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Good News To Hear      Rom. 2:1-11; 3:21-26       Sept. 11, 2011



       I am glad I heard the good news as a child. I learned it very well but got it well entrenched in the mind without a commitment from my heart. At the age of 20 an event occurred where several friends were killed in a car accident and that caused me to think and wonder about my commitment and how it acted itself out as only head knowledge. I thought the good news was good news to hear and had a false assurance that I was all right.


1.   Good News To Hear from God’s . . Perception. Rom. 2:1-5

       A.   God Gives His Perception about . . Judging. 2:1-2

1 Therefore, any one of you who judges is without excuse. For when you judge another, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same things.

       2 We know that God’s judgment on those who do such things is based on the truth.


       B.   God Gives His Perception about . . Judgment. 2:3

3 Do you really think—anyone of you who judges those who do such things yet do the same—that you will escape God’s judgment?


       C    God Gives His Perception through His Patience toward the Day of . . Judgement. 2:4-5

       4 Or do you despise the riches of His kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God’s kindness

       is intended to lead you to repentance?

       5 But because of your hardness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of

       wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed.

       We really should know He will and expect God to see things differently than we do because He has a different perception. Our view can become more like His but we must realize He is the Judge and has righteous judgment. When God judges it is based on truth. His perception works out of the basis of truth and that makes a significant difference from how most human beings judge. Men and women may think they can judge others even though they are guilty of committing the very same sins. We need to realized the purpose of God’s kindness is to lead to repentance? All who refuse to repent will store up God’s wrath against them toward the day of judgment.


2.   Good News To Hear from God’s . . Persistence. Rom. 2:6-11

       A.   God Demonstrates His Persistence in . . Rebuking the Unrighteous. 2:6-9

6 He will repay each one according to his works: 7 eternal life to those who by persistence in doing

       good seek glory, honor, and immortality; 8 but wrath and indignation to those who are self-seeking and

       disobey the truth but are obeying unrighteousness;

       9 affliction and distress for every human being who does evil, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek;


       B.   God Demonstrates His Persistence in . . Rewarding the Righteous. 2:10-11

10 but glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does what is good, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.

       11 There is no favoritism with God. HCSB

       Have you ever heard people say they depended on their good works to get them to heaven? Does verse six

support that idea? Of course not! Read the entire chapter and it will be clear all have sinned and only through Christ can anyone be forgiven and go to heaven. But let me share something I discovered one day. If you look up the term, “good works” you will find it is never used with a reference to the works of a non-Christian. You must be in the family of God to do works that God calls good. The works talked about here refer to works of unrighteousness and God will and does rebuke them. At the same time God plans to reward those who did works of righteousness that were prompted by a desire to please God.


3.   Good News To Hear because God . . Presents Christ. 3:21-26

       A.   God Presents Christ and the Facts of . . Redemption in Christ. 3:21-24

21 But now, apart from the law, God’s righteousness has been revealed—attested by the Law and the Prophets 22 —that is, God’s righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction. 23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

       24 They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.


       B.   God Presents Christ and the Facts of . . Righteousness in Christ. 3:25-26

25 God presented Him as a propitiation through faith in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness,

       because in His restraint God passed over the sins previously committed.

       26 God presented Him to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be

        righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus. HCSB

       The Bible clearly says, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” But the gospel presents Christ and the possibility of forgiveness. This forgiveness comes through the redemption of Christ. This redemption does not come through works of mankind but by the grace of God. Because we have received His grace in Christ we can know we are saved and will go to heaven someday. Today I talked with a lady whose best friend died recently. It was a person she talked with on the phone regularly and will miss greatly, but she knows the lady was saved and has gone to heaven. The lady had righteousness in Christ and now receives a reward.