Ephesians 2:8-9 - For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of … Wrath is the usual word for God’s settled and abiding opposition to sin, with the purpose of revenge (R. C. Trench, Synonyms of the New Testament [Eerdmans], p. 131). Peace refers to “peace with God and peace of heart and mind in the full enjoyment of God to all eternity” (John Murray, The Epistle to the Romans [Eerdmans], p. 67). Enter into the joy of your master” (Matt. Immortality refers to the hope of the resurrection, when we will receive new bodies that are not subject to disease, aging, and death (1 Cor. But, Paul also mentions the other eternal destiny: Paul says that the wicked (we will look at their characteristics later) receive “wrath and indignation” from God (2:8), resulting in “tribulation and distress” for them (2:9). He also uses it (Phil. 3:10). If you do not respond to those privileges, they render you more guilty on judgment day than if you had never known the truth. Luke 6:27-31 Bible Truth:Treat others how you want to be treated. We have to lean on God’s grace not only for salvation, but also for perseverance in good works. But it will be indescribably deepened and forever expanded the moment we step into God’s presence in eternity, free from all sin. It takes a big red dog to save the day! Wrath, as in Romans 1:18 (same word), is God’s abiding anger towards the ungodly, whereas indignation points to the outbreak of His anger on the day of judgment (Alford, cited by William Newell, Romans Verse by Verse [Moody Press], p. 60, footnote). Are you doing good as you seek for glory, honor, and immortality? And, it seems to be what Paul is teaching in our text. In the believer they are the expression of faith, in the unbeliever the expression of unbelief and that whether by way of legalism or antinomianism. God has gifted each of us for the common good … I told her that as she read, she should ask God to show her how she could have eternal life. It grows sweeter as we grow to know Him better in this life. For religions that believe in reincarnation, doing good deeds is a great way to earn some karma, in hopes of getting a more positive form in the next life. He says that those who persevere in doing good receive eternal life. It’s a path or journey that one commits to, much as John Bunyan describes Christian in Pilgrim’s Progress. Here is the lesson I would stress tonight from this verse: DOING GOOD DEEDS BEFORE AN ONLOOKING WORLD IS A NECESSARY PART OF DECLARING GOD'S MARVELOUS WORKS AND MAKING HIM A … Q. Thus Paul clearly says that every person will stand before God in judgment, resulting in either eternal life or eternal wrath. Is salvation by grace through faith alone, as the Reformers insisted? Clifford rescues two little kids and puts out the fire. “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” It’s a simple directive we should easily remember. As Jesus prayed (John 17:3), “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” As such, eternal life begins the moment that we come to know God through faith in Jesus Christ. These four terms show that as believers, our hope is not in this short life, but in eternal life with God. And it makes perfect sense. Careful to Engage in Good Deeds. … 5:8-14). Which is it? Thomas Schreiner (The Law and Its Fulfillment [Baker], p. 190) explains, “The primary purpose of Romans 2 is to prove that the Jews are guilty before God, for they transgressed the revelation they received, just as the Gentiles rejected the revelation they received (1:18-32).” Charles Simeon says that Paul is countering the pervasive Jewish view “that no Jew could perish, except through apostasy or idolatry; and that no Gentile could be saved, but by subjecting himself to the institutions and observances of the Mosaic ritual” (Expository Outlines on the Whole Bible [Zondervan], 15:36). Paul also says (2:8) that they “do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness.” They “do evil” (2:9). Perseverance indicates lifelong persistence in the face of opposition, hardship, and discouragement. But the point is, God will impartially judge each person according to his or her deeds. 4:11), “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed and were created.”. From 1977-1992 he was the pastor of Lake Gregory Community Church in Crestline, California. Thus, as Paul says (Col. 3:1-4), we should be seeking the things above, where Christ is, because when He appears, “then you also will be revealed with Him in glory” (Col. 3:4). So we need to get the gospel right. 19:7; Job 34:19; Acts 10:34; Gal. So the uniform teaching of Scripture is that God will judge each of us according to our deeds. It isn’t referring to perfection, but rather to direction (seek) over the long haul. Tribulation means “pressure,” and is illustrated by a form of capital punishment in ancient England where the victim had heavy weights placed on his chest to crush him to death (Trench, p. 203). What explains the change? They do not submit to God’s Word and seek to please Him by obeying His commands. Our text (and every other Scripture that touches on this topic) shows clearly that there are two and only two destinations after death: eternal life or eternal wrath. Our text (and every other Scripture that touches on this topic) shows clearly that there are two and only two destinations after death: eternal life or eternal wrath. Keep your behavior excellent among the [unsaved] Gentiles [conduct yourself honorably, with graciousness and integrity], so that for whatever reason they may slander you as evildoers, yet by … How would you answer a Christian, doubting his salvation, who asks, “How much good do I need to do to prove that my faith is genuine?”. To receive honor will be to hear from the Lord Jesus, “Well done, good and faithful slave…. After hours of spiritual conversations, I persuaded her to read the Gospel of John. We’ve already looked at the meaning of glory, honor, and immortality. The power of God that saves us is not anything that sinful people can effect by their works. By nature, “there is none who seeks for God” (Rom. Distress refers to restriction or confinement. As Paul clearly puts it (Eph. 4. 7:21-23), “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. During my college years, several of my friends and I knew an attractive coed who was Roman Catholic. In the midst of our struggle, life’s wilderness … 12:19), “‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” Indignation indicates the more turbulent, boiling agitation of the feelings (ibid.). Log in, Resolutions from the Last Will and Testament, Top 5 Articles on Plain Bible Teaching in 2020, The First “Abortion-Free” State, the Most Dangerous Countries for Christians, and the Presidential Inauguration (01.21.21), Twitter Bans, Digital Communication, and Herod’s Dance Floor (01.14.21), Abortion Deaths, Bible Sales, and a Revamped PBT Podcast (01.07.21), The Christian and Minimalism (Sermon #44), Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Then the leaves—and the good deed—are blown away. Lesson Title: The Salt and the Light Bible Reference: Matthew 5:13-16 Target Age Group: Preschool Learning Context: Sunday School Target Time Frame: One Hour. Together, Paul uses both words here to describe the eternal punishment for “every soul of man who does evil.” Soul here refers to the entire person. Literal Standard Version to do good, to be rich in good works, to be ready to impart, willing to communicate, NET Bible Tell them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, to be generous givers, sharing with others. In Romans 2, Paul contrasts these two eternal destinies: Eternal life means, life pertaining to the age to come, and since that age will not end, it means life that goes on forever (Leon Morris, The Epistle to the Romans [Eerdmans/Apollos], p. 117). make the following points. This lesson from 2 Peter will remind children that their good works must be based upon their faith first. Tribulation and distress describe the trauma experienced by those who are the objects of God’s wrath and indignation. 4:4-6; 5:17). Copyright, Steven J. Cole, 2010, All Rights Reserved. Scholars debate about the meaning of the word translated selfishly ambitious. Hebrew 9:27 makes this point: “… it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.” That verse refutes reincarnation. Discuss: Jesus frequently focused on the fact that the Pharisees' made up rules about what was right often got in the way of actually doing good. You don’t get a makeup exam! 3:20-28; 4:4-5; Gal. He changes our hearts, giving us new desires. Hosea’s calling was not for the faint of heart, but then again, no calling in service of the King of Kings is. Learning Objective: The children will learn how faith in Christ is needed before any good … If the direction of your life is not to “do good” out of love for God, you need to repent of your sins and trust in Jesus for salvation. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”, Ephesians 5:6, after describing the evil deeds of the wicked, Paul warns, “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.”, Revelation 2:23, after telling how He will judge those who join in the immorality and idolatry of “the woman Jezebel,” the Lord warns the church in Thyatira, “I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.”, Revelation 20:12, at the great white throne judgment, “the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.”, Revelation 22:12, Jesus says, “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.”, (See, also, Job 34:10-12; Ps. But in Matthew 25:46, Jesus contrasts the punishment of the wicked with the rewa… 3:9; etc.). We can apply that to being raised in a Christian home in a country where you can readily hear the gospel. 2:8-9; Phil. How can a believer gain a more consistent focus on “the things above,” rather than the things on earth (Col. 3:1-4)? God will judge not only outward behavior, but also our motives—why we do what we do. Now to the tune of making that more specific, here are four lessons in fruitful time-management, for the mission of love. Some argue that the wicked will be annihilated after a time of punishment. Romans 2:6 is a quote from the LXX (Greek OT) of Psalm 62:12 and/or Proverbs 24:12 (English Bible references). Would you have lived differently last week if your mind had been on that great day when you stand before Christ? Honor is similar to glory, and focuses on the approval that God will give us in contrast with the scorn that the world gives us now and the eternal disgrace that God will pour out on the wicked (1 Pet. Most now take it that way, although some think it has the nuance of factious or contentious. 5:2; 8:18, 21, 29-30; 9:23; 1 Cor. 5:10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”, Galatians 6:7-8, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. So, how do you get on the right path? Does debt affect giving in modern times in light of the Israelite tithe and slaves? In the same way today, growing up in a Christian home gives you greater access to salvation, if you repent of your sins and believe in Christ. 203-204). B. See more ideas about good deeds, best, fun to be one. 1:17). Tellingstories about the good works you or someone else have done can be avery effective way to inspire others and bring glory to God; however,it can also be a very effective way of bringing glory to yourself, … 3:9). If God exists and He promises to reward those who persevere in doing good and to punish those who live selfishly in sin, it is foolish to live for this short life only. Be kind anyway.” Our kindness cannot be based … But also, it refers to the quality of life in the very presence of God. They have experienced the power of God in salvation by believing in Jesus Christ. Clifford has a big heart, but when he tries to help Emily Elizabeth and Tim do good deeds, things keep going wrong. 11:15; Eph. “And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful.” Titus 3:14. Faith and Deeds 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Jeremiah 17:10: “I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give to each man according to his ways, according to the results of his deeds.”, Jeremiah 32:19, the prophet in prayer describes God as “giving to everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds.”, Ezekiel 33:20, the Lord says, “O house of Israel, I will judge each of you according to his ways.”, Matthew 16:27, Jesus says, “For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds.”, 2 Cor. Nothing seems to go right for Clifford until he passes a building on fire. 1:6-9). Would you have spent your time differently? How would you have answered her? First let’s look at what the text teaches. For we have all become like one who is unclean [ceremonially, like a leper], and all our righteousness (our best deeds of rightness and justice) is like filthy rags or a polluted garment; we all fade like a leaf, and … Jesus gives this instruction in the midst of his teaching to love our enemies. Second, live with your sights on eternity and the hope of hearing “well done” from the Lord who knows your heart. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1976 in Bible exposition) and Califo... More. God warns (Rom. Paul describes this eternal life by four words: glory, honor, and immortality (2:7); and, peace (2:10). 25:21). For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”. Lesson 5: God Is Committed to the Good of His People. New Heart English Bible Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture Quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition © The Lockman Foundation, Related Topics: Character of God, Law, Soteriology (Salvation), Steve served as the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through his retirement in December, 2018. … 4:14.). That sounds like what Jesus is teaching there. They are the outward expression of what the person is deep down. Rather, they live to please themselves in disregard of God’s Word. The Bible Lesson is also a key component of instruction for children and young people in ... What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds… It is the eternal peace of “deliverance from sin and its conflicts” (James Boice, Romans [Baker], 1:227). A’. I do good deeds, perform kind service, benefit. Even the religions that don't require good deeds … “Orthodoxy” is a fancy theological word that simply means “right thinking.” “Orthopraxy” is the word that simply means “right … Here is where we come to grips with the question, Is Paul contradicting himself? God will judge everyone according to his deeds (2:6). Glory refers to the hope of all believers, that we will be transformed into the image of God’s Son, so that God’s glory will be reflected in us (Rom. Read the lesson, using flannel board pictures to illustrate. Good works do not earn salvation, but they are the essential evidence that a person is on the path to glory, honor, and immortality. He’s telling us, “It doesn’t matter what someone else does to you. Frankly, that would be an easier view to accept than the eternality of hell. If the pilgrim gets off the path into By-Path Meadow or Doubting Castle, he persists until he gets back on the path to the Celestial City. Would you have treated others differently? Love them. They are to do good, to be rich in good actions, to be generous, and to share. I assume that Paul was smart enough not to contradict himself in the space of a couple of chapters. 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. Paul and James say the same thing: your faith is demonstrated by your works. 25:14; 51:24; Hos. Jesus responds, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of these do you stone me?” (John 10:32) Lesson: There’s some truth to the saying, “No good deed goes … “Each person” shows that this is individual judgment, not corporate or national. Or is it by grace through faith plus works, as the Roman Catholic Church has taught? Here I just note that those who persevere in doing good seek these eternal blessings. … Paul says that those who seek for glory, honor, and immortality receive eternal life (2:7). Works are important. Formerly, we loved the darkness and hated the light, but after God saves us, we hate the darkness and love the light (John 3:20-21; Eph. 1:9). The Explore the Bible lesson for Jan.17 focuses on Luke 6:27-38. The text follows a chiastic structure (adapted from Douglas Moo, The Epistle to the Romans [Eerdmans], p. 135): A. God speaks and creates light out of darkness. Paul uses the same phrase in 2 Corinthians 5:10, “each one may be recompensed for his deeds ….” Or, in Matthew 16:27 and in Revelation 22:12, Jesus says He will render to every man according to his deeds. 3:11; Eph. Those in hell will suffer conscious torment “away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power” (2 Thess. Text: 2 Peter 1:5-8. Since God will impartially judge each person according to his deeds, persevere in doing good in light of eternity! Memory Verse: “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they will see your good deeds … You can’t go down two roads heading in opposite directions at once. The main point is at the beginning and the end, that God will judge each person impartially according to his deeds (Moo, p. 136). 3:12-18; 4:17; Col. 3:4). Engaging in Good Deeds Learn to Engage in Good Deeds. Our text continues a sentence that begins in verse 5: “But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to each person according to his deeds.” So verses 6-11 elaborate on “the righteous judgment of God.”. Then we’ll try to understand how this fits with Paul’s teaching that we are saved by grace through faith alone, apart from our works. 10:17; 2 Chron. But in the parallel verse (2:10), he mentions glory and honor, but substitutes peace for immortality. He has already said (Rom. Explain that although the Savior was accepted by many people in both Galilee and Judea, and many saw His good works as a witness of His divinity, others despised and persecuted Him for His good works. Those who do evil will incur God’s wrath. It is possible to want to... Ready for Every Good Deed. Those who do good will receive glory (2:10). What a great lesson and it reveals my ‘own’ struggle and the good news I learn in this lesson from Jacob is that we cannot change ourselves and only God can! Besides submission to authority, Romans 13 teaches us a wonderful definition of love. 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; 1 Cor. Jesus said (Matt. 15:42, 50, 52-54). She came to John 3:16 and discovered that those who believe in Jesus have eternal life!” But instead, she took me to John 5:28-29, where Jesus says, “… for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.” She said, “I will get eternal life if I do good deeds!”. So we will be judged by our works, which reveal whether our faith in Christ is genuine or mere empty profession. Those in Matthew 7:21-23 who called Jesus “Lord” had done a lot to serve Him. Apr 17, 2013 - Acts of goodness in a negative world. I can’t be exhaustive here, but let me give a few references from both the Old and New Testaments that show this point. “That those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works.” Titus 3:8. A Lasting Legacy: Choosing A Wife For Isaac (Gen. 24:1-67). The Priest and Levite used excuses to avoid helping the man. Bible verses related to Good Deeds To Go To Heaven from the King James Version (KJV) by Relevance - Sort By Book Order . What does the Bible say to the church, and to the individual Christian, about the role of politics in the church? Consider your calling. These things are good and profitable for men ” (Titus 3:8). Is he saying here that we’re saved by works? She called us her “minister friends,” because we were always talking to her about the gospel. C. Those who do evil will incur wrath (2:8). Paul damned the Judaizers for perverting the gospel because they added just one biblical “work” (circumcision) to the gospel (Gal. 1. 3:8; 2 Cor. When he says (2:9, 10), “to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (= Gentile), he means that the Jews were first in privileges, in that God chose to reveal Himself to them and bring the Savior through them; so they will be first in either judgment or salvation. Nehemiah 6:19 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Also they reported his good deeds … Or, are you doing evil as you live for yourself, disobey God’s truth, and obey unrighteousness? “To obey, to be ready for every good work.” Titus 3:1. 1:16) that the gospel “is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (the same phrase that he uses twice in our text). There are three things to note about God’s judgment of our deeds: It is the invariable teaching of the Bible and not the peculiar viewpoint of any one writer or group of writers that judgment will be on the basis of works, though salvation is all of grace. They do not live for God’s glory. “Disobedient, and disqualified for every good … Q. But in Matthew 25:46, Jesus contrasts the punishment of the wicked with the reward of the righteous: “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Eternal is the same word both times. First, to think that that you will get into heaven without good works because you prayed a prayer once or because you claim to believe in Jesus is foolish. It’s not just an academic question, because your eternal destiny depends on getting it right! As Abraham pleads with God prior to the destruction of Sodom (Gen. 18:25), “Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?” Again, there are many verses in both the Old and New Testaments that show that God judges impartially (Deut. Nehemiah 13:14 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for the offices thereof. Some argue that the wicked will be annihilated after a time of punishment. But that doesn’t make it any easier. Matthew 5:16 ESV / 51 helpful votes. But here we see people who persevere in seeking for glory, honor, and immortality, which can only come from God. Paul’s point here is: Since God will impartially judge each person according to his deeds, we must persevere in doing good. 6:9; Col. 3:25; 1 Pet. It is illustrated by the torture that Queen Elizabeth used on some of her victims, who were placed in a room so small that they could not stand, sit, or lie at full length (Trench, pp. So Paul is arguing that being Jewish doesn’t get you any special favors come judgment day. Can such faith save them? 28:4; Jer. 1:17) to describe those who opposed him by proclaiming Christ “out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives.” Whatever the translation, the word points to those who are selfish in their motivation. But later, he clearly says that we’re saved by faith (Rom. We need to know for sure that when we stand before God for judgment, it will go well. God will judge everyone impartially (2:11).