Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Accountable to God
Romans 2 NLT (new living translation)
2 You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. 2 And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things. 3 Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things? 4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
5 But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 He will judge everyone according to what they have done. 7 He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers. 8 But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness. 9 There will be trouble and calamity for everyone who keeps on doing what is evil—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile.[a] 10 But there will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. 11 For God does not show favoritism.
12 When the Gentiles sin, they will be destroyed, even though they never had God’s written law. And the Jews, who do have God’s law, will be judged by that law when they fail to obey it. 13 For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight. 14 Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. 15 They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. 16 And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life.
To further understand this passage of scripture I recommend checking it out in a study bible read all the references and gain a further understanding. This is how I learn and understand this amazing scripture and study the bible. Romans is one of my favorite books of the bible and one that I least grasp because of it's rich context.
In this passage I am reminded of how Christians often we set ourselves as better than those who are not. I've even seen how those whose parent n parents several generations are Believers behave better than those who were not “born into” christianity or a christian family. This is an error and flaw in behavior and beliefs for nobody is righteous before God, no not one of us! God doesn't show favoritism and neither should the body of believers. Our secret lives will be revealed and judged by the one righteous judge so it's better to live in humility now not behaving better than others. Sin destroys everyone no matter title or public reputation, sin is poison and you can only consume so much before you experience the consequences of that poison in your blood it will destroy your heart and your soul and it will rot away at your good conscience and cloud your eyes judgment.
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