Romans 2 – The Great Explosion of Human Nature 人性的大爆發
Wednesday, 31st May 2023
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Church is made up of people, without people there will be no church. We must know people and know the human nature. Paul reminded the people of Roman church to wake up and take note of the human nature. There were a lot of problems in the Roman church, but at the end of the day, it was people, human nature, that caused all the problems. Paul discovered this truth and revealed this truth to help the brothers and sisters in the church.
Section One V1-16 What Men Do God Will Repay
We must not judge others, instead, we should first look at our own lives. What is inside our lives? We are so ministry oriented, and we don’t see our true self, and we don’t see who we really are. We don’t know who we are anymore, we try to cover ourselves, to show the best of ourselves, and at the end of the day, we don’t even know ourselves. We are full of lies and we don’t have a foundation to stand on.
Paul knew God will judge, he was teaching the church to listen. Our authority also knows our problems, they are also trying to teach us the truth, but are we willing to face our own problems? We say God is love, but what are we doing with the love of God? Not to do whatever we want to do but to repent and return. God’s grace allows us to live again, but do we have an appreciative heart? God has been enduring us, we must not challenge God, because in the end time, we will all be judged and we will have to take responsibility of our own lives.
Section Two V17-24 Can Say But Cannot Do, Profane God’s Name
We all have a lot to say, we have our own interpretations of things and of people, everyone is so good at talking about what others are lacking, but fail to see our own limitations. We thought we know a lot, but do we really act it out? We must not become the people who are so good at talking but no good at acting it out. People are watching us, as Christians, we are setting an example of people around us, they are looking at us and they are leaning from us.
Do not trip over those unbelievers, do not lead others into death, do not let our lives become stumbling stones of people around us. We use magnifying glass to look at other people’s problems, it we allow ourselves to be under so much grace, to make so many mistakes, and to backslide again and again. Jesus already told us that He’s given us the strength and authority to do all things, but do we take up this authority and be determined to change our ways?
Let us stop magnifying ourselves, let us stop seeing ourselves more than everything else, Jesus wants to come to our lives, but we see ourselves so much that we cannot see Jesus. Jesus is always there, He never leaves us, but when we only see ourselves we will fail to see Jesus. We will then think we are alone, and we can never share the goodness of Jesus with those around us. Do not have the victim mindset, we cannot do anything without Jesus and we must know that.
Section Three V25-29 Not in the Letter but in the Heart
We like to receive praises from others, we want people to say that what we do are good. We chase after methods, ways, and we don’t seek what’s in the heart. We thought by doing this and doing that we will please God, but at the end of the day, we are still trying to receive the crown from God by using our own ways. When we are at church, we have expectations for the worship, for the message, for the pastoral caring… This is should not be an exchange, but a response to God’s love.
Our hearts are evil, our human nature is wicked, we are full of unbelief, and we worship God like worshipping the idols. In Romans 2, the human nature was revealed, it was exploding in front of us, so we know the heart of God. It’s time to turn back, it’s time to repent, and it’s time to really see the true self, so we can hide under God’s protection, to renew our strength in God.
罗马书 2 – 人性的大爆发
一、v.1-16 人所行的 神必报应
二、v.17-24 能说不能做 亵辱神的名
三、v.25-29 不在乎仪文 在乎内心