ROMANS 2:4-7 THE GOODNESS OF GOD LEADS YOU TO REPENTANCE

5Aug

Romans 2:4 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?  5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who "will render to each one according to his deeds": 7 eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;

 1.    V4 &  5 Judgement according to opportunity

Forbearance is God holding back the judgement we deserve rather than destroying us the moment we sin

Longsuffering is sending kindness and withholding judgement or being slow to send it

God gives us a chance to be saved by repenting.

Repentance is a change of mind, as it appears to one who repents, of a purpose he has formed or of something he has done

V5 Hardheartedness or being unrepentant - comes from the word sclerosis as in arteriosclerosis which is a hardening of the arteries 

Here the danger is not physical but spiritual hardness

A hardened heart can disable you permanently for eternity

Psalms 95:8 Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

Treasuring (or storing) up wrath... to reject God's offer of forgiveness and clinging to your sin will earn you more severe judgement

2.    v6 - 10 Judgement according to deeds or works

V6 This verse shows the right or just judgement of God

1John 1: 5 -8

1John 3:2-11 Says if we abide in him we purify ourselves, we can't habitually sin, we love the brethren

v7 &10 These are the redeemed or saved in these verses

·       The saved are the object of his favor

Those who by patient continuance

1 Corinthians 9:25 And every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

Those who have a holy ambition

Those who are patient in well doing

They run the race with endurance

Hebrews 12:1-3

Next we see the product of his favor which are also the goals of every believer

Glory the wonderful condition of blessedness or sinlessness and perfection which is appointed and promised that true Christians shall enter after their Savior’s return from heaven

Honor is the privilege of being in heaven...we are precious to God because are bought and paid for by him when he died on the cross for our sin

 Immortality or eternal life in heaven

John 17:3 "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Not only length of life but quality also. No sin, sickness, sorrow, pain, suffering, loneliness

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