Text: Romans 2:5-10
But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
Romans 2:5 “against the day of wrath” – The day when Jesus will return to claim His bride and the tribulation will begin
- Also referred to as the “Day of the Lord” in the Scriptures (Isa.13:6-13)
V Remember, this letter is being written to the “Church at Rome”
· Just because a person goes to church does not make them a Christian
· You are not saved or unsaved based on your church membership
V Paul is being very direct about the mindset of the church, and how we are to approach those who have not yet believed as well as those who are not yet mature in their faith.
Romans 2:6 “Who will render to every man according to his deeds:”
- There will be two judgments
· Each one of us will be dealt with according the Scriptures
- Salvation has already been clearly described in
Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
- Statements like the one found in Romans 2:6 can be misleading and maybe even confusing, if we isolate them from the other parts of this passage.
- The Apostle is describing salvation (justification) to Jews. It is fitting that he would appeal to their sense or religion.
Romans 2:7 “patient continuence”
- Romans 8:24-25 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
- A constant contentment of blessed assurance
· This accompanies our gift of salvation
“in well doing seek glory and honour”
- For Christ, NOT self!
- This is another feat that is impossible in the power of our flesh
- Having sought out the Gospel and trusted in Christ for salvation
“eternal life” – this is what will be rendered according to the deeds of the redeemed
- This is a result of justification
- This is an impossibility without redemption
- If we received justice in this matter there would only be ONE who would have eternal life… JESUS!
Romans 2:8-9 – In these verses the person who has not been redeemed is described by the obvious things that will accompany his nature and disposition, and what will be rendered as a result of righteous judgment.
“contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness,”
- Those who are ruled and consumed by sin
· Note: there is a difference in struggling to mortify the ‘old man’ and relinquishing full control to him.
“indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish,”
[indignation]: anger of a superior
[wrath]: violent effects of anger
[Tribulation]: Severe affliction; distresses of life; vexations.
[anguish]: Extreme pain, either of body or mind.
“to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile”
- He recognizes that they were God’s chosen people, but that it now also applies to the Gentile.
- He is also highlighting the fact that because they received it FIRST, they should be informed and practicing and sharing it with others as he was.
“BUT glory, honour, and peace”
- Each of these terms describes Heaven in a different way.
· Glory: we will be privileged to be in the presence of His glory
Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
· Honour: we are the children of the king, we will be honored as such when we receive our inheritance for eternity
§ We will rule and reign with Christ for 1,000 years – Honor!
· Peace: all of the struggles and battles of this life with be passed, and we will have perfect bodies, free from the scars and desires of sin.
“to every man that worketh good”
- “good” is impossible without redemption
· Again, inserting the “goodness” of man into the idea of maintaining one’s salvation is an arrogant misnomer!
- The fact that some are described as “good” is proof positive of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God
“to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile”
- Again, balance and order of delivery
· Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
“For there is no respect of persons with God”
- His judgment cannot be corrupted by anyone.
- God does not favor any of us over any others.
- The judgment He will make is, “Are we sinners or saints?”