Thursday, January 15

Romans 2:8-9

Romans 2:8-9 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,

From the beginning, America has needed jails to restrain and lock up evildoers. Since human justice must rely on an imperfect knowledge of the facts, an entire legal industry of lawyers is needed to be advocates for both the guilty and the innocent. The truth is often cloudy and blurred, which sometimes causes the guilty to go unpunished and the innocent to be unjustly punished.

However, when you consider God’s holy righteous standards, then it is clear that no human being can possibly make it through a single day without transgressing God’s standard in word, thought, and deed. Since nothing is concealed from Him due to His perfect knowledge, no lawyer could possibly hide or spin this unrighteousness to make it appear to conform to His perfect standard. Those that are guilty by human standards are also guilty by God’s standards. Those that are innocent by human standards and law are guilty before God, because God’s standards go to the very heart and nature of human character. Attitudes and thoughts that can be hidden from human scrutiny are laid bare before God. For example, while envy, jealousy, etc. are not human crimes, they are unrighteous and ungodly character flaws in the sight of God that do not go undetected. Therefore, all human beings fall into the category described in Romans 2:8-9 and everyone will incur wrath and fury if they stand before God to be judged by their own works.

Praise God that through His gospel, Paul will explain later how human beings can be judged by the works of Jesus Christ instead of their own.


Shiloh Guy said...

First, your post is excellent. Thank you. I am reminded that, according to God's law, I live in a state of constant sin because I fail to love the Lord my God with all my heart, all my soul, and all my strength. And although I try, I do not love my neighbor as myself. That's the bad news. The good news is that I live in a state of constant grace that is greater than my sin! True, free grace!

Second, thanks for stopping by Shiloh Guy.

Third, is there a way I can find out what happened at Bluecollar? I don't mean to pry inappropriately. I'll stop by True Free Grace too. But honestly, I can only take so much of their mumbo jumbo.

jazzycat said...

Thanks for the visit. I see you have been busy with posts at the Shiloy Guy. I don't know too much about Bluecollar shutting down. I think Mark felt like he had to do that to get himself away from the computer and blogging for a while. I sure hope he decides to come back after a rest from it.....