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Summary: Romans 2:1-11

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God’s Righteous Judgment and Kindness

(1) You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. (2) Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. (3) So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? (4) Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?

(5) But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. (6) God "will give to each person according to what he has done."

(7) To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. (8) But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. (9) There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; (10) but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. (11) For God does not show favoritism.

Who is the biggest sinner you know?

You should always be the biggest sinner you know.

(v 1-3) (1) You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. (2) Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. (3) So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?

If I am the biggest sinner I know, and I completely believe it, then I should be focusing all my time and efforts on my sin and not someone else’s.

God doesn’t care what we think about someone else and there sins, He cares about what we think about our personal sin. He cares about what we are doing about it.

If you’re not the biggest sinner you know then it will be very difficult for you to become all that God wants you to become. If you feel that there are people out there that are bigger sinners than you, then it allows you a place of comfort. You will feel like you are maybe a step above others. And you’re not. The fact is we are all in the same boat together as sinners.

In Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"

Now the good news is that as Christians we are taken from that boat and put in another that is more sea worthy.

We know that as Christians that we are called to help our fellow brothers and sisters when they are in sin. We are even supposed to confront them in a loving way if they are having a problem seeing it. But that isn’t what Paul is talking about here. Paul is talking about the unconstructive judgment of others when we are just as guilty of sin ourselves.


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John Gullick

commented on Nov 20, 2007

zak - I got some good points from this sermon but was surprised that you nevr described what the sermon was about. Perhaps that could be useful. thanks.

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