But you have a hard and stubborn heart, and so you are making your own punishment even greater on the Day when God’s anger and righteous judgements will be revealed.” (Romans 2:5, GNB)

Paul speaks directly to his Jewish readers here who refuse to see that Jesus is the promised Messiah.  Their fundamental problem is that “you have a hard and stubborn heart.”  This will lead to “making your own punishment even greater.”  This is the fastest way to perdition, having a hard and stubborn heart.

The Jews did not have a corner on hard and stubborn hearts.  We are still out here.  We will do what we want to do despite what Jesus calls us to do.  We care only for ourselves and how we feel and how we appear to the people around us.  We think only of the temporal, not the eternal.  We would rather enjoy the “fleeting pleasures of sin” than be “mistreated with the people of God” (Heb 11.25). In short, we have hard and stubborn hearts.

The fastest way to perdition, dear reader, is to allow your hard and stubborn heart to lead you.

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