IS THERE UNRIGHTEOUSNESS WITH GOD?
Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
God cannot behave in a way foreign to His character.
God’s character is perfectly holy and righteous.
God cannot be unrighteous.
God is just. God is love.
God behaves in all His dealings with man according to His impeccable character.
Let us look at the Scripture tonight and allow the Holy Spirit to show us what He wants us to learn.
I. MERCY COMES FROM GOD. (vs 14-16)
Mercy is a privilege not a right. We do not deserve it.
God doesn’t have to extend it. We have no right to demand it.
God in His grace extends mercy to those whom He pleases.
A. There are conditions to receiving God’s mercy.
One must be willing to accept Christ as Savior.
When a person is known as God knows, there is nothing hidden.
God knows if that person is going to be saved.
Some people will never be saved.
They will hear the Gospel time and again, but the will resist every attempt to be reached with the Gospel.
In order to receive God’s mercy, one must be willing.
God has chosen those whom He knows will be saved as the recipients of His grace and mercy.
20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
II Th 2:13
13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
2 Tim 2:4
4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
1 Pet 2:9
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
There is a condition to God’s grace and that is a willingness to accept it by returning His love and by faith receiving Christ as personal Savior.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
B. There is a constraint to God’s mercy.
That is there is a time limit to accepting Christ.
One cannot receive Christ who refuses until death.
After death all hope is removed. No one can be saved after death.
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
After death no amount of prayer by those loved ones left behind, no amount of money paid, nothing can change the destiny of one who dies without Christ.
One cannot receive Christ who has heard the Gospel and refuses until after the rapture.
2 Thes 2:9-11
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
Mercy comes from God.
There are conditions and restraints to receiving God’s mercy.
II. THE MIGHTY GIVE ACCOUNTS TO GOD. (vs 17-18)
They may live sumptuously on earth.
The rich man and Lazarus. (Luke 16:19-31)
The rich farmer. (Luke 12:17-20)
The rich young man. (mark 19:16-23)
They may become mighty.
Other kings and dignitaries down through the ages have been men of great power and authority.
No matter how great they become, they must all be judged.
God will judge all men.
The mercy comes from God, the mighty give account to God and finally:
III. THE METHODOLOGY BELONGS TO GOD. (19-24)
God’s method flows from perfection. (19-21)
Some will want to resist God’s plan.
Yes, they are among us today.
They think they have a better plan than God.
They say it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you believe something.
Now if there is a God in heaven, and there is indeed, how can he be in control if people are allowed to live anyway they want to live.
Are people in control or is God in control?
If God is in control then we must live His way or suffer the consequence of disobedience.
Who can deny God?
The answer is that no one can resist.
God has a plan for the universe and everything is working in accordance to God’s plan.
Who can reply?
Who can tell God that His plan is not perfect and that they have a better idea? No one.
God’s plan was conceived in perfection.
No one can improve upon God’s plan.
God’s method makes a distinction.
God distinguishes between His chosen and those who are doomed to destruction.
5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.
7 For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.
18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.
God’s methodology flows from perfection, God’s methodology makes a distinction, and
God’s methodology includes affection.
God loves His people. (24)
Even us Paul says. Those who accept His grace by placing their faith in Christ as Saviour and sustainer.
For God so loved the world that He gave His son. Salvation is available to all.
Some will resist and reject God’s plan.
God knows who they are.
Some will accept and love God in return for His tremendous love toward them.
God knows all.
He sees beyond the exterior and knows each of us.
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.