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Judging and Being Judged

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October 30, 2017 10:47 am

Judging and Being Judged

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October 30, 2017 10:47 am

Dr. John H. Munro October 29, 2017 Romans 2:1-11 Rather than passing immediate judgment, God extends mercy and kindness to allow us the opportunity to repent. Yet, we often take His grace for granted, harshly judging others instead of repenting ourselves.

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Has anyone ever judged you. I don't mean by a judge in a court of law over some of you have had that experience but have you ever been judged by friends, by a colleague, a family member. Perhaps even a stranger, perhaps even a brother or sister in Christ when you were judged by that individual did you consider it fair to give to deal with a mean the false a very harsh accusation was that was that experience for you to master another question ever judge someone when you fair in your judgment as you made that judgment did you feel that you had all of the evidence or did you jump to a conclusion. Did you base your judgment of that individual on some gossip at you with hurt. Proverbs 18 verse 17 the one who states his case first seems right until the other comes and examines him in a court of law. The attorney has a right to examine the witness, but the opposing counsel lawyer does cross examination wisdom in this verse. Sometimes we hear something of this seems right, but then when the other person comes and presents their case.

We realize that our judgments may have been very very unfair in the passage this morning. Paul deals with the subject of us, judging others, and also of being judged by God yes will tend to judge others. If the truth be told, and it is certainly true that we will be judged by God to call this message. Judging and being judged as we look at the first 11 verses of Romans chapter 2 Romans chapter 2 is part of the larger opening section which begins in verse 18 of chapter 1 and goes on to verse 20 of chapter 3 foot Paul is demonstrating painstakingly but also brilliantly is demonstrating that every single person all of humanity is guilty before God.

The latter half of chapter 1. As we saw over the last two weeks, Paul has established the guilt of the pagans faced with the revelation of God in creation what happens. Paul said they suppress the truth about God and instead of worshiping the true God, which is been revealed to them in creation, they substitute false gods guilty of idolatry and immorality on depravity. As we saw last week. God then abandons them to the downward spiral of sin and last week as we dealt with a depraved society. I know some of you were thinking well I'm not like that.

I'm a moral person. I'm a good person. I'm nice. I got ethics and the amateurs today. Admittedly, I'm not perfect person but I'm certainly not like these people who commit to that shameless immorality. These people deserve the judgment of God. Paul is quite right. But I'm glad you brought this up because Paul's got something to say to you, and the individual that Paul was addressing in Romans chapter 2 may be Jewish or Gentile. Suddenly the end of the chapter he's dealing with Jews, but irrespective of their background whether the Jew or Gentile.

It is clear as we come to chapter 2 that were dealing with a different kind of person than Paul deals with in chapter 1. The person in chapter 2 on the face of it is quite a nice person. He's got some religion. These nights is is respectable.

He doesn't at least on the face of it seemed to be guilty of the depravity of the immorality of the idolatry that we have in chapter 1, we can say this could be a professing Christian. This could be a cultural Christian to be someone like sitting here today on the face of it, everything seems rather good. But in verse one of chapter 2 when Paul says all mine is referring to this religious man this mortal man. This nice man in our culture. This individual that Paul is addressing what we could say could be baptized. They may send the children to the VBS celebrates Christmas and they said of course may come to a church like Calvary church every Sunday, but God's verdict on that individual. In chapter 2 is redundancy is the same as his verdict is in chapter 1 in chapter 1 verse 20 Paul says regarding to the people who suppress the truth that God reveals in creation. He says to them as you stand before God. You have got no excuse so therefore they are without excuse. And what does he says he begins in chapter 2, verse one. Therefore you have no excuse all mine. Every one of you who judges for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge practice the very same things that's convicting is little easier for us to be here last week's message and say well I'm not like that. This chapter is a very important chapter because Paul is setting out the principles of the judgment of God. Yes will rather good at judging others on three.

It can be fun passing judgment on people, they can be fun listening to some gossip and jumping for some conclusion and making a judgment about people, particularly judging people who commit sins that we ourselves on commit and that makes us feel so good… Don't be quite so quick. I want you to know that every single one of us is accountable to God. Yes, you, whoever you are, whether you are the individual who is involved this morning in blatant immorality and that your lights are literature on whether he was a rather respectable person you all of us. Yes, including the preacher will stand before God. Paul is saying that this divine judgment subject we don't like to think about it's real and it is inescapable. And Paul is explaining the criteria by which God judges us our judgments is often very very unfair. God's judgment is always correct and I think Paul as he writes here in chapter 2 is drawing from his vast experience of interacting with Jew and Gentile, dealing with the various objections to the gospel of the grace of God and his arguments here in chapter 2 I think are brilliant and irrefutable. First of all in the first five verses God's judgment is based on truth, God's judgment is based on truth, was treated for five verses. First of all, of Romans chapter 2 visiting with us. We welcome you where going through the book of Romans was in fact is the eighth message in the series next week. Have a break two weeks from now we will look from verse 12 let's read the first five verses of Romans to therefore you have no excuse all men everyone of you who judges for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge practice the very same things we know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who do such things do you suppose a man, you who judge those who do such things you do them yourself that you will escape the judgment of God, or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance. But because of your heart and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed in the Bible. Yes, it is Romans two verses one through five. God judgment is based on truth, God is a God of truth German judgments.

German justice is often an adequate sometimes people commit a crime, do something wrong in the never detected to get away with it. Sometimes people are detected by they may escape the jurisdiction of the court, they may get off on a technicality. They may come to court and people lie on the north, they fabricate evidence. Sometimes judges and juries are biased. Sometimes people take an oath to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and then lie commit perjury.

They lie, they must remove misrepresent you know if you have anything to do with the justice system, the court system that human justice is not perfect that often miscarriages of justice. Guilty people are acquitted. Innocent people are sometimes convicted people lie law enforcement officer sometimes fabricate evidence, judges can be bribed lawyers can manipulate the system. German justice is far from perfect. We are unrighteous. But Paul is talking not about human justice is talking about divine justice in God's righteous God is perfect God is just in his essence and in everything he does do that on May 30 two verse four the rock.

His work is perfect for all his ways are justice, a God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just an upright seat.

One thing we can say absolutely irrespective of the kind of judgment. You dispense another's are the kind of justice that we have in our legal system. This is true God's justice is absolutely perfect. He knows everything about everything you knows your heart. You can't hide from God. You can't escape from God is a God of truth.

It is impossible for God to lie in his judgment is always based on truth is based on reality. It looks right through all of the phony defense mechanisms and their hypocrisy that we present now. This individual in verse one is outwardly moral.

Here is the judge she's judging others. Paul calls on the judge and he says that therefore I think he's going back to chapter 1, verse 18. What does that say chapter 118. The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who buy good unrighteousness suppress the truth.

This person in chapter 2 verse one Paul says that at the end of the rest practice is the very same things is just as bad only condemns others, we see that in verse three that we saw at the end of chapter 2 that the depraved person he wants the approval of others and their sins was a kind of individual is so depraved. His mind is so debased he wants others to participate in his sin, but this man, the moral man the religious fellow. He kinda hides his sin and that his speciality is being judgmental and condemning others government the judgmental individual.

Take a look in the mentor which one of us would say that we have never pass judgment on another individual and have been guilty of the same things easy this man that Paul now deals with in chapter 2 is easy. Listen to Paul deal with the depravity of society and that downward spiral of sin. He said yes I agree with you Paul.

These are sinners parallelism often offer these people pulses that is a quick basic quick. Have you noticed how we often justify our own wrongdoing by judging those who, in our opinion the worst things, why do we judge and criticize others. It makes us feel good about ourselves than we we feel good. It's listen to that juicy gossip print repeater to make judgments about someone that person in your your office that family member that brothers or sisters that comes here to Calvary and you think it a bit superior to them.

If the truth be known, feeling down on that individual.

Why is it Paul is say why is it your sword judgmental and critical of others. When you are so far from perfect yourself.

There's a cartoon I saw here is a couple going to one of our pastors for counsel, you can make out which pastorate is he's the fellow on the left. The counseling sessions took a major turn when Larry the man was finally able to admit the real cause of the troubled marriage and as I saw that the having met with many couples over the years. I thought her to.

It's amazing isn't it, how we can so quickly pointing to the fault of others and be totally oblivious and buying total involved member Jesus talked about individual using a little sporadic and your brothers I would bothers you, you gossip about you tell people about it and you forget you've got this huge 2 x 4 in your own.

I regret to say this but I'm going to say it. I think we need to hear it. Some of the most judgmental, self-righteous, mean-spirited and critical person I've met in my life would be professing Christians. Why is it that the Church of Jesus Christ would be known as judgmental.

Why is it that so many unbelievers. Yes, you can say the putting up arguments just to rationalize that on conduct that may be true, but isn't there a lot of truth that when unbelievers say I'm really switched off the church because you come across as so judge mental so self righteous will surprise you that there are people who would not come to Calvary church because they feel they're going to be judged by you and that person come to Calvary church when they committed such and such a sweet, how dare they come here when they did such and such with a surprise. You happens Church of Jesus Christ were Jesus eyes were to be known for our love but we judge we judge them. We gossip about them. We slander them.

We forget that Jesus says in Matthew seven verse one judge not that you be not judged. Let me ask you, yes you, why are you so quick to judge others. Why are you so harsh on others.

Why are you such a busybody, who and who is so quick to believe the worst about people who are so quick to listen to the latest gossip around and why is it when were on the subject. Why is it that you hear all of this trash and some other people don't. With those that say about your policy. Why are you so lenient on yourself and so harsh and critical about that other person always asking really. Who do you think you are Paul's penetrating and convicting point and it is very very convicting.

I find it very very convicting, and I reads Romans chapter 2 and I hope you, isn't it true that the most scathing denunciation of our Lord Jesus and the gospel was not against the prostitutes was not against the tax collectors.

Although the tax collectors were often corrupt and fraudulent and certainly were sinful. Why was his scathing denunciation, not on these centers, but on the religious establishments with our self-righteousness without pride using their religion as a cloak upright Parker say outwardly, looking very very good, but inwardly says Jesus your corrupt, corrupt hypocrites is what Paul says in verse one. You, the judge used the individual who is pass judgment on that other person says Paul you practice the same things is a rollaway whaler.

Wait a minute John that that can be true in the through the teaching of Jesus in chapter 1, Paul has talked about murder. Paul has talked about immorality. So before you start excusing yourself.

Remember what Jesus says Jesus said about the one who at hatred in his heart against another. Jesus says that individual is guilty of murder.

Here is another man, he has never actually committed the physical act of adultery but he likes a woman over and over again with a very lustful heart Jesus as that person. That man is guilty of adultery is not pulses.

Here in verse two that God's judgment is always right it rightly falls it is always, according to truth. Unlike your judgment and mine. It is always perfect in this section, and when you are harshly judging others. Paul's point is you really condemning yourself. You also there's one without excuse.

When you stand before God.

You have no excuse and there's no escape for this moral person but God never asked some questions in verse three. Do you suppose all my you judge those who do such things and do them yourself that you will escape the judgment of God. Do you really think that you will escape the judgment of God, but no one following you, because you're different from the person in chapter 1 that you all you guys are a respectable person.

Do you really think God is going to apply a different standard to you.

You think about a personal view I'm talking to you.

Do you really think you are the exception. I understand you use a nice person you are, humanly speaking, not a bad person, but God knows your heart. I know your heart you know my heart. But God knows our heart, and Paul is going to end the section in verse 11 says God shows no partiality.

We show partiality were very quick to judge some people and then we make excuses for others. German judges if you find anything to do with them. Show partiality there like some people better than others. Their failure to some attorneys than the others are very harsh with some people.

They have taught their biases and prejudice God's knowledge that tall. Every single one of us when we stand before God will be treated absolutely fairly God has no favorites understand this, your baptism, your confirmation or taken communion. Your your membership at Calvary you're singing in the car.

Your leadership in the church. Your Christian heritage they give you no exception from the judgment of God.

It is true that the pagan who sees the revelation of God in creation suppresses the truth. But this person in chapter 2 also turns from the truth. Paul's point is that both are under the judgment of God. Jonathan Edwards writes almost every natural man that hears of hell flatters himself that he will escape it. Paul is saying verse three.

Do you suppose a man, you who judge those who do such things, and yet do them yourself that you will escape the judgment of God, who do you think you are just thinking that way you're utterly deluded. Matthew seven verse two Jesus says, for with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. This individual in chapter 2 thinks that he can live as he likes is quick to condemn the person in chapter 1 is quick to condemn the pagan is quick to condemn the homosexual. He's quick to condemn the idolater and the feels he's their friends.

But Jesus is saying, through Paul, but as you do that in the fact you are showing contempt to God. Look at verse four. Do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance. Ask has God been trying to has God been merciful to you as God being patient to think of constipation problem is, if taken for granted and that God's patience and God's mercy and God's kindness to you to know why he's doing that he is giving you opportunity after opportunity after opportunity to repent to get right with him instead of immediately coming on you and judgment as you desire. God has been kind to you. God is been merciful to you God as being very very patient and instead of God's patience, leading you to repentance.

Instead of that patient's you wake up in your eyes. God is so patient with me that you would drip repent of your sin. Instead of that you're being reinforced in your sin, you begun to rush my shifts in the new thought well the substance of bad that when I started this relationship.

I felt a bit bad about that but lightning hasn't struck you heightened is not supplied, maybe in your being reinforced in your sin, and then your judgmental attitudes. I know when this happens you are presuming on the grace of God in policy that is very, very dangerous. You really think that you can continue in your sin, but none of us innovative use of a well respected member of Calvary church when we don't know about your sent yes but you do and God has given you opportunity to repent of that sin but you instead of taking that goodness and kindness of God as an evidence of his grace to you. You have presumed on that grace and you have said to God that some people have said to me well. I know this is sinful and I know one day I should repent of it, but I will decide when I repent. Meantime, I'm just going to continue in this corrupt business part practice. I'm going to continue in my pornography. I'm going to continue in my about a holiday I'm going to continue in this judgmental I did it and at some point, as I understand that it's wrong and at some point when I decide I will repentance was what Paul says in verse five. How you described your heart heart and in print. Just storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed. You have us follow signs of security of the story Jesus told of the Pharisee and the tax collector. The parable is the rent up to the temple. He says in chapter 18 of Luke verse nine he told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous. Anyone here trust in yourself that you righteous and treated others with contempt and that judgment your treating others with contempt. There are also souls for whom Christ died. Yes, they are sinful. That is right but you're treating him with repent and so as these two men going to the temple. The Pharisees full of himself. He loves to pray always the first to put up his hand in the life group to pray because he's mastered all of the clichés and he thanks God that he didn't do this. He doesn't do that now he he he she fasts he he gives his ties and is sadly not like that tax collector. There, thank God I'm not like him do this is the tax collector doesn't even look he's he's humbled in the B&C's breast safeguards, the merciful. To me, the sinner. Jesus said, is that man that went to his house justified. Don't say I'm not like the Pharisee to the pharmacy didn't realize it was like that failure to repent creates greater judgments for you. Verse five US storing apparat for yourself.

Yes there are degrees of punishment member. The Lord says in Matthew 11 regarding compound them with all of inside privileges. He says the Capernaum it will be more tolerable in the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you with pulsing warm icing today. Get right with God. Look within.

Stop judging others can ask you to stop condemning others is a well John you you preach very strongly last week against certain conduct.

Yes, it is one thing explaining from Scripture that such conduct is wrong and sinful is another thing. Judging judging and condemning that person.

God is the one who judges yes we are with grace with truth speaking the truth in love, we are to explain to her children to those who ask in the spirit of service, three, or of influence what is right and what is wrong, but this judgmental attitudes something that we need to repent of when to be wonderful if Calvary church was known in this community as a place where people who are struggling people who have sin.

People who have broken people may stop and that they come and they will know that here they will receive the love of God and the grace of God and the forgiveness of God rather than people think and Calvary church is a place that says all in knowing who you don't fit in here. How dare you come here the church is composed of people like you and me. Jesus himself said northern come to call the righteous, the self-righteous, but sinners to repentance is what Paul is saying here that this kindness and mercy of God, should lead us to repentance was repentance is a change of mind.

It's a change of mind, leading to a change of action and direction in life is an understanding that I John Monroe you put in your name that you deserve the judgment of God, and that while it so easy for us to judge others and that to others and to condemn other people to make ourselves so good and gossip about them and to slander them that we need to repent that this judgment of God is based on truth and that certain is true is appointed unto men once to die, and after this judgment, but notice also look at verses six through 10 God's judgment is not only based on truth. It is based on works is the old John careful was free for the Scripture says, Romans two, verse six through 10 look to the first five verses keep it in mind, but wasn't finished, he will render to each one according to his works. To those who by patience and well-being seek for glory and honor and the mortality will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness. There will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.

For God shows no partiality. God's judgment is based on works.

Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

But God's judgment is based on works.

And Paul is saying here. Failure to repent. Failure to get right with God leads to certain judgments at this impartial judgment of God is based on your works. Verse six he will render to each one according to his works that may surprise you but listen to what couple of verses in the Old Testament and the couple in the new Psalm 62 Sam 62 verse 12 Simon says, and that to you Lord belongs steadfast love for you will render to a man, according to his work and again Jeremiah Jeremiah 17 verse 10 many of you are familiar with verse nine which are regional reads right onto verse 10. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick. Who can understand it. I the Lord search the heart of this is the Lord Tuesday.

The judgment I test the mind to give every man according to his ways. According to the fruits of his deeds. And then in the New Testament. Here is our Lord in Matthew chapter 16 Matthew 16 verse 27 for the Son of Man is going to come with his angels, and the glory of his father and then. It was then he will repay each person according to what he has done.

Revelation 20. We saw this as we went through revelation a few months ago.

Revelation 20 verse 12 and I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the book of life and the dead were judged by what was written in their books are called during to what they had done at the sea gave up the dead who were in it, death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them and they were judged, each one of them according to what they had done is fall denying salvation by grace alone.

Absolutely not to say that is preposterous, having regard to the teaching of Romans no. In Romans chapter 2 Paul is not writing about the basis of our salvation is going to expunge that in a little while he's talking about the basis not on salvation but the basis of judgment.

Salvation is all of grace. Judgment is based on what you deserve is based on works. You can rely on this, that every single person every single person no exception when it is the pagan the moral person or whoever the Jew or Gentile. Every person in hell deserves to be there. Everyone in heaven or should I say no one in heaven deserves to be there. It's all of God's grace without God's grace. All of us are under the condemnation of God.

Why because we have sin and are very life are very active to the ready, judgmental attitudes demonstrate that we have sins and Paul's point is this is one that we tend to glide over that unrepentant sin will reap its rewards judgment of God.

Know the teaching of the Scriptures this that the individual who has authentic faith saving faith in Jesus Christ individual who has truly repented and trusted Christ for is changed and that good works follow authentic faith. James is going to make a bet about it clear there is a faith that is an intellectual faith is a false faith which is empty, which is hollow but true saving faith results in the change of life that good works are demonstration and evidence of authentic faith in Jesus Christ. How we live is an outward expression of our faith in Christ.

This is a problem. Many of us have grown up in a kind of cultural Christianity, where as long as you say a little prayer euro rights is very easy to profess your following Jesus to make a veritable statement that you have received Christ as your Savior, but for there to be no change in your life who can an individual who is born again by the spirit of God, who is indwelt by the Spirit of God, the very spirit of Jesus. How can that individual continue to live as they once lived. When Jesus saves us he saves us from our sins. Not that we would continue in our sins, but you think you can follow Jesus in their own terms. Do you think that you're safe from the judgment of God because one day you said a little prayer and there's been no change in your life and there really is no difference from the way you live to the way the unbelieving neighbor lives. Jesus says in Matthew seven verse 20. You will recognize them.

You will know them by their fruits was teaching the membership class yesterday and said to them, if I say I love my wife as I do. My wife says while John is good with words.

It's nice to hear but like most wives she doesn't want just to hear words she wants to see action and if I say I love my wife but there's no evidence of love and sensitivity and care. My wife is going to wonder, does John really love me.

He says he does but there is no evidence of that.

Jesus says if you let me know do what will keep my commands imperfectly will believe in sinless perfection but notice the difference in verses seven and eight here authentic followers of Jesus do want verse seven. Those who by patience and welldoing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. I ask you, are you living for the glory of God. Are you living with an eye to eternity. Living for things not seen. Know they're not trusting in the good works to get to heaven. Absolutely not.

But those who are saved by the grace of God. Paul says in Ephesians 2, verse 10 that we are created for good work.

We are his workmanship, created for good works that we should walk in them. God has prepared for us these good works that we should walk in them.

I was about the inauthentic believer.

Verse eight what characterizes them self seeking self seeking how they may take the name of Jesus because they think if they say there are believers will get a better job God will give them more money.

It'll be nice, but it's all about them.

Their personal success, their self-worth, it's all about me as their selfish ambition, self-seeking notice what Paul says do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness. The same word that we have in chapter 1 verse 18 for them. There will be wrath and fury for his a question, you will be in Christ you living a life of regions not perfect and pigeons but is your life submitted to the Lordship of Christ or are you obeying on righteousness as a headwind you into obey unrighteousness. Well, you have is I have these sinful desires launcher are they dictating how you live.

Overall your life that that's how you live there setting the pace there setting the agenda live.

That is the case of that is the general tenor of your life, you have to ask yourself do I really know Christ.

Paul is describing in verse eight and nine people who outwardly seem nice, but there self-seeking, and Paul says they will experience God's wrath and I'm asking you today to examine your life, your spouse's life, not your parents. Life your children's life of the life of those around you your your life when you take this very, very personal, WR's closed by singing, asking God to set your hearts as David the end of Psalm 39 search of your garden. See time is is any wicked way in me, as we we can be so blind contrary to our own sins and rationalize them by looking at the sins of others and ask yourself this question, what evidence is there in my life. Authentic followers of Jesus. Submission being in making authentic followers of Jesus Christ.

Are you authentic are you just hamburger your phony you playing apart what what evidence is there that you are truly following Jesus. Authentic faith produces a change in authentic faith impacts the marriage but not the heart but remember verse 11 for God shows no partiality known thing because you were raised in a Christian home, but you come to Calvary church that you are the exception know what all in this together.

Member God's judgment is the same to Gentile God has no favorites. Each one of us will stand before God left ourselves. All of us are without excuse is why really should stop pointing the finger at others condemning others are condemning yourself each one of us here is in desperate need of God's salvation is in desperate need of God's grace, asking you to take a long hard look at yourself in the light of Scripture. I trust in the conviction of the spirit of God and if you are one of these self-righteous judgmental critics in God's name will you stop when my prayers were calmer churches that we would be a church in this community and our broken community. Yes, so tomorrow depraved community as we saw last week, but that we would be known as people who are true to Scripture, but are also people who love God and to love others and believe in the grace of God. Paul says listen, I'm the chief of sinners.

You see yourself like chief of sinners to ask God to melt your own heart. God judgment is based on truth is based on works. Stop being deceived. Judging others you may well be far more guilty of sins, far worse than those that you're pointing out to others, will he repent will you for the heart, impenitent heart.

Some of you today have been presuming on God instead of the goodness of God than the kindness of God and the patience of God and the mercy of God leading you to repentance is just been reinforcing you and your sin and you think you will choose the time when you get right with God. No, you don't know if you'll get that opportunity. And if your heart is hard today and you continue to resist the work of the spirit. It will get harder and harder today if you hear his voice, do not harden your heart have the humility to come in a broken, humble, repentant heart confessing your sin. Paul is going to say so wonderfully in Romans 321 but now the righteousness of God. That's what we need to we are unrighteous.

We obey unrighteousness, but not of the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the law and the prophets book been witness to come. Can we get this righteousness was Luther's great question. He says 322 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe how wonderful for all believe for you and for me, whoever you are, whatever you assess yourself in the light of Romans with its Romans one the Romans to whoever you are, that his forgiveness as you repent of that sin and cry out to God you pray with me as we sing this closing hymn, God will melt your heart.

Some of your true followers of Christ we become very judgmental. You become very critical. We ask God to forgive you and to bring grace to your home into your relationships. Some of you have not yet trusted Christ but your eyes be open to your sin may you understand the judgment is coming to you. If privileged you've heard this message. Some of you were raised in a Christian home, but you've never yet trusted Christ you cry out to Christ and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ be saved.

Father searches convict us cleanse us from our sin. Father all of us hereunder or condemnation apart from your grace. Thank you for the Lord Jesus Christ, that good man that Luther wrote in that wonderful hymn a good man who comes from heaven, our Lord Jesus Christ, and that your grace is greater than our sin that Christ is greater than our enemy that the light shines into the darkness of the spells it may the light of your word in the light of your spirits shine in our hearts, melting them father saving us cleansing us for giving us renewing us.

We pray in Christ name

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