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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who ‘will render to each one according to his deeds.’”—Romans 2:5-6 (NKJV)
The Book of Romans is the definitive declaration when it comes to mankind’s sin and God’s salvation. Paul painstakingly lays out the severity of our sin, showing us how guilty we all are and how deserving we are of divine judgment. By the time he gets to the passage above, he assures us that the Lord will faithfully execute the office of Ultimate Judge and “will render to each according to his deeds.”
Fortunately, Paul doesn’t stop there. There’s a second act to this drama, and it centers on the great work the Lord accomplished on our behalf by taking upon Himself the judgment that belonged to us. On the cross, the very God with the authority to condemn us stepped in and was condemned for us!
The cross is so momentous that it divides humanity into two categories: those who receive its significance and those who reject it. For those who receive it, their judgment has already been fulfilled by God’s Son. When they die, they will experience eternal life in God’s presence. However, those who reject it will be on their own to face the full force of God’s wrath. When they die, they will receive the everlasting condemnation and torment their sin has incurred. Jesus refers to these judgments at the end of the age in John’s gospel: “For the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28-29 NKJV).
Notice Jesus says that those who’ve “done good” will experience everlasting life, and in the very next chapter He clarifies exactly what that good work is: “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent” (John 6:29 NKJV).
Our judgment all comes down to the word “believe”—believing in Jesus and what He did for us on the cross. Make no mistake, the Lord’s judgment eventually comes to all people. We can either be judged by Him or judged in Him, and belief is the bridge that leads from one category to the other.
DIG: What does Romans reveal?
DISCOVER: How does it apply to you? What do you believe in regards to what you just read?
DISPLAY: As a believer, thank the Lord today that you are spared from His righteous judgment. Thank Him for His grace and mercy to save us. And pray for those who have not yet received His mercy, that they would believe and also be spared from His righteous judgment.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.