Romans 2:7 “Eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality” NKJV
Now Paul continues into what will be the eternal/forever irrevocable result of every man’s road traveled in this temporal earthly life (Matthew 7:13-14). The people who did call on the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ and had all of their sins covered under and by His Blood live a new life in Christ Jesus that seeks and desires His Glory in everything they do. Somehow the lost man or woman has listened to the devil’s lies so long and also witnessed many professing Christians who are not real but hypocrites and think that Christianity is a religion (first wrong assumption, it is not a religion) where people decide for Jesus and then begin to live by a long list or set or rules. When the reality is that to the soul washed from their sins in Christ Blood, their newness of life lived out daily as they remain in this sin cursed world flows from a heart filled with love and gratitude to the One (Jesus) who loved them while they were His enemy (Romans 5:10). We who know and love our Lord Jesus Christ because He regenerated us and birthed us into His heavenly family as adopted children value Him and esteem Him and consider Him precious and priceless above all other human relationships and above any earthly things or pleasures.
It is because of the new heart and nature given to us by our Lord Jesus that we are what we are by His amazing grace freely given to us that we seek His Glory and His Honor here upon His Earth and forever with Him in eternity. Eternal life for the redeemed man or woman begins immediately upon receiving Christ and therefore our incorruptible life is begun in this life as we are now being sanctified daily by God the Holy Spirit to become just like our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (1 John 2:25 & 1 John 3:1-3). It is the soul who has been truly given or granted this new life in Christ that is enabled to persevere through cruel, resentful, vengeful, obstinate, and angry opposition and persecution continually to the end of their life obeying God by His Word that prove that they are the ones who have been bought with a price, the highest possible price that could have been paid for each one of us and that is the Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord (1 John 2:29 & 1 John 3:7). These are the marks or the dividing line that separate in this life and the life to come the righteous from the unrighteous.
Romans 2:8-9 But to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness --- indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek. NKJV
Paul now makes a quick and sharp left turn as he begins to lay out for us the completely opposite eternal/forever destiny of those who will not to obey God. They continue to run full speed ahead into and after sin drowning their souls in all the evil works of the flesh and of the spirit. These are those who are like the little boy who was being constantly told by his Mother to sit down and he would not obey her and finally she picked him up and sat him down in a chair. The little stubborn, stiff-necked, and strife filled boy looked up at his Mother and said, “I’m still standing up on the inside” (Psalm 51:6). The soul that wills not to obey God is just like this little boy standing against God in the inner man, and the will and cannot work anything in their life but that which is unrighteousness. As we said in Part 2 this is why so many of these people make haste to the man-made religions or to the demonic inspired spiritualties because there they can gratify the sensual under the deceptive cloak that all roads will eventually lead to God if you be but sincere in what you believe. These roads are dead ends and marked at the end of every one of them is a big sign that is labeled @#!*% .
Paul declares that the contentious and disobedient soul will meet with only indignation (God’s fierce passion against sin and rebellion), wrath (God’s violent passionate abhorrence and vengeance against sin and rebellion), tribulation (the soul will meet with intense pressure, be burdened and afflicted because of their obeying sin and it all will be administered by God as their just reward), and finally anguish (that is distress of the highest magnitude and the feeling of being in the narrowest room sort of like a box or coffin forever alive and conscious all the time) and all of this will be due to their obedience to evil. This in reality is a word picture painted by the Apostle Paul of an eternity spent in @#!*% away from all of the goodness that is in our Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 9:42-48).
Romans 2:10-11 But glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God. NKJV
Paul now makes another sharp turn back to the right and shows the absolute opposite eternal reward for the soul that obeys the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ (not with just words spoken, but from the heart (Romans 10:9-10)). Every person who is counted worthy by virtue of the new birth is rewarded by God with glory (dignity received from the hand of God and praise from Him), honor (just like we value our Lord Jesus Christ, He gives us value and He values us, He esteems us and we are precious to Him and our souls are priceless to Him, we are to Him of exceedingly great worth and value forever with Him in heaven), and finally peace (we receive from Him His peace and our souls born sinful are quieted and at rest in Him for all eternity as we are set at one again or made whole in our inner man forever by His Blood). Paul continues on toward his build-up of the impartiality of God by emphasizing that God will judge Jew and Gentile in the same manner without favoritism to either. With God the Father there is no favorite creature anywhere in His Universe not amongst the angels or humanity. His judgment is always in accordance with truth to every one of His created beings and the souls of men and women throughout the ages are no exception. The earthly popular, wealthy, heads of states, kings, queens, presidents, and any other titles we human beings use to elevate or lift a man or woman above others in Government, class, or social status means nothing to the One True God for all will be judged according to His truth alone (Galatians 2:6 & Colossians 3:25 & 1 Peter 1:17).
“The coming of God’s reign either demands repentance or brings judgment.” D. A. Carson
“Take your stand on the Rock of Ages. Let death, let the judgment come: the victory is Christ’s and yours through Him.” D. L. Moody
“Be very sure of this - people never reject the Bible because they cannot understand it. They understand it too well; they understand that it condemns their own behavior; they understand that it witnesses against their own sins, and summons them to judgment. They try to believe it is false and useless, because they don’t like to believe it is true.” J. C. Ryle
“But the challenge is always this: Are men and women going to allow the Word of God to sit in judgment on their puny minds, or are they going to make their puny minds the judges of the Word of God?” “If you live in such a manner as to stand the test of the last judgment, you can depend upon it that the world will not speak well of you.” Alistair Begg
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…