Moralists Need God’s Righteousness
7 November 2021 AM – Romans 2:1-16 – Ro2021 – Scott Childs
Introduction: In Romans 1:18-32, we learned that humanists are not righteous and need God’s righteousness. That was not difficult for us to grasp about God rejecters, but what about the good people in our world who do not reject God. Are they unrighteous and guilty before God? Do they need God’s righteousness?
Romans 2:1-16 answers that question for us. In these verses, God places His spotlight on good, moral people. He shows us how He sees the moral people in our world. This may be eye-opening for some.
Transition: In these verses, we will find God’s charge to the moral people in society, His criterion, and their conviction.
God’s Charge (Ro 2:1-5)
a. God charged the moral good people with guilt.
1) He knew that many who would read this book would consider themselves moral compared with the humanists just condemned (Ro 1:18-32).
2) He points out that many moral people do the same sins in the heart that humanists do openly (v.1). Jesus said, (Matthew 5:28) “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” (Mark 7:21-22) “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:” They are inexcusable.
3) God always judges according to truth (v.2). He knows all the facts. (Psalm 44:21) “Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.” (Proverbs 5:21) “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.” God looks on the heart.
4) If we secretly do sinful things in our hearts, we will not escape the judgment of God (v.3).
b. God charged the moral reader with ignorance.
1) Moral people tend to despise (i.e., think little of) the riches of God’s goodness, forbearance and longsuffering (v.4). These attributes of God are priceless treasures.
a) God’s goodness is that he is kind.
b) His forbearance is that he is very tolerant.
c) His longsuffering is that he is patient.
2) If God were not kind, tolerant and patient, we would all be burnt toast. When we think we are moral and good, not needing God’s kindness, tolerance, and patience, we make a HUGE mistake. We are ignorant of the fact that God treats us patiently to lead us to repentance.
a) When in our hearts, we struggle with lust, pride, rebellion, disobedience, covetousness, or deceit and God does not strike you dead, it is to bring us to repentance.
b) God knows we are but dust. He knows we struggle with a sin nature. He cannot overlook our sins, but He is kind, forbearing, and longsuffering.
c) It is our duty to humbly repent and change.
3) When we have hard and unrepentant hearts, we store up for ourselves God’s wrath (v.5). God is patient with moral sinners, but He cannot justly overlook their sin. Judgment day is coming. God will judge righteously.
Moralists are unrighteous and truly need God’s righteousness.