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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

WHAT WORK ARE WE?

ROMANS 2:14
For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

The rabbis taught that God did show partiality towards the Jews; they said: "God will judge the Gentiles with one measure and the Jews with another."
God's righteous judgment is not withheld because someone has heard the law; it is only held back if someone has done the law.

So many times we look at God as being angry all the time and He is going to step on you. He is very far from that and has made a way to keep His laws.
The Jew may think that he is saved because he has the law; but has he kept it? The Gentile may think that he is saved because he does not have the law, but has he kept the dictates of his own conscience?


You can see here by doing works gets you no where, God know your heart.
"People will be condemned, not because they have the law or do not have the law, but because they have sinned."
Judgment for sin can come with or without the law

ROMAN 2:15-16
Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and [their] thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

Possession of the law no advantage to the Jew in the day of judgment
Paul explains why the Gentile can be condemned without the law; conscience (the work of the law written in their hearts) is enough to condemn - or, theoretically, enough to justify - any man

Many pagan authors of Paul's day referred to the "unwritten law" within man; something which points us to the right way, though it is not embodied in written laws, it is in many ways more important than written laws
A law to themselves does not mean that these "obedient Gentiles" made up their own law (as we use the expression "law unto himself"), but that they were obedient to conscience, the work of the law residing in themselves

We say theoretically justify, because every man has violated his conscience (God's internal revelation to man), just as every man has violated God's written revelation
While Paul says in verse 14 that a Gentile, may, by nature do the things contained in the law; he is careful to not say that a Gentile could fulfill the requirements of the law by nature
Though God has His work within every man (resulting in conscience), man can corrupt that work, so that conscience varies from person to person, and our consciences can be damaged, and even restored in Christ

If our conscience is condemning us wrongly, we can take comfort in the idea that God is greater than our heart (1 John 3:20)

People who have never heard God's word directly still have a moral compass that they are accountable to
"God is describing how He has constituted all men: there is a 'work' within them, making them morally conscious."

Look at the question “ If a man has never heard of Jesus Christ and what He did for us and sins is he going to Heaven?”

On the day when God will judge the secrets of men, no man can find refuge from God's judgment by claiming ignorance of His written revelation; violation of God's internal revelation is enough to condemn us all .
Notice that the day of judgment was a part of Paul's gospel; he did not shrink from declaring man's absolute accountability to God
The idea that God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ was distinctively Christian; the Jews taught that God the Father alone would judge the world, committing judgment to no one - not even the Messiah.


Are you the work of the fresh or are you the work of the Spirit? My flesh does work against the Spirit in me . Paul stated the things that he should do ,he did not , but the things that he shouldn't do he does . That's a battle, but it is a battle that only Jesus has the power to win. With out Jesus in the battle you have already lost.

JOHN 14:17
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

6 Comments:

At 9:04 AM, Blogger bluecollar said...

Thought provoking.

The law was never meant to justify, only to show us that we are sinners, hopelessly and utterly in need of the Savior.

 
At 6:47 PM, Blogger Maria del Carmen said...

It's funny, we seem to be on the same book in the Bible and we're ON THE SAME PAGE as well.

Great post!

 
At 10:45 PM, Blogger Gina said...

It helps me to remember that everyone has this seemingly impossible battle and that I am not alone and that one day we will be glorified.

 
At 6:46 AM, Blogger forgiven said...

Thank You Mark
We need a Savior ..so true

Maria ..just so nice to see you
and you are right

Gina
Battle belows to The Lord
ThankS

Doug

 
At 12:21 PM, Blogger Kitty Cheng said...

Brother Doug, this is such a good post. We do need our Savior and Lord. I am so thankful that I know him, and that he lives with me, and in me. Praise God!

 
At 12:56 PM, Blogger jel said...

hi Forgiven, I agree with bluecollar, this post is thought provoking!

this part here (Are you the work of the fresh or are you the work of the spirit) it sounds amost like we are fighting within our self!

 

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