“GUILTY!” (Rom. 2:6 – 3:20)
INTRO: The primary theme of Romans is the good news. Good news is only good news when there’s a need for or benefit from the good news. One of the primary reasons why the good news is such good news is because of the universal guilt of mankind.
I. GOD’S JUST JUDGMENT (Rom. 2:6-11).
- Salvation isn’t by works, but rewards are – including eternal life, blessing and peace (Rom. 2:6-7, 10)!
- The cost of rejecting the truth (Rom. 2:8-9).
- God treats everyone fairly (Rom. 2:11).
II. JUDGMENT IS ACCORDING TO REVELATION RECEIVED (Rom. 2:12-16).
- People are judged according to the knowledge they have (Rom. 2:12).
- Obeying over knowing (Rom. 2:13; Ja. 1:22).
- Conscience, a type of the law (Rom. 2:14-15).
- The final judgment according to the gospel (Rom. 2:16).
III. THE HYPOCRISY OF THE JEWS (Rom. 2:17-29).
- The Jews weren’t practicing the law they were preaching (Rom. 2:17-24).
- Circumcision of the flesh vs. the heart (Rom. 2:25-29).
5 CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CIRCUMCISED HEART:
- Being born again (Gal. 6:15).
- Faith working through love (Gal. 5:6).
- Obedience (1Cor. 7:18-19).
- Worship and trust God (Phil. 3:3).
- Putting off the sins of the flesh (Col. 2:11).
IV. GOD’S JUDGMENT IS JUST (Rom. 3:1-8).
V. THE GUILT OF ALL HUMANITY (Rom. 3: 9-20).
- The purpose of the law wasn’t to bring justification, but rather to reveal mankind’s need for justification [apart from the law] (Rom. 3:20; see also Gal. 3:24-25).
CONCLUSION: The bad news is that we’re all guilty. The good news is that there’s a cure being offered to all mankind alike. Do you have a circumcised heart?