No Respect Of Persons

  1. INTRODUCTION:

    1. SCRIPTURE READING:

      Romans 2:1-11 = "Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest:
      for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the
      same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them
      which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such
      things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou
      the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the
      goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart
      treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous
      judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by
      patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
      But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness,
      indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of
      the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 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.
      "

      Comment: The phrase "respect of persons", is from one Greek word prosopolepsia, pronounced
      (pros-o-pol-ape-see'-ah); meaning partiality, favoritism. It is translated "respect of persons"; and in
      this passage has the word "no" in connection with it. This Greek word used in Romans 2:11, comes
      from prosopoleptes, pronounced (pros-o-pol-ape'-tace); one exhibiting partiality; or in connection
      with the "no", one that does not exhibit partiality.

    2. IMPARTIALITY:
      1. This is a trait of character to be admired in anyone: Parent; Teacher; Business Executive; Judge;
        or anyone with whom you might have to do.
      2. Impartial means: "Not favoring one more than another".
      3. No amount of ability or knowledge can substitute for impartiality.
      4. This is a rare quality that is seldom found.
    3. THE TEXT:
      1. Speaks of God as being impartial.
      2. God is the creator of all men and therefore must manifest no difference in judgment upon them.
      3. Consider with me some instances where God has manifested His impartiality.

  2. DISCUSSION:
    1. HE HAS DECLARED ALL TO BE SINFUL.

      Romans 3:23 = "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"

      1. The Bible is filled with the sinful acts of mankind.
      2. The sins of God’s most faithful servants are not concealed: Abraham, Moses, and David.

      Comment: Even though David was a man "after God’s own heart," [I Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22] his
      sins are recorded.

    2. A COMMON SAVIOR IS PROVIDED FOR ALL MANKIND.
      1. Christ is not the Savior of a particular class or race of people.
      2. Christ died for the sins of everyone.

        John 3:16 = "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."

      3. Christ brought a gospel from God that is universal, the scope of it is world wide.

        Matthew 28:19-20 = "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the
        name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe
        all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto
        the end of the world. Amen.
        "

        Romans 1:16 = "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of 
        God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
        "

      4. Christ, the sower, scatters the gospel seed upon every kind of soil.

      Matthew 13:3-9 = "And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower
      went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came
      and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and
      forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up,
      they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among
      thorns
      ; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and
      brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to
      hear, let him hear.
      "

    3. THE SAME INVITATION IS EXTENDED TO EVERYONE:
      1. To the weary and heavy laden.

        Matthew 11:28 = "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will
        give you rest.
        "

      2. To those thirty for salvation.

        John 7:37 = "In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying,
        If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
        "

      3. To everyone that will come.

        Revelation 22:17 = "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth
        say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the
        water of life freely.
        "

      4. The Lord will reject no one that will respond to His invitation.

      John 6:37 = "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I
      will in no wise cast out.
      "

    4. EVERYONE IS REQUIRED TO FOLLOW THE SAME CONDITONS OF PARDON.

      Acts 2:38 = "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the
      name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy
      Ghost.
      "

      Acts 17:30 = "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men
      every where to repent:
      "

      Romans 10:12-13 = "For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same
      Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of
      the Lord shall be saved.
      "

      Comment: God expects man to follow the conditions of pardon He has given. And yet:

      1. Man made religions set forth their own conditions of salvation that vary from one religion to
        another and yet there is one God.

        Ephesians 4:6 = "One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in
        you all.
        "

      2. The denominational world is filled with different conditions which are changed to suit man.

      Galatians 1:6-7 = "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the
      grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble
      you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
      "

      2 Timothy 4:3-4 = "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but
      after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they
      shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
      "

    5. GOD HAS GIVEN ONE STANDARD OF CONDUCT FOR EVERYONE:
      1. God did not build a church for every different culture, class or race of people.
      2. The word church, in the universal sense, is always found to be singular in number.

        Matthew 16:18 = "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I
        will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
        "

        Colossians 1:18 = "And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning,
        the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
        "

        Ephesians 4:4 = "There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of
        your calling;
        "

      3. In Christ all distinctions are removed.

      Galatians 3:26-28 = "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many
      of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek,
      there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ
      Jesus.
      "

    6. GOD HAS BUT ONE MANNER OF JUDGING MANKIND:
      1. God will not judge people as to their nation, class, or social status; but according to their
        individual work.

        1 Peter 1:17 = "And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth
        according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
        "

        Romans 14:12 = "So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God."

      2. God will not judge man according to his wealth or influence, but according to deeds.

    2 Corinthians 5:10 = "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may
    receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
    "

    Revelation 20:12 = "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were
    opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of
    those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
    "

  3. CONCLUSION:

    1. WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED ABOUT "NO RESPECTER OR PERSONS"?
      1. We have gained a great insight into the character of God.
      2. We have gained the knowledge that all man stand equal before God.
      3. We have gained the understanding that while God does not respect persons, He is a respecter
        of each individual’s character.

      1 Peter 3:21 = "The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the
      putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by
      the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
      "

      Acts 10:34-35 = "Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no
      respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is
      accepted with him.
      "

    2. WE THEREFORE MUST GIVE THE MORE EARNEST HEED TO OUR INDIVIDUAL
      OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S CONDITIONS OF PARDON.

2 Corinthians 5:10 = "For we must all appear before the
judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the
things done in his body, according to that he hath done,
whether it be good or bad.
"

Revelation 20:12 = "And I saw the dead, small and great,
stand before God; and the books were opened: and
another book was opened, which is the book of life: and
the dead were judged out of those things which were
written in the books, according to their works.
"

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