Romans 2:5-10

In Romans 2:5-10 Paul reminds us that sin is creating a wrath in God’s judgment that we will face someday. Jesus is the answer to dealing with the wrath of sin. Jesus came because God loved us so much He sent His only Son to die on a Cross and give us the opportunity to overcome the wrath we create through sin and have it replaced by the atoning blood of Jesus. “But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.” But when Jesus comes again, we’ll face the result of our sin and the wrath it has created unless we are covered by the blood of Christ.

We will stand before God on our own merits, and unfortunately not one of us will fare well on our own. We are all sinners – the scripture is very clear about that – and as a result we’ll be judged and punished based on that outcome. But God loved us enough to provide a way to redeem our souls from the very sin that condemns us. That’s why Jesus came – to give us a way to stand before God and be white as snow – covered by the blood of the Savior so our sin does not even show up on God’s radar. We will face Him based on our own works. But we can have the sin we’ve committed covered by the blood of the Lamb. That’s God’s provision to allow us to spend eternity with Him.

He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.” God wants us to be saved. He knows we can’t make it on our own. If someone genuinely did good at all times, he could earn eternal life on his own effort – but there is none who will qualify, because all, in some way or another are, have been, or will be self-seeking and disobedience to the truth God has proclaimed. We are all doomed if we face God on our own merits.

Because all fall short of this standard of God’s requirement, God’s wrath will come to all who do evil – without respect to whether they are Jew or Gentile. We will all stand before God. “There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.” It won’t be a pretty sight for those who face judgment on their own accord. No one will be immune – we all will stand before God. But thankfully God knew we would fail on our own and gave us a way to pass the entrance exam to eternal life with Him – a personal relationship with the Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. Are you ready to stand before Him?

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