I AM the Righteous God and Judge of the World Rom 2:1-16

People are like volcanoes

I overheard one lady on the plane recap from a book to her daughter some philosophical

People are like volcanoes.  We all have the same source.  Sin.

People are like volcanoes. We all have the same source. Sin.

mumbo jumbo through an illustration that “A volcano is not at fault for the lava that comes out of it; just as, we are not responsible for our actions and attitudes.”  But that is precisely the nature of a volcano and by association our problem as humans as well.  Just as there are many sorts of volcanoes and they erupt differently people have different displays of sin behavior.  However all sin comes forth out of us precisely because we are sinners.  We break any/all standards set before us seemingly out of principle because of our rebellious independent nature.  What she was really saying was – “we are not responsible for what we do, and what we do does not make us what we are”, whereas the Bible says that we are (sinners), and consequently that condition makes us do what we do – sin.  And for which we are responsible and will be held accountable for before God.

God’s Righteous Judgment

Rom 2:1-16 use this link to the NIV or your favorite bible version.

As we ponder God’s character from the above passage, I wonder if God would answer our signature question below in the following way…

Who are you Lord?

I AM the impartial God who does not show favoritism. I have chosen the race of Abraham and the Jews through which my message of mercy and forgiveness was to reach all men.   Through them I came as a human to bring salvation to all men.  They rejected me, so now through the church I desire to spread that salvation to every person on the globe. 

I AM the God of absolute truth Justice and judgment.  My laws and judgment are perfect as is my word because they reflect who I AM – Perfect.  All men must come to me through my Son and know me through my perfect Word. 

Psalm 19: 7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.

The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

8     The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.

The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

9     The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.

The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous.

10    They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold;

they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.

11    By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

For “I AM the way, the truth, and the life.”

I AM the God of mercy, kindness, tolerance and patience.  I am slow to wrath. I desire for all men to come to me for forgiveness and grace.  But I will not wait forever for you to decide.  Just as I gave the people of Noah’s day 120 years, I will not wait indefinitely before I will call you to stand before me.  This is why evil still exists in this world today.  Not everyone has had the chance to repent yet.

God does not judge on a curve

Everyone judges each other by his or her own standard.  Sometimes our standards can be high and other times our standards can be low.  Like the illustration of the “mote in your brother’s eye”, our mote can be a little thing to us or can be so large we can’t see straight as in the illustration.  Other’s motes are always bigger as compared to our own.  However, God does not judge on a curve.  All expressions of sin are a result of our sin nature.  As I always like to say; “We did not sin to become sinners; rather we sin because we are sinners.”  Every culture has standards of “right conduct” inherent within them, but no one in any culture can live up even to those standards completely.  God’s standards are always the same, always perfect and always true and always humanly unattainable.  Only Jesus Christ has met those standards during his life on this planet (Jn 17:4) and he did so in our stead.  Then he died for us to pay for our shortcoming (Jn 19:30).

If God is a “Just God” then why…

Many people have a hard time with the concept of a God who is all powerful and who claims to be totally just, but then allows evil to exist in this world.  “Why does God allow suffering?  Why does God not stop injustice?  Why does God not put an end to wicked men or the Devil?”  These are valid questions that are just barely touched on in this passage which I will not try to fully explain here though.  However regarding standards of justice, I will note that those same people do not have any better or more comforting explanation for the reason of the existence of needless pain in the world if it was devoid of God.  They are quick to judge God for the bad but fail to give him credit for the good in this life.  Their own estimation of how things should go in this life is totally fanciful and such a utopian view is without basis from what we see as the norm in this world.  Those who set out to remove God from society have no good thing to replace him with; surely not the comforting “facts of a law of the jungle” or the supposed “good nature” of humankind.  Just know that the Almighty God is Just, and he promises to recompense all sin justly and without favoritism when YOU and I stand before him to give account. It won’t do you any good thinking that you are not as bad as the next guy won’t help you one bit when he judges you by His standards.

Whose standards are the right standards in this world?

Besides, whose standards are to be imposed on all of society if not those set by Almighty God– The creator of truth?  Usually we see that those with the most power – rule; and if you don’t like it, then you will become one of the many martyrs who oppose.  Across the board, man cannot even live up to the standards which he sets for himself without finding loopholes to squeeze through when his own rules don’t suit his momentary desires.  Our consciences are subjective, and can be squelched.  They might accuse us one day and defend us on another as it suits us, but who is to say if my conscience has been seared so as not to know right from wrong?  Hitler thought he was right by creating a master race to rule the world.  And even the Saul of Tarsus in the Bible who later became the Apostle Paul, thought he was doing God a favor by killing Christians. God told Jonah that the people of Nineveh didn’t know their right hand from their left.

Only God has a judgment based on truth, and he has given us that truth in his Bible.  When we do stand before his throne, no one will be able to say that they did not know.  No matter how loud the evolutionists scream, they will all stand before God the Father with their head in their hands, kicking themselves for allowing “evolutionary fact” to delude their thinking.  People’s adherence to every religious book will come up short of God’s Righteous judgment.  Just as all the volcanoes of the earth have the same source of lava from the middle of the earth, so too the “lava” which flows out of each of us in different degrees and aspects, we each have the same underlying source or origin as the next guy; that of –Sin.

 

Steve

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Missionary with New Tribes Mission since 1989
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