There is No Fear of God Before Their Eyes
Text: Romans 3:10-18
I. Most of us have been burnt one time or another.
A. The memory of the sharp pain makes a lasting impression. As a result, we hold a healthy respect for fire and other hot things.
B. You could even say that we hold some fear of what fire could do to us.
C. The concept of respect and fear often go hand-in-hand.
D. The thieves on the crosses had this conversation - Luke 23:39-41
1. “Where,” one thief asked, “is your fear of God?”
2. Even on the doorstep of death, the thief did not consider that soon he would appear before the judgment seat of God.
3. The punishment by man was harsh and just. What would God do?
II. In laying out the condition of man, Paul proves that all have sinned. - Romans 3:10-18
A. The reason for the continuance of sin is because there is no fear of God within them.
B. What do we mean by fearing God?
1. To love, honor, respect, and obey God. A firm reluctance to displease God. A strong desire to do His will.
2. Abraham showed a fear of God when he placed obedience to God above the life of his promised son. - Genesis 22:12
3. The duty of man is to fear God and keep His commandments - Ecclesiastes 12:13
4. Fear God because of His judgment - Revelation 14:7
5. The discipline of God should lead all to fear Him - Deuteronomy 8:2-6
6. The fear of God keeps us from evil - Proverbs 16:6
C. Since the fear of God motivates us to do His will and to refrain from evil, we would expect the person without a fear of God to become sinful.
1. They have no reason to bind themselves to the laws of God.
2. The history of mankind has been littered with the result of a lack of fearing God.
a. Self-righteous behavior, wickedness, lies, and violence is common among man
b. The fear of God and a respect for His laws go hand-in-hand with peacefulness and a love for mankind.
III. What happens to a man who does not fear God
A. He refuses to seek God. He refuses to walk in the ways of righteousness - Romans 3:10-11
1. Psalm 14:1-4 - It starts with a denial of God and it leads to corruption
2. Romans 1:28 - Because man denies God, God turns them over to depravity
3. As a result, calamity of their own making comes upon them - Proverbs 1:25-33
B. He becomes without value to God - Romans 3:12
C. The words of his mouth become poisonous - Romans 3:13-14
1. It is the righteous who bridles his tongue - James 1:25-26
2. His speech is well-seasoned - Colossians 4:6
3. But the wicked sees no need to control his words - James 3:5-12
4. Instead, his words become weapons to injure - Psalm 64:2-4
D. He is violent - Romans 3:15
1. When God is ignored, men become animals, the strong preying upon the weak. - Proverbs 1:10-19
E. He is without peace - Romans 3:16-17
1. There is no peace for the wicked - Isaiah 57:21, 59:6-8
2. So unlike the righteous - Philippians 4:7
IV. We must remind ourselves to maintain a fear of God
A. We teach our children to fear flames, to avoid busy streets, and to not talk to strangers.
B. Should we not instill in them a fear of and a respect for God? - Matthew 10:28