2. Those sinning without the Law:
1) The fact that these had enough of the revelation of the existence and right of God to have responded favorably were sin not the ruling factor in their lives.
2) Thus, for sin against their nature, such light as they have had and divinely ordained government shall be so judged.
3. Those under the Law are subject to judgment accordingly:
1) Those having the Law thought themselves to be accepted with God on the basis of that possession.
2) They were schooled from their youth and skilled in the matters of the ordinances.
3) In the case of the Jews, the Law contained in it the consequence for disobedience and although they asked for it – they were never able to or inclined to keep it. The Law simply revealed their guilt and it prescribed the judgment.

II. The explanation (vv. 13-15)
1. We note that this is all in parenthesis indicating that Paul breaks of in thought for a further word of explanation.
2. Such passages of this often cause difficulty with the concept of justification indicated.
1) Justification must be dealt with on two fronts – legal and experiential.
2) Legal justification is accomplished by the blood atonement of Christ our Lord.
3) Experiential justification is that in which the life and work of the individual answers to the legal claim – He is accepted of God in that his life is born out of faith in the finished work of Christ our Lord.
3. It would be folly on God’s part to accept the person of one who continued in the practice of sin while claiming justification by faith.
4. To illustrate the point, the Gentiles are called to account:
1) The observation is that there are many who never heard of the Law that do the very things the Law demands (howbeit, not perfectly by any stretch).
2) They have a sense of right and wrong on basis of creation and being created in the image of God.
3) To be noted is that they are accountable to their performance with respect to themselves
4) The preexistence of the Law is indicated here and what we see under Moses is the codification of that which was already existing.

III. The sentence completed (v. 16)
1. The nature of the day of judgment
1) There is a day
2) It will bring every sin into account along with all the secrets of men’s hearts.
2. There seems to be a knowledge of this fact and men persist in their wickedness
3. The ultimate standard of judgment
1) Is Jesus Christ our Lord
2) See: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. Acts 17:31
3) According to Paul’s Gospel!
4. It is a marvel that as we read this and come to realize that all men alike are held up to an impossible standard, Jesus Christ, that we discover the standard is also our standard bearer.
1) The very judgment determined on all without exception is
2) Was endured by Him on the Cross and
3) We become the objects of mercy and grace as a result. That is Gospel indeed!