Romans 2:5-11 / God’s Righteous Judgment (Sermon – Notes and Audio)

Posted on May 27, 2013


This is the eleventh in a series of verse-by-verse expositions of the book of Romans. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the morning of May 26, 2013. This message deals with the God’s day of wrath, and His righteous judgment. This contains an audio recording of my message, along with my sermon notes and a study outline. Please note that the sermon notes are not a full transcript.

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Rom 2_5-11 Outline


Romans 2:5-11

Their hardness and refusal to repent, was earning wrath.

In fact, the wrath of God was being treasured up (stored up). It is their “reward.”

Some Jewish traditions speak of treasuring up good works against the day of wrath, but Paul uses a play on words to say the opposite.

The day of wrath and revelation will be a fearsome time.

Revelation 6:15-17

It will be a time of revelation.

Revelation 6:16

People will begin to realize who God is, but they will still be impenitent.

Notice that they make no profession of faith, they simply want to avoid the wrath.

For those unbelievers who will have died before this time comes, their day of wrath and revelation will come at the great white throne.

Revelation 20:11-15

Romans 14:11

This is all in accordance with people’s hardened hearts.

It doesn’t have to be this way. As Christians, we should encourage one another so that we won’t become hardened.

Hebrews 3:13

God renders to everyone according to his deeds, nothing goes unnoticed.

2 Corinthians 5:10

Paul was not teaching salvation by character or good deeds.

He was teaching judgment, which is different from salvation.

God judges according to deeds, just as He judges according to truth.

Paul was dealing here with the consistent actions of a person’s life, the total impact of his character and conduct.

For example, David committed some terrible sins; but the total emphasis of his life was obedience to God.

Judas confessed his sin and supplied the money for buying a cemetery for strangers; yet the total emphasis of his life was disobedience and unbelief.

Its important to remember that good works do not result in salvation.

On the contrary, true saving faith results in obedience and Godly living.

Salvation is by faith, not works:

2 Timothy 1:8-9

Galatians 2:16

For the saved, the judgment of our works will determine our rewards.

Only those without faith will be judged according to their works for the purpose of salvation. None will pass the judgment.

Revelation 20:12-15

Eternal life comes only through Christ.

Paul paints a picture of one who seeks righteousness, yet he is not saying that righteousness can be achieved by your own works.

In the next chapter, Paul asserts that no one is righteous:

Romans 3:10

However, anyone can receive the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ.

Romans 3:21-22

Paul is simply portraying the motivation and the character of the life of faith which results in eternal fellowship with God.

Again, the good works that believers perform do not bring them salvation, but they do attest to the salvation they have received by faith in Christ.

The consistent lifestyle of such people demonstrates that they are unsaved. The true believer should not seek self, but Christ.

The eternal soul of the unsaved will receive nothing but the wrath of God.

Just as the Jews were given the first opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel, they will be first to receive Gods judgment if they refuse.

However, it is important to remember that the principle of God’s judgment is the same for all.

Those who are saved will receive glory, honor and peace.

Again, Paul is using good works as a visible, outward sign and affirmation of one’s salvation. He is not teaching salvation by works.

This must be one of the truly great promises of Scripture, that there is no partiality with God.

Position, title, family, wealth popularity, appearance, influence, none of that earns any special favor with God.

Because its God’s nature to be just, it is impossible for Him to be anything but impartial.

This puts everyone on an even keel. We should all be thankful that God does not base salvation on our works, accomplishments, stature or anything else of our own making.

Faith is God’s measure, and our faith is demonstrated in our works.

What does your faith look like?

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