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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 2

Romans 2:1-16 (6)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 1 Study # 6
December 7, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:There is no respect of persons with God.

Introduction:We did not manage to get the recording of last week's study home in one piece. But, that study was basically a very condensed formulation of the series we did on Developing Perspectives, so it is not really lost to us because we have the CDs of that series available to any who want to dig deeper.

This evening we are going to go on into our study of Romans 2. We are going to park on verse 11. It says that there is no respect of persons with God. But, we think we see all manner of cases in God's dealings with humanity where He exercises a kind of "respect of persons". For example, we see the Bible telling us that God treats His children differently than He treats those who are not His children [Hebrews 12:8]. Is this not respect of persons? We also see that the Bible tells us that God saved Saul of Tarsus and let a host of like-minded Pharisees perish. Is this not respect of persons? We see that God reacted to Ananias and Sapphira, and their lie about how much money they got from the sale of their land, by killing them on the spot; but He has not killed the countless millions who have also lied. Is this not respect of persons?

Obviously, we need to understand the statement: There is no respect of persons with God.


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