... To ... Man that Worketh Good
A Sermon on Romans 2:6-10
He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. (ESV)
Can good works save us? Will we receive salvation just for being a nice person? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones is walking us through these questions in Romans 2:6-10, a passage often taken out of context. While works are the proof of salvation, they are not the source of it! Paul is proving that we cannot be justified by works alone and no matter the efforts of all of humanity, no one is righteous or exempt from judgement. In this message, the Doctor states that the day of condemnation will bring judgement upon those who relied on their efforts to impress God. Those that say they know the Lord but do not keep His commands are liars. If you are truly a believer, you have the Holy Spirit who will act in you, change you, and that change will be manifested with outward expression. Christians should always aim to bring glory to God, seek His honor, and yearn for eternal life with Him. This should cause us to be mindful that what comes out of our mouth also is represented in the works that we do.