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Expound: Romans 1:24-2:29 - Part C

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June 2, 2022 6:00 am

Expound: Romans 1:24-2:29 - Part C

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June 2, 2022 6:00 am

God doesn't let sin slide, but He is incredibly patient with us. In this message, Skip shares about how God's kindness in our failures and mistakes leads us right back to Him.

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Hey when you see God being patient with somebody else. Don't mistake that God isn't being lenient with the persons being patient with that person was patient with you I gave you a break you now believe it was a time you were following him based on your phone in your Fraser doing all sorts of nasty stuff and now you're a believer. Hallelujah. Now what about other people. If God wants to be patient to that person. Why would you this God is with you soon, but he is long-suffering and forgive in today on connect with Skip Heitzig Skip shares insight with you about God's goodness, and loving, patient. Now we want to tell you about a recent stronger in your faith trials, temptation, and the time of the major themes of free booklets for voyeur height that were making available this month correctly there's one with more of this bond into.

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Forgive online securely chapter Skip Heitzig starts today said thousands of people killing anybody themselves, not not throwing spears to people themselves think through the spirit through each other but they would happily go to the Coliseum and watch violence displayed in front of them.

They would enjoy it vicariously and they would applaud they would approve those things you are going to kill the gladiator got gored by that ball. Some of the lion tore them apart. Vicious, violent, cruel, horrible approving of those who do those things now.

Today you can sit in your living room and you can stream a series on Netflix and you can see via sin, sexuality, and murder and applied for the characters approving of the bike save approve because you pay for your paying the monthly fee to get that series downloaded so we have to be very careful so I would never do that but I will applaud those who do that not only do the same but also approve of those who practice now having gone through chapter 1 painting that that horrible picture of the pagan world, you would have a group of people listening to bongo Paul, I agree with everything that you set point their finger at those pagans think those are bad people and they deserve God's judgment. So while they point the finger. There are three fingers pointing back at them and so Paul now addresses the moralistic those who have a higher standard than the pagan world in in chapter 2, verse one. Therefore you are inexcusable 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 the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. We are really good at pointing out other people's false while we ourselves have those faults. I'm convinced that most of the postings on social media, the responses the people gift if they don't like the person. Though they'll say something about point out why that person is wrong and hypocritical. But if you really examine the personal life of the one who posted that you would find the same thing. Memo Jesus taught in in the Gospel of Luke is the two men went up to the temple to pray, a Pharisee and the tax collector and the Pharisee prayed thus with himself as a God.

I thank you that I'm not like other men. I'm not an adult, not an extortion or an and I'm not like that tax collector sprang this out loud to himself.

He said I fast twice a week.

I give tithes of all that I possess socially talking himself up.

He does not see his own sinfulness. His own problems he thinks is great by what he does and Jesus said, but the tax collector would even lift his eyes toward heaven, he stood afar off, and he beat his breath he said oh God, have mercy on me a sinner. Jesus said that man went away justified this man is justifying himself pointing the finger at people like that tax collector the tax collector. Jesus said, is justified. So yes, we can point fingers at people's behavior, but we can never pinpoint what's going on in their hearts to God So one was pointing the finger at the tax collector.

God was Jesus was pinpointing the fact that in his heart because he believed and he knew that he wasn't right before God, and cast himself on God's mercy, he went away justified so you you condemn another. Don't you know, you condemn yourself we are hard on our we are hard on others, and soft on ourselves.

When it comes to judgment right you know that's a sort of a basic weakness.

We all have. We are quick to respond. That's wrong and get others to know what will get in Christian circles, it seems it's okay to gossip and lie and slander, but just don't smoke cigarettes or drink that beer. Wait a minute that's incongruous that's hypocritical right and in this is what the self-confident moralist hopes hopes that God will be soft on him softer than he is on others because he's hard on. He's hoping that God grades on a curve because he doesn't on earth. You can take a situation and tweak it just a little bit just change a couple of the details and and and is an example. David committed adultery didn't see that ascent at first, until Nathan came to him and told him a story sit Nathan. There's this rich guy and he had all the sheep and he could've taken any one of them in and killed one for supper, but but there was a poor guy who had only one little ewe lamb the love that you lamb was a family pet. They took it to bed at night groomed it washed and the rich guy thought I'm knocking to go on my flocking ends and get a lamb for supper from. I guess I'm in a take that poor man's you lamb and kill it and will have dinner and so Nathan's telling this to David and David gets already in the face and angry goes that man will die.

Nathan said really what you ought to know. You are the man you're that guy you have all these wives you have all this wealth God said he would have given you more if you'd only ask for. You took one man's wife and you slept with her, then David broke his sins against God.

Now he sought now, we could see it before he was ready to judge the guy and kill a dude who stole the sheep really capital punishment for stealing the sheep. The largest is restore fourfold basic death penalty. Oh we hear the guy you're the man.

So comes back to bite him and do you think this old man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same you will escape the judgment of God, or do you despise the riches of his goodness is forbearance and long-suffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance it when you see God being patient with somebody else. Don't mistake that God is in being lenient with that person is being patient with that person.

He was patient with you to give you a break you now believe in Jesus. There was a time you were following him you were blown it big time your phone in your face you're doing all sorts of nasty stuff and now you're a believer. Hallelujah. Now what about other people. If God wants to be patient to that person. Why would you despise him for that.

The goodness of God is what leads a person to repentance. But in accordance with your hardness and your in penitent heart.

She's really hammering the more or less high standards but is blown it himself.

You're treasuring up for yourselves wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to each of court one according to his deeds eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory and 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 Jew first and also of the Greek glory, honor and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God. So once again people are hard and others soft on themselves, and when their heart and others you know they call it righteous indignation. We love that term is Christian is just righteous indignation. Maybe could be nothing wrong with that or it could be self-righteous indignation and if it self-righteous indignation, just indignation is just anger, no value, no holy value for with God.

There is no partiality or as many as have sinned without the law. That's the Gentile world will also perish without the law because God's revealed himself in the natural wonders of the world, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the loss even to be judged according to this standard that you live by standard that they had.

If you're Jewish view of the law be judged by that law. If you are in in another country, you have no revelation of God.

You just have the revealed atmosphere cosmos that reveals the power of God. You still have a revelation, a general revelation of God, God will judge according to the standard for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of the sight of God but doers of the law will be justified for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do things contained in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, they have a conscience there thinking thinking that's not right. I shouldn't do that, who show the work of the law are written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by the gospel of Christ. According to my gospel by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

So Paul is saying you guys who have a religious background or religious law or moral law. The law does not make you immune. It does not grant you immunity. You don't get a free pass just because you have the law, and remember in Jesus day there posters were Jewish. We have the law we have the covenant made with Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, you know, raw raw raw. But now, notice the next set of verses.

Verse 17 indeed now is writing to the religionist you are called a Jew, and rest on the law and make your boast in God, and know his will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness and instructor of the foolish teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and truth in the law so notice something he's writing to these Jewish people.

These very religious and in this case self-righteous Jewish people and they say well there's a few things you have the right first about your the right background I said, is indeed your you are called a Jew. Paul boasted that he was Jewish. He gives his testimony in the book of Philippians, a Hebrew of the Hebrews is concerning the law, blameless, so you have the right background that's good.

Check number two you have the right book right because he says you rest on the law, you have the tour raw. The revelation of God through the tour of the law and you have the right business, you make your boast in God you know is will you approve the things that are excellent. You teach others. So you got the right background right book got the right business but the wrong practice right you think you got all these things and that's enough. I'm immune.

All I need is the fact that I am Jewish you therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself verse 21 you preach that a man should not steal, do you see it steel you say, do not commit adultery, do you commit adultery you who abhor idols, do you rob temples you make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law for quoting Scripture. Now verse 24. The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you as it is written, simply sing this. Do you realize that if you as a religious Jew don't practice your Judaism, the Gentiles who look at you are going to dismiss your religion on the basis of typography right so when David did sinned by committing adultery with Bathsheba and Nathan came to him that whole story and the and David Cryer are under sin against God. Nathan said here. Sin is forgiven. God is gonna destroy you because of it, but you need to know this. David because of your actions you have given great occasion for the enemies of the Lord, to blaspheme all these other nations that are going to hear of what you did, you who worship Yahweh you worship the Lord you all those beautiful songs you gave us. David the covenant God made with you, David. Don't you realize that unbelievers looking in her get a look at your hypocritical life and to blaspheme God because of what you did your giving them ammunition or what about a brand member when Abraham went to Pharaoh and and he was with his wife Sarah and Pharaoh took a liking to Sarah Scott. She was very beautiful. It's interesting, Sarah was quite an aged woman at the time. Just keep it at that, but strikingly beautiful and Abraham was so scared instead of saying hey man your honing in on my wife is a well she's my sister. So Pharaoh made a move on her and God said, you move any calls from to kill you. That's this guy's wife who he told me was a sister. So from now on Abraham's reputation was so lead before Pharaoh and before the Egyptians ruined his testimony. Because of that half-truth, which was also a half-life verse 25 for circumcision is indeed profitable if you keep with the law, but if you are a breaker of the law.

You're circumcision that outward sign of an inward change. Circumcision has become an circumcision to very interesting and rabbinical way of writing this truth.

Circumcision is profitable if you keep the law if you're breaker of the law you're circumcision has become on circumcision. So here's the formula that Paul is giving us circumcision minors obedience equals on circumcision just like baptism, minus obedience equals no baptism.

You see, if you are relying on your baptism or ritual.

You went through to be right with God. It's no different than this. So so circumcision is profitable it's it's a good thing it's a good statement you're making. If, but if you are a breaker of the law. It's it's as if you are never circumcised or in the Christian's gaze baptized so let me put it another way, we were married. Your wedding ring is honorable as long as you are faithful to your spouse, but if you are unfaithful to your spouse, just a piece of metal is just an outward thing that does not speak of the inward reality.

There is no inward reality.

That's the idea that verse of circumcision. Therefore, if an uncircumcised man keeps the righteous requirement of the law will not his on circumcision be counted as circumcision so you Jewish people. You can't look at circumcision is sort of a magic charm which they did. I know I'm going to heaven because I'm circumcised. I'm Jewish and I go to the temple. The trust of the ritual, they should have done a little bit deeper in their own Torah their own law in the book of Deuteronomy God says circumcise the foreskin of your heart and don't be stiffnecked any longer is not the out word ritual. I want the heart to be affected because if your heart is not affected in your your stiffnecked your your heart and your recalcitrant against my commandment, your you're not soft to my touch. I can't move you. I can't direct you then circumcision is invalid, circumcise the foreskin of your heart and don't be stiffnecked.

Verse 27 was finish this up and will not the physically uncircumcised, if he fulfills the law judge you who, even with your written code insert circumcision are a transgressor of the law, for he is not a Jew who is one outwardly ignores that circumcision which is outward in the flesh, but he is a Jew who is one inwardly in the circumcision is that of the heart and the spirit not in the letter's praise is not from men but from God so you could you, you could say that about believers in Christ.

A Christian is not one who is one outwardly, who got wet at baptism. You see when you ask a person you had this experience. Are you a believer in Jesus.

Actually, you should phrase the question is what are you a follower of Jesus I believe is no. Are you a follower of Jesus, you'll get answers like this well I've been raised in the church. Nice now answer my question.

Are you a follower of Jesus. Well, I've been baptized in this church.

Okay good answer the question, are you a follower of Jesus Christ and you know how people will him and heart and give you not the answer to that question because following Jesus Christ is what reveals that the heart is been changed. Member outward sign inward change. There's no outward expression in lifestyle one has reason to question the in the outward claim that there is no no evidence of that of that change inward heart praises from men and not from God. So don't be whitewashed be washed white be washed whiter than snow. Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord, even though your sins are scarlet make them white whiter than snow white as well. Don't be whitewashed be washed white let it be real, let it be authentic so he speaks to the pagan the moralist to the religionist in chapter 3. By the end of the chapters in this a look. Basically what I'm saying is all ascend and fallen short of the glory of God. There is none righteous, no not one. So EE paints the picture dark in these few chapters, and then next section will be but the grace of God poured out overflowing always available to anyone who calls on his name and believes so he tells us the bad news. So by the time you get to the good news of the man that news is really good news, but you never know how good it is and so you know how bad it was that conclusive basics message is expound room right now we want to let you know about a special opportunity you have to pursue biblical studies in a way that works with your schedule personal or small group Bible study is a great way to learn God's word. What you want to learn more deeply. Calvin College offers classes in biblical studies classes like Old Testament survey immerse yourself in the entire Old Testament Genesis to Malachi.

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