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Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
(2 Timothy 2:15)
This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1Timothy 2:3-4
Greetings one and all and welcome to Home Bible study. I want you to know that even though I don’t know you personally I pray for you regularly. I do this because the Lord Jesus Christ commands us to be “on the alert” and to “pray for all the saints?”
Why are we to be “on the alert” and what are we to pray for?
If you are a Believer, then you are a co-heir with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:16-17). Therefore, you are an enemy of Satan and you are involved in Spiritual warfare. Hence, Scripture teaches us to “Put on the full armor of God” each and every day. No Roman solider ever went into battle partially equipped for battle; this is what our Apostle Paul is teaching us. (Ephesians 6: 10-17)
18: With all (what’s the next word) prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view (what Paul just covered in verse 1-17), be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.
I have said this many times. All Scripture fits together like a piece of well-made tongue- and-groove furniture. I have no doubt this book was put together supernaturally. Let’s read what the Apostle Peter had to say about this same subject.
I Peter 5
8: Be of sober spirit, (watch this) be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
No, Peter wasn’t peeking over Paul’s shoulder when he wrote his letter to the Ephesians or vice versa. This is evidence of the Holy Spirit working through these men of faith.
Put on the full armor of God is a command from the risen Lord Jesus Christ to every Believer; it’s not a suggestion. Food for thought!
Please open your Bible at Romans chapter 2. We’ll begin with verse 5.
5: But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart you are storing up (what’s the next word) wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation (or the revealing) of the righteous judgment of God,
6: who WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS:
At first glance this appears to be a contradiction to what Paul was saying in chapter 1 where he wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…”
In chapter 1 Paul wrote salvation comes from believing the Gospel. Here in verse 6 it says, “God will “RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS (or works):”
There are no contradictions in Scripture and I’ll explain why that is. The Creator God (Jehovah in the Old Testament; Jesus Christ in the New Testament) used human writers in the composition of the Bible, but nevertheless He is the ultimate Author of His Word.
Since the perfect God cannot be the source of disorganization or confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33) or contradiction (Hebrews 6:18), we must acknowledge that the Bible is in sync or “harmonious” from verse to verse, chapter to chapter, and book to book.
Therefore, considering Paul’s statements starting at verse 1 thru verse 5, Paul is not talking about God judging the “works” of the moral man or woman - for God only judge’s sin.
Please turn to Mark chapter 7.
20: And He (Jesus) was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, (or woman) that is what defiles the man.
Remember, Paul is still addressing the moral, self-righteous individuals who believe they are better than “all those other people.” These folks are blind to their sinful activity, and to God’s unmerited love, patience, mercy, and kindness. They also fail to understand that these Godly attributes are meant to lead them to repentance and not to judgment.
So, what about Romans 2:6? Let’s simplify it. Instead of: (God) WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS, let’s put it this way: God will judge each person according to what they have done, which leads me into the 2nd principle.
Principle #2 God Judges According to Works
Not only is God’s judgment “according to reality;” it is “according to works.”
Justification and salvation come by faith; therefore, Paul is not flip-flopping.
What Paul is addressing here is Truth verses hypocrisy.
It goes without saying moral people are hypocrites. They believe they are better than others but their “deeds” reveal who they are in life and their works reveal the darkness in their heart.
Jesus said: “That which proceeds out of a man (or woman), that is what defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting, and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile a man (or woman). (Mark 7:20-23).
The prophet Jeremiah said: The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9) KJV translation.
If you are angry, that anger will burst to the surface.
If you are a bigoted person, then your bigotry will be noticeable.
If you’re a deceitful person, it won’t be long before trust becomes an issue.
If you’re the type of person who can’t keep a secret or who appreciates listening to or spreading gossip, then this too will be made known one day.
But the opposite is also true.
If you are merciful, mercy will be revealed.
If you are a gentle person, then gentleness will be your trademark.
If you are a peacemaker, then a peacemaker you will be.
But this does not mean your “goodness” trumps your sinful nature or the evil in your heart. If you think it does, and you’re counting yourself as one of the self-righteous, moral people, who are attempting to “build their own stairway to heaven,” then I suggest you keep reading.
8: but to those (self righteous moral folks) who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the (what) truth, (the Truth is whatever God says it is) but obey unrighteousness, (your gain is) wrath and indignation.
This is why God judges by “works” (deeds). It isn’t to establish a way to salvation but the basis of judgment.
You are saved by faith (alone) and judged by your works. There’s no contradiction!
Your works reveal what is in your heart – this will be faith leading you to salvation or unbelief leading you to judgment and God’s wrath.
These verses reinforce the first principle:
God judges not what you intend to do; God judges what you actually do.
(To be continued)
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