#11 God Is True, Whether We Like It Or Not!
Today we will see a fact stated from the Word of God and that fact is “God is true whether you like it or not! Now there are many things in the Bible that rub us the wrong way or make us mad or chap our hide so to speak. There are many tough passages that make us squirm.
There are passages that speak of the coming judgment of God upon this world of sin and even though we love the Lord, we still tremble with fear and awe, understanding that when the Judge of all the earth rises from His bench to pronounce sentence upon the wicked, it will be an overwhelming sight indeed.
And we know that the judge of all the earth will do right. He will execute perfect, righteous justice upon the wicked. He will show mercy to thousands and will at the same time, by no means clear the guilty.
Now many people have a problem with the God in the bible. They don’t like the idea of judgment or hell, or His perfect standard of righteousness. They cringe at the thought of holiness. They balk at the idea that we are commanded to be students of the word of God. ‘Why that means work,’ WORK! “Don’t we just make a decision and then God does the rest?”
Easy believism has caused more damage than anyone ever realized. Even Chuck Finney didn’t take it this far. Read his appeals to sinners and you’ll find him much more biblical and even orthodox than any of the slime we have heaped up in our faces by today’s ‘evangelists’.
Today’s modern ‘gospel’ is a dung heap of wickedness that bears no resemblance to the Gospel that Jesus preached. Modern man has decided that God is a kinder and gentler God than what we find in all those biblical accounts. He’s much more understanding that before. Or so we think!
But it doesn’t matter what we think. God isn’t up in heaven taking opinion polls concerning His eternal decrees. He isn’t seeking to modify His former stances to make them more palatable to sinners. He is God and He isn’t seeking re-election. Nor is He looking to win a popularity contest.
In fact to a point, God doesn’t care what we think! God is God and His word is His revealed will about the way things are going to be. Believers would do well to stop kicking against the goads and get on board with an attitude of humility! We know that there is a faithful remnant who truly love the Lord and who seek to apply the means of grace to their lives. They study to show themselves approved unto God, workmen who needn’t be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. They spend time alone with God, seeking grace and strength to help in time of need. And they earnestly long for His appearing. But many other Christians have been poorly taught. They have been a part of a denomination that doesn’t emphasize the systematic teaching of scripture but rather features feel good, psychological ‘talks’ geared to making one feel good about oneself. If they are truly born again they do have had the Holy Spirit in there lives. But due to one thing or another they have neglected the means of grace that are necessary for spiritual growth.
Still others are not believers at all but are merely hypocrites, mask wearers who have infiltrated the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ and have sought to pervert the word of God and replace the true Gospel with a disgusting caricature; a ‘gospel’ that appeals to the flesh in all of its non-glorious indulgent wickedness.
Now we as believers in Jesus Christ are called to holiness of life and there are no excuses for failure. We stand before God on the merits of Christ but in this life we are called to emulate Jesus life, a life of obedience to the commands of God. If we fail to do; by that I mean, if the practice of our lives is sin, then we really must re-examine our profession of faith.
As you can see, your attitude toward the will of God and your obedience or non-obedience to His commands speaks volumes about whether you have real faith in Him, or just an unreasonable facsimile.
Now in our lesson today we will see the Jews and the Gentiles side by side. We will see both the advantages and the disadvantages of both groups. But the key thing we will see is God almighty, the Lord of all life: the Living and True God. and the main point I want for us to understand is that God is True, His words are truth and they are light and His Son is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Lets turn to our text and see what God would want us to know this morning.
We are in Romans Chapter 3 and I would like to for us to remember the context in which Paul is speaking. He began this letter speaking of the faith of the Roman Christians and his longing to bring them some spiritual gift. He spoke of his relationship to Christ adn remember his words, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ… Oh if we could get that same zeal for the cause of Christ!
Paul painted for us a true picture of the people of the world, of their wretched state before almighty God. in Chapter 2 he dealt with the judgmental Jews and he spoke from experience. Remember he was a Pharisee, part of a pompous group of men who believed they were doing God a favor just allowing Him to hang out with them.
He concluded the second chapter by emphasizing that it’s what’s inside that counts. Now beginning with verse 1 of chapter 3 Paul asks us a question. “Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? I believe Paul is dealing with those who would say that the Jews were creeps and jerks. But in one sense they are no different than any other men. In another sense they have had many advantages. Paul says their advantages are 2 Great in every respect. Indeed, consider their name, “Israelites.” They were children of Israel, Jacob. They were part of a race of men who had been called out of the world so to speak and given the sign of circumcision to identify them as members of God’s chosen people. Notice what Paul says. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God.
What does that mean, “Oracles of God? Well the Greek word for Oracle is “logion” . In the Gospel of John he opens with the words, (Joh 1:1) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” logov. Of course this word refers to Jesus Christ. But who is this Jesus? He is the revealed word of God. He is the revealed truth about God. When you have beheld Jesus, you have beheld the Father.
Now God also spoke to men. In (Heb 1:1) The writer speaks of this saying “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, We know that God spoke to Adam and Eve, to Noah, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to Moses.
And in the account in Exodus 20 where He gave them the Ten Commandments, God actually allowed men to hear His heavenly voice as He thundered out His law. In fact they were so terrified by this that they begged Moses to ask God to stop, that they would rather that God spoke to Moses and then he could deliver the messages to them.
Now these Commandments, the laws given in Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy are the oracles, the logion, the words of God; that is they are His revealed will for His chosen people.
Now you will see that this next line of reasoning is implied by the text. Those that heard the word of God, did they obey? Were the Israelites perfectly faithful to God? Did they listen to His commands through Moses? They told him they would obey him. Did they obey the commands of God as He declared His Holy Law to them on the Holy Mount? They heard His actual voice telling them “Thou Shalt Not!” Were they faithful? You know the answer to that. Of course they were not faithful.
Why, shortly after Moses went up to Mount Sinai, the children of Israel began to play the harlot. They had heard God say, “Thou Shalt have no other gods besides Me!” and Thou shalt not make for thyself any graven image…” But then they began to demand that Aaron make them an idol…beneath the Holy Mountain…which burned with fire and smoke…God’s very presence didn’t dissuade these wicked men and women from blaspheming the Holy name of God by their harlotry and idolatry.
They even had the audacity to point to the calf and say, “This be your gods of Israel who brought you out of the land of Egypt.” We know that there was only a few, a faithful remnant who had not bowed the knee to this idol. The many were unbelievers. Dathan and Abiram and others, the sons of Korah…
The people wept in the ears of the Lord saying “Oh if we only had meat.” They wept in the ears of the Lord saying, “The people of the land of Canaan are too great for us. They will kill us and our children.” Only Joshua and Caleb are recorded as saying that God would give them the land. Oh the ugliness of unbelief. But was God not still God? Had He lost any of His almighty power? Don’t you believe it for a moment! (Isa 40:28) “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.”
So 3 What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it? How many times have you heard someone say that God can’t do this or that, that He is unable to fix certain things, that He has relinquished His power over the will of man etc… Men who do not know God try to tell us who He is but their information is no better than that of the blind men who were trying to describe and elephant.
No matter what men may say about God, no matter what men might believe about God it doesn’t change who God is. The false doctrines of men have no impact upon Him. The attacks men make upon the name of God or the word of God will not be victorious. There may be times when they seem to have the upper hand. But the scene that is being played out is that of Psalm 2.
God merely laughs at them. And then He will have them in derision. He will foil their plans and make them the laughing stock of the world. Their unbelief cannot nullify the faithfulness of God.
What about those who say and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” (2Pe 3:4) Will their mockery of the truth of the oracles of God cause Him any sleepless nights? Will God be bothered at all by them? NO! Will the unfaithfulness of men cause God to change His mind and not come back for His own? NO!
Hear Paul answer the question. He says; 4 May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written, “THAT YOU MAY BE JUSTIFIED IN YOUR WORDS, AND PREVAIL WHEN YOU ARE JUDGED.” All the schemes and plans of wicked man will come to naught. Every man from Jim Jones to David Koresh, to Charles Darwin, to Joseph Smith, all will be proven to be liars.
At the same time God’s word will always accomplish His will. (Isa 55:11) says; “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
(Isa 46:9-10) tells us to “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”
Back to Romans 3 and verse 5. And here we have an answer to those who say that God loves everybody and will let all men into heaven. You see, many people have all kinds of weird ideas about how God should act, how God should treat people, who should get to go to heaven and that our sinfulness is actually a good thing.
Paul asks, “But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He? (I am speaking in human terms.) Here is the mindset of many people. Homosexuals say, “God made me this way.” The rational of the world is “How can it be wrong when it feels so right?” And many reduce God to human terms. They place human characteristics on God or say that He was once human like us, or they say, “We are merely imitating God in our actions. What you call sin, we see as a reflection of the glory of God.”
Again by Gods grace we can see how stupid all of these things are. We have had our eyes opened to the truth of God and by grace we understand that He is Holy and perfect and cannot be tempted to evil… Paul answers saying 6 May it never be! For otherwise, how will God judge the world? God is the righteous judge who created all things, who orders all things by the council of His own will and He, as Creator, has laid down the standard of how things are to be. He is very clear that the soul that sinneth, that is, the person who breaks His laws will surely die!
And we are not merely speaking of physical death. We are talking about eternal death in the lake of fire. The scriptures tell us that It is appointed unto man to die once (physical death) and after that to face judgment. (2Co 5:10) tells us “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
Notice what that verse says. We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. That is all inclusive. What are we talking about here? I thought that there was no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. I can answer that if you will turn with me to (Mt 25:31-46) “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”
Notice that both believers and unbelievers are present. The Psalmist declares in Psalm 1 and verse 5 “Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.” That doesn’t mean there will be two separate judgments. We just saw that we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. and we also saw how Christ separated the sheep from the goats, the saints of God from the lost, unrepentant sinners. And so while both groups are before the throne, the ungodly are not in the congregation of the righteous. And also as it says they shall not stand, I believe this speaks of the utter terror that drives the lost to their faces in fear and dread of what is in store for them!
How different it is for the believer. We read in (2Ti 4:8) “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” Do not become proud because of what I am about to say but realize that we only stand before God as righteous by virtue of what He Himself has done. We are the saints of God, not because of what we do but because of what He has done. Because of Him we are children of the King of kings. Because of Him, there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. And because of Him, we are looking for the day when we will hear those wonderful words, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:” We will enter into our sabbath rest which is laid up for the people of God.
Now there are those, even in the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ who would say, “That’s not fair!” But are they right? Should God grade people on a curve so to speak? Should He give them the benefit of the doubt? (Ro 9:20) “On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it?” Indeed, to those who rail against God or complain about His ways Paul says… 4 “May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written, “THAT YOU MAY BE JUSTIFIED IN YOUR WORDS, AND PREVAIL WHEN YOU ARE JUDGED.”
God as creator has laid down the rules as to how His creation is to live. If they fail to meet His requirements, it isn’t because they don’t know about them for the heavens declare the glory of God and the earth showeth forth His handiwork. Since the beginning of time His divine attributes have been seen so that men are without excuse. No, it is because they have suppressed the truth in unrighteousness, to their own damnation! And God will be found true, whether men like it or not!