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Principles of God's Judgment (4 of 47)
Have you ever run across a person who believes they are going to heaven, and the whole reason they believe it is because they say they are a good person. The justify themselves, in their own eyes, with the idea that they are not as bad as someone else. Which is funny because no one ever looks that bad when compared to someone else. I mean no one looks as bad as say a Adolph Hitler or a Joseph Stalin, both of whom murdered millions of people or some insane killer who has killed and raped.
The problem with this whole philosophy is that people are making the judgment in their own eyes. They are not making the judgment with God's eyes. People for some reason have a pretty high view of themselves. God on the other hand looks at people all the same, as sinners.
Last weeks passage was an easy passage to preach compared to this weeks. It is easy to preach against the sinfulness of people and how God judges people who have exchanged the truth of God for a lie. They are blaintly immoral and are obvious sinners.
In this passage Paul goes into a new direction with the idea of God's wrath. His primary audience here is moral/religious people. Those people who think for some reason they should not be judge, because they are basically good people. Paul here establishes some principles by which God judges people.
I. Knowledge (v.1)
Here Paul is speaking primarily to Jews. I want to substitute that idea and say that Paul is speaking primarily religious people. People that think they are exempt from God's judgment because they have not gone as far as the totally immoral spoken of in in the previous verses.
The problem is that people that think they are moral and are excused from God's wrath are mistaken. They have more knowledge than the immoral pagan and because they have more knowledge they have a greater accountability based upon their knowledge.
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