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Romans 2:8

Rom 2:1-16
The Jews thought themselves a holy people, entitled to their privileges by right, while they were unthankful, rebellious, and unrighteous.  But all who act thus, of every nation, age, and description, must be reminded that the judgment of God will be according to their real character.  The case is so plain, that we may appeal to the sinner's own thoughts. In every wilful sin, there is contempt of the goodness of God.  And though the branches of man's disobedience are very various, all spring from the same root.  But in true repentance, there must be hatred of former sinfulness, from a change wrought in the state of the mind, which disposes it to choose the good and to refuse the evil.  It shows also a sense of inward wretchedness. Such is the great change wrought in repentance, it is conversion, and is needed by every human being.  The ruin of sinners is their walking after a hard and impenitent heart.  Their sinful doings are expressed by the strong words, “treasuring up wrath.”  In the description of the just man, notice the full demand of the law.  It demands that the motives shall be pure, and rejects all actions from earthly ambition or ends.  In the description of the unrighteous, contention is held forth as the principle of all evil. The human will is in a state of enmity against God.  Even Gentiles, who had not the written law, had that within, which directed them what to do by the light of nature.  Conscience is a witness, and first or last will bear witness.  As they kept or broke these natural laws and dictates, their consciences either acquitted or condemned them.  Nothing speaks more terror to sinners, and more comfort to saints, than that Christ shall be the Judge.  Secret services shall be rewarded, secret sins shall be then punished, and brought to light.  Matthew Henry Concise Commentary

"but to those who are selfishly ambitious2052 and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation." (NASB)

"But unto them that are contentious2052, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath," (KJV)

"But He will pour out His anger and wrath on those who live for themselves2052, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness. (NLT)

"but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition2052 and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness." (NET)

"I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in Me will no longer remain in the dark.  I will not judge those who hear Me but don't obey Me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it.  But all who reject Me and My message will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken." John 12:46-48

"And I saw a great white throne and the One sitting on it.  The earth and sky fled from His presence, but they found no place to hide.  I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God's throne.  And the books were opened, including the Book of Life.  And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books.  The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead.  And all were judged according to their deeds.  Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire.  This lake of fire is the second death.  And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire." Rev 20:11-15 NLT

"Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth." 2 Th 2:12 NLT

Dr. John Gill give us some interesting insight into the description of this first phrase wherein he describes those who would be disrupters within the church!  "But unto them that are contentious,.... This is a description of the other sort of persons to whom God will render according to their deeds, "who are of the contention"; who contend for victory, and not truth; strive about words to no profit; are quarrelsome, and sow discord among men, and in churches;" Once again the warning words of Jonathan Edwards ring in my ears where the resident terrorist walks freely within the body of Christ and delivers a great harm.

"For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition2052, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind." James 3:16 NLT

"The former proclaim Christ from selfish ambition2052, not sincerely, because they think they can cause trouble for me in my imprisonment." Phil 1:17 NET

"For I am afraid that somehow when I come I will not find you what I wish, and you will find me not what you wish. I am afraid that somehow there may be quarreling, jealousy, intense anger, selfish ambition2052, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorder." 2 Cor 12:20 NET

What then is the attitude of my heart?  Do I serve Christ for all the wrong reasons?  Is my heart moved by the mercies of Christ?  Am I really in fellowship with Him?  Real fellowship with Christ is always the answer!  Yet the natural man is quarrelsome against the very person of God and chooses instead to obey unrighteousness. 

"Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy, complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose.  Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition2052 or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself." Phil 2:1-3 NET

2052 Thayer
εριθει?α
eritheia
Thayer Definition:
1) electioneering or intriguing for office
1a) apparently, in the NT a courting distinction, a desire to put one’s self forward, a partisan and fractious spirit which does not disdain low arts
1b) partisanship, fractiousness

G2052 Strong
εριθει?α
eritheia
er-ith-i'-ah
Perhaps from the same as G2042; properly intrigue, that is, (by implication) faction: - contention (-ious), strife.

A person’s habitual conduct, whether good or evil, reveals the condition of his heart.  Eternal life is not rewarded for good living; that would contradict many other Scriptures which clearly state that salvation is not by works, but is all of God’s grace to those who believe (e.g., Rom. 6:23; 10:9-10; 11:6; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5). A person’s doing good shows that his heart is regenerate.  Such a person, redeemed by God, has eternal life. Conversely a person who continually does evil and rejects the truth shows that he is unregenerate, and therefore will be an object of God’s wrath.

e.g. exempli gratia, for example
Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. (1983-c1985). The Bible knowledge commentary : An exposition of the scriptures (Ro 2:7). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

Romans 2:8

Rom 2:1-16
The Jews thought themselves a holy people, entitled to their privileges by right, while they were unthankful, rebellious, and unrighteous.  But all who act thus, of every nation, age, and description, must be reminded that the judgment of God will be according to their real character.  The case is so plain, that we may appeal to the sinner's own thoughts. In every wilful sin, there is contempt of the goodness of God.  And though the branches of man's disobedience are very various, all spring from the same root.  But in true repentance, there must be hatred of former sinfulness, from a change wrought in the state of the mind, which disposes it to choose the good and to refuse the evil.  It shows also a sense of inward wretchedness. Such is the great change wrought in repentance, it is conversion, and is needed by every human being.  The ruin of sinners is their walking after a hard and impenitent heart.  Their sinful doings are expressed by the strong words, “treasuring up wrath.”  In the description of the just man, notice the full demand of the law.  It demands that the motives shall be pure, and rejects all actions from earthly ambition or ends.  In the description of the unrighteous, contention is held forth as the principle of all evil. The human will is in a state of enmity against God.  Even Gentiles, who had not the written law, had that within, which directed them what to do by the light of nature.  Conscience is a witness, and first or last will bear witness.  As they kept or broke these natural laws and dictates, their consciences either acquitted or condemned them.  Nothing speaks more terror to sinners, and more comfort to saints, than that Christ shall be the Judge.  Secret services shall be rewarded, secret sins shall be then punished, and brought to light.  Matthew Henry Concise Commentary

"but to those who are selfishly ambitious2052 and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation." (NASB)

"But unto them that are contentious2052, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath," (KJV)

"But He will pour out His anger and wrath on those who live for themselves2052, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness. (NLT)

"but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition2052 and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness." (NET)

"I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in Me will no longer remain in the dark.  I will not judge those who hear Me but don't obey Me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it.  But all who reject Me and My message will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken." John 12:46-48

"And I saw a great white throne and the One sitting on it.  The earth and sky fled from His presence, but they found no place to hide.  I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God's throne.  And the books were opened, including the Book of Life.  And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books.  The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead.  And all were judged according to their deeds.  Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire.  This lake of fire is the second death.  And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire." Rev 20:11-15 NLT

"Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth." 2 Th 2:12 NLT

Dr. John Gill give us some interesting insight into the description of this first phrase wherein he describes those who would be disrupters within the church!  "But unto them that are contentious,.... This is a description of the other sort of persons to whom God will render according to their deeds, "who are of the contention"; who contend for victory, and not truth; strive about words to no profit; are quarrelsome, and sow discord among men, and in churches;" Once again the warning words of Jonathan Edwards ring in my ears where the resident terrorist walks freely within the body of Christ and delivers a great harm.

"For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition2052, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind." James 3:16 NLT

"The former proclaim Christ from selfish ambition2052, not sincerely, because they think they can cause trouble for me in my imprisonment." Phil 1:17 NET

"For I am afraid that somehow when I come I will not find you what I wish, and you will find me not what you wish. I am afraid that somehow there may be quarreling, jealousy, intense anger, selfish ambition2052, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorder." 2 Cor 12:20 NET

What then is the attitude of my heart?  Do I serve Christ for all the wrong reasons?  Is my heart moved by the mercies of Christ?  Am I really in fellowship with Him?  Real fellowship with Christ is always the answer!  Yet the natural man is quarrelsome against the very person of God and chooses instead to obey unrighteousness. 

"Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy, complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose.  Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition2052 or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself." Phil 2:1-3 NET

2052 Thayer
εριθει?α
eritheia
Thayer Definition:
1) electioneering or intriguing for office
1a) apparently, in the NT a courting distinction, a desire to put one’s self forward, a partisan and fractious spirit which does not disdain low arts
1b) partisanship, fractiousness

G2052 Strong
εριθει?α
eritheia
er-ith-i'-ah
Perhaps from the same as G2042; properly intrigue, that is, (by implication) faction: - contention (-ious), strife.

A person’s habitual conduct, whether good or evil, reveals the condition of his heart.  Eternal life is not rewarded for good living; that would contradict many other Scriptures which clearly state that salvation is not by works, but is all of God’s grace to those who believe (e.g., Rom. 6:23; 10:9-10; 11:6; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5). A person’s doing good shows that his heart is regenerate.  Such a person, redeemed by God, has eternal life. Conversely a person who continually does evil and rejects the truth shows that he is unregenerate, and therefore will be an object of God’s wrath.

e.g. exempli gratia, for example
Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. (1983-c1985). The Bible knowledge commentary : An exposition of the scriptures (Ro 2:7). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.



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