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Introduction: Inexcusable Gentiles

The apostle Paul in Romans 1:18-32 makes it clear that the Gentile world are in guilt because “that which may be known of God is manifest to them.”
Simply put, as the following verses imply, the invisible things of God, meaning His power and Godhead, are understood by the things that are made, or created.
These things are sufficiently made manifest to the Gentile world, but instead of yielding to the evidences of God’s existence and sovereign, they dismissed it and chose to serve the things that are created rather than the Creator.
From Romans 1:26-32 we find what was the result when God gave them up to their own sinful desires.
Romans 1:26–32 KJV 1900
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Let us list the results of the rejection of the knowledge of God:
Filled with all unrighteousness.
Fornication
Wickedness.
Covetousness
Maliciousness.
Desire to cause pain, injury or distress to another.
Having a grudge
Spiteful.
Full of envy.
Murder
Debate or strife.
Deceit.
Malignity
Evil in nature, influence, or effect.
Having or showing intense vicious ill will.
Whisperers or gossipers.
Backbiters.
Slanderer or one who defames or insults.
Haters of God.
Despiteful.
Proud.
Boasters or arrogant person
Inventors of evil things.
Disobedient to parents.
Without understanding.
Dull or foolish
Covenant-breakers’
Or truce-breakers 2Timothy 3:3
Without natural affection or unsociable
Heartless or without love
Implacable.
Not capable of being appeased.
Irreconcilable.
Unforgiving.
Unmerciful
Ruthless
Merciless.
Now in the judgment, the end of all these deeds is death! Romans 6:21
Romans 6:21 KJV 1900
21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

Inexcusable Jew

The Jews looked at the Gentile world through this lens of superiority and self righteousness.
Because they possessed the precious oracles of God, THEY were the ones enlightened, and all the others were counted as good as lost in their sins.
I am afraid that the “Jews” of today, the people of God, the SDARM, can make the same mistake in having their perspective distorted of those of other faiths, and even of other Christians who don’t hold to the Bible as we do.
Romans 2:1
Romans 2:1 KJV 1900
1 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.
Can we judge them truly?
Can we look at that list of sins that bar an entrance to eternal glories, and say “I am without sin”? Even as a professed follower of God?
When Mary Magdalene was about to be stoned, what did Jesus say as He intervened? “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” John 8:7.
John 8:7 KJV 1900
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
What about king David, who was a Jew of Jews? 2Samuel 12:5-9
2 Samuel 12:5–9 KJV 1900
5 And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: 6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. 7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; 8 And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. 9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.
There is only one Man born into this world that could truly ask the question, “Which of you convinceth me of sin?” John 8:46
John 8:46 KJV 1900
46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
What did Christ teach about judgment of others? Matthew 7:1-2
Matthew 7:1–2 KJV 1900
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
Romans 2:2
Romans 2:2 KJV 1900
2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
We believe that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such offenses!
Romans 2:3
Romans 2:3 KJV 1900
3 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?
And yet we somehow numb our consciences that we who commit the same offenses shall escape the judgment of God?
Look at the example of Paul:
Acts 24:16
Acts 24:16 KJV 1900
16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.
Let’s be clear that we do possess an ability to judge to a certain degree.
We judge a person whether they are trust worthy of committing something to their care.
But we can only judge according to what we see. Matthew 7:1-5
Matthew 7:1–5 KJV 1900
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
But when we posses a spirit of judgment that includes self righteousness and condemnation of other people’s lives, that’s when we step over a boundary with God and man, and try to take that form of judgment that is the prerogative of God alone.
Testimonies for the Church, Volume 8 Chapter 15—A Neglected Warning

Those who came to Battle Creek when they had a work to do in the church that they left, lost their missionary spirit and their spiritual discernment in coming to Battle Creek. There they came in contact with a pharisaism, a self-righteousness, that is always a snare. It is the form of godliness without the power thereof.

Testimonies for the Church, Volume 8 Chapter 15—A Neglected Warning

Earnest workers have no time to dwell upon the defects of others. They behold the Saviour, and by beholding become changed into His likeness. He is the One whose example we are to follow in our character building. In His life upon the earth He plainly revealed the divine nature. We should strive to be perfect in our sphere, as He was perfect in His sphere. No longer are the members of the church to remain unconcerned in regard to the formation of right characters. Placing themselves under the molding influence of the Holy Spirit, they are to form characters that are a reflection of the divine character.

Romans 2:4
Romans 2:4 KJV 1900
4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Do we presume upon His goodness, taking it for granted; not knowing that the the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Romans 2:5
Romans 2:5 KJV 1900
5 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;
If we continue down this path the result is that we are treasuring up to ourselves wrath on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.
Romans 2:6-11
Romans 2:6–11 KJV 1900
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.
All will receive wages that they are worthy of. Whether wages of death, or wages of eternal life.
Romans 14:12
Romans 14:12 KJV 1900
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
We shall give an account to ourselves to God.
Romans 2:12-16
Romans 2:12–16 KJV 1900
For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
This law in their hearts I believe is the enmity that God has placed in men from the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve sinned.
God has placed eternity in men’s hearts. Ecclesiastes 3:11
Education Chapter 4—Relation of Education to Redemption

Christ is the “Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” John 1:9. As through Christ every human being has life, so also through Him every soul receives some ray of divine light. Not only intellectual but spiritual power, a perception of right, a desire for goodness, exists in every heart. But against these principles there is struggling an antagonistic power. The result of the eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil is manifest in every man’s experience. There is in his nature a bent to evil, a force which, unaided, he cannot resist. To withstand this force, to attain that ideal which in his inmost soul he accepts as alone worthy, he can find help in but one power. That power is Christ. Co-operation with that power is man’s greatest need.

Desire of Ages Chapter 70—“The Least of These My Brethren”

All who have been born into the heavenly family are in a special sense the brethren of our Lord. The love of Christ binds together the members of His family, and wherever that love is made manifest there the divine relationship is revealed. “Everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” 1 John 4:7.

Desire of Ages Chapter 70—“The Least of These My Brethren”

Those whom Christ commends in the judgment may have known little of theology, but they have cherished His principles. Through the influence of the divine Spirit they have been a blessing to those about them. Even among the heathen are those who have cherished the spirit of kindness; before the words of life had fallen upon their ears, they have befriended the missionaries, even ministering to them at the peril of their own lives. Among the heathen are those who worship God ignorantly, those to whom the light is never brought by human instrumentality, yet they will not perish. Though ignorant of the written law of God, they have heard His voice speaking to them in nature, and have done the things that the law required. Their works are evidence that the Holy Spirit has touched their hearts, and they are recognized as the children of God.

Desire of Ages Chapter 70—“The Least of These My Brethren”

How surprised and gladdened will be the lowly among the nations, and among the heathen, to hear from the lips of the Saviour, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me”! How glad will be the heart of Infinite Love as His followers look up with surprise and joy at His words of approval!

Desire of Ages Chapter 70—“The Least of These My Brethren”

But not to any class is Christ’s love restricted. He identifies Himself with every child of humanity. That we might become members of the heavenly family, He became a member of the earthly family. He is the Son of man, and thus a brother to every son and daughter of Adam. His followers are not to feel themselves detached from the perishing world around them. They are a part of the great web of humanity; and Heaven looks upon them as brothers to sinners as well as to saints. The fallen, the erring, and the sinful, Christ’s love embraces; and every deed of kindness done to uplift a fallen soul, every act of mercy, is accepted as done to Him.

Desire of Ages Chapter 70—“The Least of These My Brethren”

The angels of heaven are sent forth to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation. We know not now who they are; it is not yet made manifest who shall overcome, and share the inheritance of the saints in light; but angels of heaven are passing throughout the length and breadth of the earth, seeking to comfort the sorrowing, to protect the imperiled, to win the hearts of men to Christ. Not one is neglected or passed by. God is no respecter of persons, and He has an equal care for all the souls He has created.

Conclusion: Inward Jew

Romans 2:17-27
Romans 2:17–27 KJV 1900
17 Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God, 18 And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law; 19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, 20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law. 21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? 22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege? 23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? 24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written. 25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. 26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision? 27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?
Romans 2:28-29
Romans 2:28–29 KJV 1900
28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
What is an outward Jew?
Galatians 6:15
Galatians 6:15 KJV 1900
15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
2Timothy 3:5
2 Timothy 3:5 KJV 1900
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
What is an inward Jew?
Colossians 2:10-13
Colossians 2:11 KJV 1900
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Philippians 3:3
Philippians 3:3 KJV 1900
3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
2Corinthians 5:17
2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV 1900
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Let us not look at the world around us, whether in the church or outside of it, and nurture a self-righteous, Pharisaical spirit when considering the light that God has graciously given to us.
Let us remember that God is no respecter of persons, and manifests Himself to anyone who is thirsting after the water of life.
Let us not judge the world, and other people’s experience, let us examine closely our own lives, whether we be in the faith, and as we consider the multitude of our own defects and failures, it will provoke in us love and sympathy for others in the church and in the world struggling with sin.
Let our praise be not of men, but of God. 2Corinthians 10:18
2 Corinthians 10:18 KJV 1900
18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
Who will receive that crown of glory? Psalm 15
Psalm 15 KJV 1900
A Psalm of David. Lord, Who shall abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, And speaketh the truth in his heart. He that backbiteth not with his tongue, Nor doeth evil to his neighbour, Nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; But he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. He that putteth not out his money to usury, Nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.
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