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Judgment

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Romans 2:1-16 We all must repent.  We must admit that we have been wrong, God is right and then appeal to His mercy for salvation.  This is what we learn from this passage. Romans 2:1 says: “Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.”  ( Romans 2:1 ESV ) We all judge others.   We know instinctively that murder is bad, that we ought not to lie or steal or cheat. We saw in Romans chapter one the terrible state humanity has fallen into because of their/our rejection of God.  Chapter one ends with a list of things humanity has become.  When we look at the list of things that God says we have become, we say, “Oh my, yes, these are bad things and I am glad I am not like that.  The list is as follows: “They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, mal

Apocalypse

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Romans 1:18-32 Google dictionary defines "apocalypse" as: the complete final destruction of the world, especially as described in the biblical book of Revelation. Wikipedia gives a more complete explanation when it says: An apocalypse (Ancient Greek: ἀποκάλυψις apokálypsis, from ἀπό and καλύπτω, literally meaning "an uncovering") is a disclosure of knowledge or revelation. In religious contexts it is usually a disclosure of something hidden, "a vision of heavenly secrets that can make sense of earthly realities". [1] In the Book of Revelation (Greek: Ἀποκάλυψις Ἰωάννου, Apokalypsis Ioannou – literally, John's Revelation), the last book of the New Testament, the revelation which John receives is that of the ultimate victory of good over evil and the end of the present age, and that is the primary meaning of the term, one that dates to 1175.[2] Today, the term is commonly used in reference to any prophetic revelation or so-calle

Wrath

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Romans 1:18-32 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.”   ( Romans 1:18 ESV ) When we think of the wrath of God, we think of great natural catastrophes, earthquakes, fires and storms.   Certainly the raging of a storm or the violence of an earthquake are terrifying in their scope and force. However, this conception of the wrath of God is not what we see in chapter one of Romans.    Romans chapter one paints a picture of God's wrath that is different from our natural perception of what wrath looks like.   This picture of God's wrath is given to us to help us understand why we need God's righteousness as revealed in the gospel.   It helps us understand why we need salvation in the first place.   In order to help us understand, Romans 1:18-32 starts out by showing us whom God's wrath is directed against and why God's wrath is directed against the