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Practice always outweighs profession as a test of true faith
1 John 1:6
God has no fellowship with darkness
1 John 1:5
John's motivation - his joy, fulfilled through his audience's mutual participation in their fellowship with God and Christ
1 John 1:4
Severed fellowship restored through credible, first-hand prophetic and apostolic witness
1 John 1:3
The Word of Life manifested, witnessed, and proclaimed.
1 John 1:2
Diagramming through the book of 1 John
Diagramming Index for 1 John
The Word of Life fully revealed to the Apostles
1 John 1:1
God acted for His own glory, not for our glory. We benefit, because God wanted to put the riches of His grace on display.
Ephesians 2:1-10
Who is there that does good?
Romans 2:9-10
Eternal life to those who persevere in doing good
Romans 2:7
The just and righteous Judge, rendering just and righteous judgment
Romans 2:6
Why we shouldn't skip the bad news
Romans 2:5
The sin of presuming on God's mercy and grace
Romans 2:4
No one can escape the judgment of God, and everyone stands guilty before Him
Romans 2:3
And we know these things!
Romans 2:2
Self-condemnation - judging others while practicing the same things
Romans 2:1
Paul's Critique of Jewish Presumption
Romans 2:1-5
Those who give hearty approval to sinners
Romans 1:32
The unregenerate Gentiles - inventors of evil
Romans 1:29-31
Train up a child in the way he should go, and he will not depart from it.
Romans 1:29-31
Romans 1:28-31 - Paul's list of "social ills" - haters of God
Romans 1:29-31
God's abandonment to a depraved mind.
Romans 1:28
The men who suppress and reject God's revealed truth.
Romans 1:27
God's judgment on man's rejection of His revealed truth
Romans 1:26
Paul thanks God for Timothy's sincere faith.
2 Timothy 1:3-5
God's grace, mercy, and peace to Paul's beloved son Timothy.
2 Timothy 1:1-2
"The underlying emphasis of the book of Romans is that salvation produces total transformation." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 7:4-5
"If a criminal dies, he is no longer subject to prosecution and punishment, no matter how numerous and heinous his crimes may have been."
Romans 7:1-3
"In chapter 7 Paul expounds the second truth in verse 6:14, that believers are now under grace." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 7:1-6
"Only the Son of God could have paid the cost of salvation. But He calls His followers to pay the cost of discipleship" ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:23
"Without exception, every person who trusts in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is freed from sin and enslaved to God." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:20-22
"God delivers men from enslavement to sin for the sole purpose of their becoming enslaved to Him and to His righteousness." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:19
"After genuine salvation a person will have the innate, Spirit-led desire to know and to obey God's truth." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:17-18
"The unsaved person is not free to do good or evil as he chooses. He is bound and enslaved to sin, and the only thing he can do is sin."
Romans 6:16
"A life that gives no evidence of moral and spiritual transformation gives no evidence of salvation." ~ John MacArthur
Romans 6:15
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Romans 2:8
Wrath and indignation to those who persevere in obeying unrighteousness
Published September 11th, 2020; Updated September 11th, 2020
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Romans 2:8 - Wrath and indignation to those who persevere in obeying unrighteousness
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Romans 2:5-8
i. Critique of Jewish Presumption (2:1-5)
a) because of your stubbornness
[s] and
b) unrepentant heart
you are storing up wrath for yourself
a) in the day of wrath
[s] and
b) revelation
of the ... judgment
of God,
ii. The Impartiality of Judgment (2:6-11)
who will render to each person
according to his deeds:
by perseverance in doing good
to those who ... seek for
a) glory
[s] and
b) honor
c) immortality,
a) eternal life;
[a] but
to those who
a) are selfishly ambitious
[s] and
do not obey the truth, but (-)
b) obey unrighteousness, (+)
a) wrath
b) [s] and
b) indignation.
Romans 2:8 NASB
Romans 2:8
8 but to those who are a selfishly ambitious and b do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation.
Romans 2:8 - Wrath and indignation to those who persevere in obeying unrighteousness
We see in v. 2:8 the only other alternative to eternal life. Those who do NOT persevere in doing good will receive wrath and indignation in the final judgment. These people are driven by selfishness. They have the same sin problem as those described in chapter 1 - having suppressed the truth, and having exchanged it for a lie, they now obey that lie instead of the truth. They worship and serve the creature - themselves - instead of the God who created them. Like Adam before them, driven by self-exhaltation, they are enticed by their own sinful desires, the lie being so much easier to obey than obeying the truth... "Has God REALLY said...?" Like Adam before them, they deny God and His revealed truth, instead of denying themselves and following Christ. Paul makes clear later in Romans that our obedience clearly indicates which eternal reward we are headed to. "Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?" he says in Romans 6:16. To those headed toward the reward of eternal life he says "though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching (truth) to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness" (Romans 6:17-18). Paul is saying the same thing as John, who likewise tells us that there is no middle ground. We are either a child of God, or we are a child of the devil. We are either a slave of sin, or we are a slave of righteousness. The distinction being made by our lifestyle of willful, ongoing, unrepentant sin, or willful, ongoing obedience to the Word of God - "By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God" (1 John 3:10). Is Paul and John saying that a Christian never sins? No. John clearly states in the beginning of his epistle that "if we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us" (1 John 1:8), and that we can and must confess our sin before God, who "is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). But, John also says explicitly that "no one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him" (1 John 3:6). What do we make of this? He says everyone has sin, but that anyone who sins doesn't know God. I believe the distinction is made a few verses later - "little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who PRACTICES righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who PRACTICES sin is of the devil" (1 John 3:7-8). The one who PERSEVERES in doing good will receive eternal life. It is important to notice the form of the verbs used in Romans 2:7-8. In both cases these two people-groups are actively, presently and continuously either persevering in doing good and seeking glory and honor and immortality, or they are actively and continuously persevering in obeying unrighteousness instead of the truth. It is a current and ongoing conscious decision carried out by willing participants. How then do we know if we are truly a Christian headed for eternal life, or if we will also come before God on that day and hear "Depart from me, for I never knew you!" (Matt 7:23)? A Christian actively works (daily time in God's Word - the truth) to know what God commands him to do, and what God commands him NOT to do. He actively makes plans to do what God commands him to do. He actively puts safeguards around him so that he does not do what God commands him NOT to do. He may fail at those tasks at times, but when he does, he feels true godly sorrow at failing his Lord and Savior, goes before Him in humble repentance, confessing his failure, and then seeks renewed strength from God to do better the next time. He then goes straight back to work to learn God's will, and to ensure he does what he is commanded to do and does not do what he is commanded not to do. Does this describe you? If you look at your daily life and everything in it, what are you a slave of? Make no mistake, you are a slave of something, and there are only two possible masters - sin, or righteousness. God, or the devil. Your master is not the one whom you profess with you mouth. It's the one whom you obey minute by minute, day by day, week by week. 2 Peter 2:19 by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.
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