Real Saving Faith Leads to Real Unity.
"For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus."
Let’s start with the truth of Romans 2:16, “…God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.” Do you have any secret sin that only you and God know? Everyone does.
We sin with or without the Law (the instruction of God). This is what our text today shows us. We know we sin if we have the Law to highlight our sin and all of us have the Law whether written down to read (Jews) or written on our heart (Jew and Gentile). All are guilty of sin and will be judged by Jesus.
Let's continue to get more clarity as to what our text is saying today. It is not the people who hear the law who are righteous, but the people that do the Law who are righteous. James 2:10 instructs us that if anyone breaks one part of the Law, he has broken the entire Law. To be righteous by doing the Law, we must never disobey the Law. Disobeying the instruction of God is the definition of sin.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:21, “Not everyone who says to Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father in Heaven." How can one man condemn another for not keeping the Law and not be self-condemned? He can’t. All will need a pardon when standing before Judge Jesus. We get that pardon, not by living according to the Law, but by believing Jesus lived perfectly according to Law and died on the cross, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring us to God (1 Peter 3:18).
Remember, real faith or saving faith gives us the desire to obey and the power to obey (Romans 1:5; Ephesians 1:13-14, 19-20; 3:20; James 2:14-26). We do not work hard on our own power to clean ourselves up and then come to God. We go to God first just as we are broken and weak and then through His power we can be transformed, strong and cleaned up.
Real faith gives you the desire and power to obey.
No matter who you are or what you have done God loves you. He wants to save you from your sin and give you the best life ever.
Real unity is achieved when each believer realizes all people have sinned and will stand before Judge Jesus guilty and in need of pardon.
May we realize our sin and our need for a savior from our sin. May we know Jesus and His love more and more each day. May we reach real unity in our families, churches, communities, nation and world, under the true God of this world. Amen.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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