gonna harden my heart

April 14, 2015

sugar coating

Romans 2:5New American Standard Bible (NASB)

But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God…

I like the King James Version better for this verse;

Romans 2:5King James Version (KJV)

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;

Provoking the wrath of God, v. 5. The rise of this provocation is a hard and impenitent heart; and the ruin of sinners is their walking after such a heart, being led by it. To sin is to walk in the way of the heart; and when that is a hard and impenitent heart (contracted hardness by long custom, besides that which is natural), how desperate must the course needs be!

The provocation is expressed by treasuring up wrath. Those that go on in a course of sin are treasuring up unto themselves wrath. A treasure denotes abundance. It is a treasure that will be spending to eternity, and yet never exhausted; and yet sinners are still adding to it as to a treasure. Every willful sin adds to the score, and will inflame the reckoning; it brings a branch to their wrath, as some read that (Eze. 8:17), they put the branch to their nose.

A treasure denotes secrecy. The treasury or magazine of wrath is the heart of God himself, in which it lies hid, as treasures in some secret place sealed up; see Deu. 32:34; Job 14:17. But withal it denotes reservation to some further occasion; as the treasures of the hail are reserved against the day of battle and war, Job 38:22, 23. These treasures will be broken open like the fountains of the great deep, Gen. 7:11. They are treasured up against the day of wrath, when they will be dispensed by the wholesale, poured out by full vials.

Though the present day be a day of patience and forbearance towards sinners, yet there is a day of wrath coming-wrath, and nothing but wrath. Indeed, every day is to sinners a day of wrath, for God is angry with the wicked every day (Ps. 7:11), but there is the great day of wrath coming, Rev. 6:17. And that day of wrath will be the day of the revelation of the righteous judgment of God. The wrath of God is not like our wrath, a heat and passion; no, fury is not in him (Isa. 27:4): but it is a righteous judgment, his will to punish sin, because he hates it as contrary to his nature. This righteous judgment of God is now many times concealed in the prosperity and success of sinners, but shortly it will be manifested before all the world, these seeming disorders set to rights, and the heavens shall declare his righteousness, Ps. 50:6. Therefore judge nothing before the time.

There will be a judgement day, make no mistake. God is patiently waiting for the right time, His time to show us what our hearts truly treasure, the pure and the not so pure.

Read Psalm 37 and underline the “good parts” in blue ink and then under the “wicked parts” in red, it is truly a mirror of the early parts of the book of Romans.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Please remember to pray for our dear friend Olivia, the medicine is worse than the disease. She is completely bedridden and is suffering very much.

Pray for Maureen’s mom, who is in her 80’s and doesn’t have long to live and is in terrible pain, but cannot be given pain medication because of other illnesses and medicines.

Sorry about yesterday’s devotion, thunderstorms, neurotic dogs and computer problems put the kibosh on everything, so you weren’t going crazy by seeing just the quote.

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