Who Needs The Gospel?     They Do Too!     Rom. 2:1-11,17-21,23-24     Sept. 18. 2005
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Introduction
    Is there an end to adding kinds of people who need the gospel?  No!  The death of Jesus provides the means for salvation for the entire world.  No one will be saved without coming to Him.  So whoever you include in the term, They, will also need the gospel.
 

1.    They Do Too Because They Are Without . . Excuse.  2:1-2

    A.    Without Excuse because of . . Self Righteousness.  2:1

            1 Therefore, anyone of you who judges is without excuse. For when you judge another, you
            condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same things.

    B.    Without Excuse because of . . Superior Righteousness.  2:2

            2 We know that God's judgment on those who do such things is based on the truth. do these verses.

    Two kinds of righteousness exist; man's self-righteousness, and God's superior righteousness.  My mom used to say "self righteousness stinks," and the Bible does speak of it having an unfavorable odor.  Recently I heard the song of a few years ago titled "Harper Valley P. T. A.."  It put down hypocritical self-righteousness by exposing the sins of the critics, and so do these verses.
 

2.    They Do Too Because They Are Without . . Escape.  2:3-8

    A.     Escape from A Lack of . . Repentance.  2:3-5
            3 Do you really think anyone of you who judges those who do such things yet do the same that you will escape God's
            judgment?  4 Or do you despise the riches of His kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God's kindness is
            intended to lead you to repentance?  5 But because of your hardness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for
            yourself in the day of wrath, when God's righteous judgment is revealed.

    B.    Without Escape from A Lack of . . Righteousness.  2:6-8
            6 He will repay each one according to his works:  7 eternal life to those who by patiently doing good seek for glory, honor, and
            immortality; 8 but wrath and indignation to those who are self-seeking and disobey the truth, but are obeying unrighteousness.
 
        No one will escape God's judgment without repentance based on godly sorrow initiated by the goodness of God.  For a man or woman to think they can march into heaven through their own goodness is the height of arrogance.  An unrepentant heart is hard and stores up wrath from God.  Righteousness can only be produced in a relationship with God through Christ.  No one will escape God's wrath on his/her terms. Everyone needs the gospel.
 
 

3.    They Do Too Because They Are Without . . Endearment.  2:9-11

    A.    Without Endearment Because of . . Nationality.  2:9-10
            9 affliction and distress for every human being who does evil, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek; 10 but glory, honor, and
            peace for everyone who does good, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.

    B.    Without Endearment Because of God's  . . Nature.  2:11
            11 There is no favoritism with God.

        How do people endear themselves to God?  They don’t!  We cannot do that on our own.  No one through works of the flesh endears themselves to God.  The best example is Israel.  Some would argue that because God chose them he plays favoritism with them.  He chose them; but these verses tell us that no one, including the Jews, receive any favoritism from God.They do evil, and the wrath of God is upon the Jewish Nation just like the Gentile Nations.  It is the nature of God to provide a way for all to be in heaven with Him, and receive eternal endearment.  But that can happen only through the gospel of Christ.
 

4.    They Do Too Because They Are Without . . Excellence.  2:17-21

    A.    Without Excellence In Spite of Your . . Title.  2:17
            17 Now if you call yourself a Jew, and rest in the law, and boast in God,

    B.     Without Excellence In Spite of Your . . Teaching.  2:18-21
            18 and know His will, and approve the things that are superior, being instructed from the law, 19 and are convinced that you
            are a guide for the blind, a light to those in darkness, 20 an instructor of the ignorant, a teacher of the immature, having in the
            law the full expression of knowledge and truth 21 you then, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach,
            "You must not steal" do you steal?

        God gives spiritual excellence.  Some people in this world think they have excellence because of a name or title.  We call some blue blo s because they have a prominent name in history, a royal title.  I have know some ministers who thought they should be granted a certain kind of excellence from people because of their title “Reverend.”  If people trust in their names, or titles for spiritual excellence they will go to Hell.  Suppose you teach very well, can great teaching bring spiritual excellence?  The illustration in the texdt of the teacher who does not practice what he preached answers the question.  Great teachers with great titles need the gospel of Christ.
 

5.    They Do Too Because They Are Without . . Encouragement.  2:23-24

    A.    Without Encouragement In . . Actions.  2:23
            23 You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?

    B.    Without Encouragement In . . Affect.  2:24
            24 For, as it is written: The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you. If people boast in the law, and
            plan  to get to heaven through it they must keep it perfectly.

            Paul says these kind of people dishonor God because they break the law.  When a people boast in their ability to keep the law, and they break it; they lead others astray.  Their actions, and the affect of their lifestyle leave them without a way to heaven.  Therefore if we ask the question of the lesson title we must give the same answer.  Who Needs The Gospel? They Do Too!  Amen? Amen!