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The Just Judge

June 3, 2018 Speaker: Fred Greco Series: Romans

Topic: AM Service Passage: Romans 2:5–2:11

How should judgment be made? That is, what criteria should be used in judgment? We are familiar with schools “grading on a curve” and have heard it said (often sarcastically) that something is “good enough for government work.” More and more, defects in products are explained away with the statement: “it is still in beta.” We have become used to judging things, actions, and even people by comparison to others. But throughout the ages, such comparisons are no more common than when people consider their standing before God. We view God as a kindly, doting fellow like us – who will look over our lives and give us the benefit of the doubt. “Nobody’s perfect,” we say, and we rely on that cliché for our eternal destiny. But the Apostle Paul will not leave us to rest in such a dangerous assumption. As Paul continues to press home the point that all have sinned and are unable to stand on their own before God, he shows us that God is truly “The Just Judge.” (Romans 2:5-11)

I.   The Judge’s Wrath
A.  Stored Up
B.  Revealed

II.  Two Paths
A.  Self-Seeking
B.  God-Seeking

III.  The Judge’s Judgment
A.  No Partiality
B.  Our Great Hope

Questions for consideration:  (1) In what ways have you been unwilling to listen to the Lord’s commands as found in His Word?  (2) Why are good works important? If we are not saved by good works, why do we need them?  (3) Why is it good news for us that God shows no partiality in judging? In what areas of your life are you tempted to think God is partial toward you?

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