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He will render to each one according to his works – Romans 2:6-11

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He will render to each one according to his works – Romans 2:6-11 – 11/29/2015

Romans 2:6 (ESV) He will render to each one according to his works: 7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8 but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. 9 There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For God shows no partiality.

This is a series in the book of Romans, for the home page in our study and to see other studies then please click here or our main epistle page is here. My aim is to go through the Book of Romans as the LORD wills.

V6 He will render to each one according to his works:

Paul continues his letter with this statement and I don’t know about you, but I instantly have a flashback of all the wrongdoing I have done in my life. This phrase should strike fear in the hearts of the saved and the unsaved alike as well as the one who thinks he is moral as well as the one he thinks as immoral. I am grateful that this is not the end of Paul’s thought because if it was then mankind would be in a sorry state and there would be none of us who would be saved from perishing.

Thankfully that is the God I serve, he is a just God and will punish you for the sin that you have done! Regrettably the worlds philosophy about God is a poly-theistic, multi approach way to heaven philosophy that regardless of what you do, if your good outweighs your bad then you will be assured that God will take it easy on you, but if you have committed a major sin such as murder or divorce then there is nothing you can do to work your way towards salvation. That idea is preposterous and contrary to the saving message of the Bible.
 
If this was the case then what was the point of the cross? Why then did Jesus have to die for our sins in such a graphic, brutal fashion if it was not to save us from eternal damnation? Is the book of Revelation just a sham and there is no “great judgment?” The answer of course to this is that God is truth and the bible lines up and gives the answers to these questions. The answer is found in the scripture John 14:6 and John 3:16-17. Paul continues his thought in the next verse by writing…

V7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life;

 

Here is where Paul states what happens to those who sin and there will be two camps of people, much like the decision that Adam and Eve had to make in Genesis 3, you can either heed the word of God or not and the two camps will be those who believe and seek Gods will and those who go against him.

Paul describes the first camp as those who have the following attributes…

•       Patience
•       Well doing
•       Seeking for glory, honor and immortality
•       Rewarded with eternal life

God richly rewards those who work according to his will, Paul confirms this in the book of Romans chapter 8…

Romans 8:28 (ESV) And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Does that mean that if you become a Christian then everything will be rosy in the garden and that you will have no issues and your life will be free and easy? Not quite no, the rain falls on the righteous and the unrighteous and the temporary things that would stress you out on a day to day basis will be the case for a Christian and non-Christian alike.

If you are bad with money before you accepted Christ then you will still be bad with money, if you struggled with alcohol or drugs before becoming a Christian then it would be better if you stayed away from them after you accept Christ into your life. You won’t suddenly be cured of the decisions that make you who you are and this is what Paul is also saying.

The human nature is that it will be self-seeking, looking for glory, looking for honor and looking for immortality, even when the motives begin with the purest of intentions such as serving the Lord, we may have personal ambition that would creep in and distort what we are doing. We can only be gifted eternal life and that is through a relationship with Jesus Christ, it is not purely by works, good or bad that will seal our eternal fate. We would not naturally follow Gods will as we are sinful creatures otherwise we would have no need for a Savior.

V8 but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.

And that is the truth in the matter, if the people who go against God, do not seek his will and die in their sins, completely unrepentant and far from God, then they will be judged. God is a righteous judge who hates sin and wants to see you redeemed into communion with him, however if you fail to take the free gift of Salvation then you are really condemning yourself. Paul tells us in Romans chapter 3 how many can meet God’s standard for a perfect life on their own…

Romans 3:22 (ESV) the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

And that is the crux of what Paul is saying here to the most self-centered, self-serving culture that man has ever known. Culturally and you have to remember the Roman culture had many gods, so the idea of a God who would care enough to send the son of that god as a sacrifice that they could be redeemed to that god without them having to work themselves to the satisfaction of that deity, that was mind-blowing and completely against the grain of that culture. I think we could do with remembering that today in our polytheistic self-serving culture.

V9 There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek,

Paul states that regardless of your background, regardless of your family, your culture or your ethnicity, no-one will be spared from the wrath of God if he chooses to set himself against God. Paul states that the Jew first, the will be first in line for the inheritance of God (Romans 2:10) but also they will be first in line for the judgment of God if they are not truly God’s children.

V10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.

On the flip side, God will honor those who are truly his children, the Jew first and then also the Greek (or gentle or nations) those who truly accept the free gift of Salvation through the Messiah who came to save the Jews first and then the rest of the world (John 3:16-17) they will receive that reward, glory honor and peace and that is an eternal offer. They will be spared from the wrath that is spoken of in verse 9. 

V11 For God shows no partiality.

There is no favor in the sight of God, you cannot earn, buy or get into heaven by which family you were born into or what your lineage was. God knows our hearts, knows our talents and will use us to his desire. If you truly are a Christian then you are already adopted into the family of God and will be with him in heaven, if you are unsure then I would urge you to be sure of your salvation as today is the day as we read in the following scripture…

2nd Corinthians 6:1 (ESV) Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

And that is as true today as it was the Paul wrote these words some two thousand years ago, James tells us about the futility of deferring tasks until tomorrow…

James 4:13 (ESV) Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

We also read in the book of Proverbs written by the King whom God bestowed immense wisdom, King Solomon… 

Proverbs 27:1 (ESV) Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

And that is the truth, I have heard countless tales over the years of those who have wanted to wait until the 11th hour to accept God into their lives and they die at 10:55. We truly have no idea how long we have on this earth and my desire in writing this article is that if I help just one more soul into heaven then this has all been worthwhile.

God bless and I pray this was a blessing and please feel free to like, share or comment on here or whatever social media platforms you use as the Lord leads you to
TTE
TGBTG
SDG

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