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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

God Is Good and Longsuffering

WHAT IS THE STANDARD FOR JUDGMENT

Pastor/Teacher Charles E. Whisnant

Rivers of Joy Baptist Church On April 11, 2010

I have come to the reality that this Bible is in fact God's very message to you and me. We're not dealing with some second hand commentary on what God thinks. There is no panel of commentators who give us their opinion of God. But this is His own precious word and scripture claims that every word of God is pure and all scripture is given so mankind will know the thinking and will of God. The word is for our maturity and growth.

 

What have we been learning thus far in chapter two of Romans:

God will judge all men, you and me, and through Jesus Christ. That's the Divine Plan:

  • 31Because God hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man (Jesus) whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He (God) hath raised Him (Jesus) from the dead." Acts 17
  • 22For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: John 5
  •  27And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. John 7
  • 48He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. John 12


 

SIX PRINCIPLES FOR DIVINE JUDGEMENT


 

1A    KNOWLEDGE:
vs. 1 If you know enough to judge someone else, then you khow enough to be held responsible for what you do.

2A    TRUTH: vs. 2-3. Judgment will fit the facts. God has the books which keep a perfect record of the truth about us, words, thoughts, deeds are perfectly kept.

3A    GUILT: vs. 4-5. All of us have been or are guilty of despising the goodness of God.


 

By God's goodness He has been leading us to repentance. But as Hosea 11:4, 7 says

  • 4I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love:
  •  7And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt him.

Despisest: or Think lightly
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  • To think, have understanding = mind, faculty of perceiving and judging, literally means to think down upon and so to despise, scorn, hold in contempt, not care for because it is thought to be without value. It means to "think little of". The idea is to look down on someone or something with contempt or dislike, with the implication that one considers the object of little value or as unworthy of one's notice or consideration.
  • Is present tense indicating that this contemptuous attitude is continuous and not just a one time thought. Active voice emphasizes that this attitude/action is a personal conscious, willful choice and thus they are fully accountable.

Of The Riches
4149

  • properly denotes abundance, plentitude, and literally is used to refer to material wealth or prosperity (abundance of earthly, temporal goods) which is the meaning in the parable of the seed and the soils (Matthew 13:22) Material riches are deceitful and choke out reception of the Word of God
  • Experiencing God's benefits so very much every day.

Of His Kindness or Goodness
5544


  • Furnish what is needed, to providing that which one needs. This word includes the idea of so called "common grace" which speak of the benefits God bestows on all. And is kindliness which disposes God to do good.

Forbearance
463

or Tolerance

But the sad fact is most people don't see God as GOOD. Most wonder how it is that God is so bad to good people. People will often say: "How can God allow this or that?"


 

LET ME TELL YOU THE ANSWER:

And Patience
3115

Lead You:71

To Repentance
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(Pastor Charles)