God Doesn’t Play Favorites

God Doesn’t Play Favorites     (Romans 2:1-11)     *All verses in NKJV*

Romans 2:1-11, 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; 10 but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God.

1. Don’t be a hypocrite.

Hypocrite: A word taken from the Greek word meaning “an actor” or “a stage player”, It then took on an extended meaning to refer to any person who was wearing a figurative mask and pretending to be someone or something they were not.

– A hypocrite is someone who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings. A person who is pretending to be someone of virtue but lives a lifestyle of sin.

– When you don’t practice what you preach, it completely discredits your message. The message may be biblical truth, but your contradictory behavior tells people it’s a lie.

– Example: Several people this month arguing why Christianity is false or harmful, using people’s actions in the name of Jesus as the evidence. (Burning crosses, adulterous TV preachers, We say we are loving but we openly hate on gay people, liberals, and Hilary Clinton…)

– I always tell people, “God’s standard is true and consistent, even if his people don’t have the ability to live up to it.”  But I haven’t seen it change anyone’s mind about the hypocrisy of Christians.

– Matthew 7:1-5, “Judge not (condemn not), that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

– Don’t be quick to point out the faults of others, or write them off because they have screwed up. Extend forgiveness because you want forgiveness from others when you mess up too.

– If you don’t recognize your own sin and failures, why would anyone listen to you about theirs?

– Don’t forget, the brother still has a speck in his eye that needs to be dealt with! Just because the messenger is a hypocrite, doesn’t mean his message about your sin is not true!

Romans 2:1-3, 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? 

– Are you “practicing the same things”  or similar sins, knowing it’s sin? Rebellion, fornication, gossiping and talking about people behind their backs, making promises or commitments that you know you are not going to keep, being jealous and envious of other people’s stuff….

– You need to understand the difference between “struggling with sin” and “lifestyle of sin”.

Example: I got a speeding ticket in Canada, not surprised or upset, I knew the consequences…

– I saw the sign and deliberately disobeyed it. I can’t get mad at receiving the punishment.

– It doesn’t matter how many other cars are speeding and not getting tickets. You are responsible for you, and your own behavior.

James 4:17, Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Romans 14:12, So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.

2. God’s grace should lead you to repentance.

– Romans 2:4, Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

– Forbearance means patient self-control, restraint, and tolerance.

– Longsuffering means having patience in spite of troubles, especially those caused by other people.

– What is your excuse when to act like you can be rebellious in the face of God’s patient restraint?

1 Peter 3:9, The Lord is not slack (slow) concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

– Don’t mistake God’s mercy for permission. Or think, because the consequence doesn’t come, what you are doing must be okay.

– Don’t be complacent in your faith. God’s grace is NOT a “get out of jail free” card.

Romans 6:1-2, What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 

– I see people do small things they know are wrong because they are sure there will be no punishment. As if it is too much effort to do the right thing if they don’t really have to.

Example: While running on the trail I see a sign, “Please clean up after your dog.” With bags of poop sitting right next to it, multiplying each day.

– Small sins will lead to big sins. (The Capitol riot or shoplifting in San Francisco. They are not stealing food for their baby.)

Eph 1:7-8, In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,

– We must have God’s grace to have redemption and salvation. Do not take it for granted.

3. God doesn’t play favorites.

– Romans 2:5-11, But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent (unrepentant) 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; 10 but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God.

– Everyone who patiently seeks to do good and righteous things will receive peace and eternal life.

– Everyone who is disobedient and self-seeking will receive tribulation, anguish, and wrath.

– Many Jews thought that because they were God’s people, they didn’t need to worry about judgement, and that their sins would not be punished like the sins of the Gentiles would be.

– Many modern-day Christians fall under the same complacent assumption. They misuse phrases like “Grace wins every time.” “God is love.” and “He paid it all on the cross.” to free them of the responsibility for their sin. “I can’t do anything to earn it.” That doesn’t mean you can’t disgrace it.

– It is true that no one can meet the standard on their own, but that should make us value and respect grace even more. Without it we would be doomed to destruction.

Hebrews 10:26-27, For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment…

Gal 6:7, Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

– Right is right and wrong is wrong. It doesn’t matter who is doing it.

– The road to salvation is the same for everyone. We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

– You can’t earn it, but you have a responsibility to act on it. Believing it should change your life.

– This Christian life is about heart condition, not trying to get around the rules on a technicality.

– Accept, believe, confess, and repent of your sins.

– prayer –

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