The Righteous Judgement of God: Derek Prince (Transcript)

Full text of Bible teacher Derek Prince’s teaching on the Book of Romans (2:10 – 3:20) (Part 3) titled ‘The Righteous Judgement of God’.

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Derek Prince – Bible teacher

In this session, we’re going to continue with Romans, chapter 2. We had dealt with the principles of God’s judgment, and we’d seen how they are applied. We’d also had to acknowledge that there are some things about God’s judgment that He doesn’t make known to us. His judgments are unsearchable.

I suppose that those of us who have experienced the mercy of God in our own lives know that God will always exercise mercy wherever He can do so. So we have to trust Him.

Now, we’re going to look at the question of Conscience, which is a rather difficult one to deal with. I want to make it clear that some of what Paul says is not altogether easy to understand, or to interpret. And whoever said it would be easy.

All right, turning to chapter 2, we’ll read verses 13 through 15, and then verses 26 and 27, which together give us a picture of how God deals with people who don’t have a revelation of Him in the Word either in the Law or in subsequent portions of Scripture.

So verses 13 through 15: ‘for not the hearers of the Law are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified.’

I want to point out to you there: whatever version you’re using, that where it says ‘the law’ twice, in that verse, the word ‘the’ is put in by the translators, and that is frequently so in the rest of this epistle.

So you need to understand this. Paul is taking the law of Moses as the great pattern of law, the perfect law, the God given law. But what he says applies also to other forms of law. So he says ‘the law’, and then he says ‘law’.

See, let me explain this. There are only two possible ways of achieving righteousness. One is by keeping rules. The other is by trusting God in faith.

The natural instinct of every human being when challenged on the issue of righteousness is to start to think in terms of rules.

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I remember when I met the Lord in the British army. I spent another four and a half years in the army as a Christian. And when I talked to my fellow soldiers about the Lord and about salvation, their reaction was nearly always similar.

Well… and they trot out their list of little rules, which they kept. Everybody had a list that was tailored to his own life. I don’t commit adultery, I don’t get drunk, I don’t do this, I don’t do that.

That was the instant natural reaction. So that it is natural with all human beings when the issue of righteousness is raised to think in terms of keeping rules.

What Paul says applies not only to the law of Moses primarily, but to every set of rules by which people might seek to make themselves righteous. It isn’t possible to achieve righteousness by keeping any set of rules. Really worthwhile looking at your faces for a moment at this point. I knew this would happen.

I was talking to a large group of people somewhere not too long ago, and I said casually, without even realizing the impact of what I was saying, I said, of course, Christianity is not a set of rules.

I think if I told those people that there was no God, they would have been less shocked. But that’s the truth of the matter. Christianity is not a set of rules. We do not achieve righteousness with God by keeping rules. But rules have a place in life, and I’ll be explaining that later.

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