August 23, 2018
What can the unfaithful expect from God?
Romans 2:5 because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,
In this verse, we see what can hinder us from receiving God’s full gift of eternal life. We are all responsible for our own destiny. There is a day, as we are told in
Romans 2:16 on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.
That day is appointed by God when we will be called to give account for what we have done.
We have all known obstinate people in our lives, those who no matter what, had to do things their way regardless of what the consequences were. People who will not take advice from anyone, well that’s exactly what it means here. This is about people who are determined to live according to their own knowledge and not to trust in God.
Ephesians 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
Repeated disobedience leads to stubbornness, which comes in many degrees of willful and arbitrary behavior. All of us have stubbornness when we resist doing something that may be unpleasant or that we just don’t want to do, such as taking out the garbage, this verse is addressing those who refuse to accept and follow the will of God, they know what is right, but are too wrapped up in themselves to follow God’s directions.
The second condition named here is an unrepentant heart. Many places in the Bible we see this as a hardened heart. One who will not take responsibilities for their actions and admit when they are wrong.
In order to repent, we first must accept that we are sinners and have not followed the path that has been set down for us by God.
John 3:36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.
A stubborn and unrepentant person will not look to anyone else for redemption, nor will they acknowledge the power and authority God has over them.
Today we may be able to hide our sins from others, but on that day of accountability, all will be exposed, not only our sins but the nature of God’s judgment.
2 Peter 3:7 But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
The wrath that we are storing up because of our hardheaded and impenitent attitudes will be far worse then we can imagine. If we don’t seek God’s grace and mercy and confess and ask forgiveness, we may face eternity without God. God will make that final decision not based on how many times we sinned, but on the condition of our hearts.
Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
The day we receive the revelation of God’s wrath will be too late, we will have no recourse to make amends for the lifestyle and decisions we made here and now.
The fact that God’s wrath is a righteous wrath going without saying, but I believe what we need to understand here is that whatever punishment, whatever judgment we receive on that day will be justified; we will have earned or stored up, whether good or bad, what God hands down for us.
I don’t think that this warning is intended to be for those of us who are living the life God has purposed for us, even though we sin, we seek forgiveness with a right heart and mind; no this is directed at those of are willful and continuous sinners, those with hardened hearts.
To wrap up where we are; take a long hard look at your heart.
Are you truly repentant of your sins?
Have you turned over the power and authority in your life to God?
Take responsibility for your actions and seek God’s forgiveness, for true happiness now and for eternity.