“Or despisest thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; who will render to every man according to his deeds:”—Romans 2:4-6
“Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4, ESV). A man who trusts his own righteousness, as in the Lord’s parable of the Pharisee and the publican (Luke 18:9-14), or as seen of those hypocrites Jesus mentions in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:1-5), is one who is like a person who actually despises the infinite goodness and riches of God. That none of us has been wiped out by a thunderbolt from heaven today is evidence that God is forbearing and exceeding long in patience; and THAT SHOULD lead us to repentance.
“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” (Romans 2:5, ESV). Without repentance (which has no place in a man unless a soul has been regenerated by the power of God through the hearing of truth by faith), God’s wrath for every sin committed, every righteous deed omitted, and every sinful thought entertained will be laid up, stored up, and heaped up for the wrath of God that will reveal His holy and righteous justice in that day.
“[God] will render to each one according to his works” (Romans 2:6, ESV). There is a judgment coming to every soul, whether righteous or wicked.
LISTEN TO THE SERMON preached on this text on August 16, 2009 at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church.
CLICK HERE to read the previous article in this series, “You Are Inexcusable” (Romans 2:1-3).