Skip to main content

Romans 2:8: There Will Be Wrath And Fury


Romans 2:8
[8] but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. (ESV)

If you spend time listening to many of the self-help gurus in our society you will hear things like, "Stay away from anyone who does not celebrate you!" There is this fascination with helping people to realize just how awesome we truly are. We are told to follow our heart. We are instructed to find our inner royalty.

It is striking how differently God looks at us. In this verse Paul gives instruction to the person who is looking within for their understanding of greatness. The one who is self-seeking is not praised for discovering their inner royalty. They are warned that God's wrath and fury awaits them. Instead of obeying their heart they should have obeyed God's truth.

Paul says that the self-seeking man is not obeying the truth. What truth is he disobeying? Jesus would give a great answer to that question. When the Savior was challenged as to what was the most important commandment he said there were two: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and Love your neighbor as yourself.

It is clear that a self-seeking person could not possibly be living up to these two commandments that Jesus refers to. Jesus said that all of the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Notice how Jesus is not impressed with our inner royalty. He is not one who celebrates whatever our wicked heart desires. He will bring wrath and fury for those who do not obey truth.

Are you in love with the Lord or are you in love with your self? There will be wrath and fury for those who are self-seeking. Seek the Lord and obey the truth!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Romans 8:18: For I Consider That The Sufferings Of This Present Time Are Not Worth Comparing

Romans 8:18 [18] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (ESV) Perspective. What an important word. Let's be honest. We do not like the idea of suffering. We will do almost anything to avoid any kind of suffering. Some churches have gone so far as to preach against the idea of suffering, declaring it to not be a part of the true believer's life. Paul is not shy about the topic. Paul uses the sufferings of this present time as a means to consider the greater glory that awaits us. Perspective. Paul is not in any way attempting to diminish our suffering. A view toward eternity puts our suffering in a proper understanding. Yes, our suffering is terrible. In the grand scheme of eternity it is not even worth comparison. Maybe you are thinking that Paul does not know what he is talking about when it comes to suffering. In 2 Corinthians 11 Paul describes countless beatings, often near death,

Romans 11:24: For If You Were Cut From What Is By Nature A Wild Olive Tree, And Grafted, Contrary To Nature, Into A Cultivated Olive Tree . . .

Romans 11:24 [24] For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree. (ESV) We continue looking at the illustration of an olive tree. The root of the tree is the covenant relationship relationship of God with Abraham. Abraham's faith is what this spiritual tree is built on. The first branches would have been the faithful people of Israel, who like Abraham, placed their faith in God. They believed God, just like Abraham, and it was credited to them as righteousness. There were branches of the people of Israel who never placed their faith in God. Because these branches were not true followers of God they were broken off of the tree. Faith in God was the essential element that made the branches true branches of this spiritual tree. Some branches remained. Others, the faithless unbelievers, were removed. After Jesu

Romans 3:18: There Is No Fear Of God Before Their Eyes

Romans 3:18 [18] “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (ESV) Should we be terrified of God? There are many who think that God is only a God of love and not to be feared at all. Is God a God of judgment? The Apostle Paul is going to bring us some perspective on how how we should approach God. This verse is a quote from the Old Testament and is a statement on the overall condition of humankind in every generation. First of all, we are going to need to define the word "fear." This idea of fear is not necessarily terror, but rather it is a healthy sense of awe of God's greatness. It is astounding how man can look at God, and see all that he has made, and not be overwhelmed by a sense of awe at his greatness. I think of how man has come up with a theory of evolution primarily to excuse their ignoring of God. As a result of ignoring God's greatness and refusing to give him the glory that he deserves there is another aspect of fear that man should have. Man