Yesterday I preached from Romans eight:five-eight in our series by means of Romans. Although several individuals try to teach a third category of individuals (the carnal Christian) and a simple Universalism strategy to eternity with heaven getting genuine and hell getting reserved for the monsters of society—it’s crucial to grapple with the reality that Paul sets forth in this paragraph and to fully grasp that genuine individuals go to hell each day and they will by no means leave. Exactly where will you devote eternity?
Paul starts with a comparison of the two individuals and their eternal destinies. The unbeliever sets his thoughts on the items of the flesh (the planet) whilst the believer sets his thoughts on the items of the Spirit (God and the items of God). The unbeliever receives the second death whilst the believer receives eternal life and eternal peace. That is the complete point of Romans eight:five-six. In other words, what we think controls how we reside. Unbelievers like the planet proving that the like of the Father is not in them (1 John two:15). The believer loves God and demonstrate that by a life devoted to him. The unbeliever goes to hell and the believer goes to heaven. There is no other solution.
Paul then completes this section with 3 clear statements about unbelievers. As you think about these statements, examine your life and see if you are in the faith.
Statement #1: Unbelievers are hostile to God
In Romans eight:7, Paul states, “For the thoughts that is set on the flesh is hostile to God…” The word translated hostile is the Greek term, ““ἔχθρα” which implies “to be at enmity with God hatred towards God to be hostile in attitude and action towards God.” This implies that a individual who is an unbeliever is the enemy of God and is at war with God. This warfare is manifest in each active and passive disobedience. In other words, there is each a physical and non-physical (mental) aspect.
The unbeliever who is at war with God can physically rebel against God by physical acts of sin that demonstrate hatred. This could involve all the things from murder to sexual sins such as homosexuality and adultery. Self-mutilation is an additional implies of physical war against God—including the sin of suicide (self-murder).
The unbeliever who is at war with God can likewise wage war against God with tips and ideologies. For instance, “the fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Ps. 14:1). The false tips about God and false teachings about his character, the doctrine of salvation, and different other tips that assault the nature and sovereignty of God prove that even mentally—the unbeliever utilizes his or her thoughts against God.
Statement #two: Unbelievers Can not Obey God
Paul points out that the thoughts of the unbeliever “does not submit to God’s law certainly, it cannot” (Rom. eight:7). This is what we know as the doctrine of Total Depravity. The Bible teaches that man, if left to his personal potential and his personal will, would by no means select God. According to God’s Word—the unbeliever is dead in his trespasses and sins (Eph. two:1-10). Moreover, the unbeliever can not fully grasp God’s Word, mainly because such understanding comes from God (1 Cor. two:14).
By nature, the Word of God teaches us that we are lawless (rebels) against God:
- Matthew 7:23 – And then will I declare to them, ‘I by no means knew you depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
- Matthew 23:28 – So you also outwardly seem righteous to other individuals, but inside you are complete of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
- two Corinthians six:14 – Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
- Titus two:14 – who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a individuals for his personal possession who are zealous for very good functions.
- Romans four:7 – “Blessed are these whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered
The unbeliever can not obey God – mainly because his will and desires are in bondage to sin. This is why John six:44 says, “No one particular can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the final day.”
Statement #three: Unbelievers Can not Please God
What separates Christianity from most planet religions is that other religions teach that it is feasible and required to please God by functions. Christianity teaches that it is not possible. God pleases God. That is the point of the cross. Guilty sinners come to God by means of Jesus’ function. Paul is laboring in Romans to teach the clear doctrine of justification by faith alone in Christ alone for the remission of sins.
The clear teaching of Scripture as a complete is centered on this reality:
- Romans three:20 – For by functions of the law no human getting will be justified in his sight, given that by means of the law comes know-how of sin.
- Galatians two:16 – but we know that a individual is not justified by functions of the law but by means of faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by functions of the law, mainly because by functions of the law no one particular will be justified.
- Titus three:five says, “he saved us, not mainly because of functions performed by us in righteousness, but according to his personal mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,”
That is why we need to have a righteousness that we can not carry out or buy. That righteousness does not come from inside us. It is what has been named “an alien righteousness” – one particular outdoors of us. It is the righteousness of God. When Jesus died on the cross, he alone pleased the Father!
Isaiah 53:10 – But it was the will of the LORD to crush him he has place him to grief when his soul tends to make an supplying for guilt, he shall see his offspring he shall prolong his days the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
In the substitutionary death of Jesus, Christ was:
- The wrath getting
- Justice satisfying
- Guilt removing
- Penalty paying
- Sin atoning
- Devil defeating
- Grave conquering
- Lamb of God
As you think about these two sorts of individuals and their eternal destines, what group of individuals do you see your self with? What path are you walking? Exactly where will you devote eternity—heaven or hell? If you are not a Christian, but you see your sin and fully grasp your need to have for forgiveness, don’t forget, Jesus by his resurrection proved that he has authority to forgive sinners. Contact out to God these days and plead for the function of Christ to be credited to your account. Plead for mercy from the God of mercy and you will be saved (Rom. 10:13).
Augustus Toplady wrote these words in his hymn:
Absolutely nothing in my hand I bring,
Merely to the cross I cling
Naked, come to Thee for dress
Helpless appear to Thee for grace
Foul, I to the fountain fly
Wash me, Savior, or I die.