The Three Kinds of Unbelievers.

Rom 1:18-3:20; Gal 2:21; Mat 7:1-5; Mat 6:22-23; Luk 18:9-14

WTROM-10-140216 - length: 65:40 - taught on Feb, 16 2014

Class Outline:

John Farley
February 15, 2014

The three kinds of unbelievers

ROM 3:28
For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.

By grace through faith, or
By law through works.

One of these roads - works of law - has been completely and permanently blocked by our sin, the weakness of our flesh.

Since we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God, since there is none righteous, not even one…

Faith is the ONLY genuine road to salvation, and way to God. Faith in Christ.

2. “There is none righteous, not even one.” (Romans 1:18-3:20)

This section of scripture tells us why we need a Savior.

It tells us what we have been saved from - the wrath of God.

And shows us why we should be determined to preach the gospel to the unbeliever.

Ungodliness is is the denial of the character or essence of God.

Unrighteousness is the denial of God’s rule. It is wickedness of conduct.

Ungodliness leads to unrighteousness. Ungodliness comes first.

This section of Romans is describing the unregenerate human race. The ungodly. The unrighteous. Unbelievers.

if you are a believer in Christ, this is describing what you WERE, but NOT WHO YOU ARE!

The following terms in the New Testament refer to UNBELIEVERS:

Sons of disobedience

As a believer, you are a SAINT. You are the beloved of God.
God’s adopted sons and daughters.

You are justified.
You are righteous.

In this section of Romans, Paul is going to indict the entire unregenerate, unbelieving human race.

He is going to prove their unrighteousness and ungodliness.

He is going to demonstrate that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

He is going to explain why by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

He is going to indict the three categories of unregenerate humanity, which together constitute the entire unbelieving human race.

Easiest to Hardest
to prove that they are unrighteous and ungodly.

These are the THREE KINDS OF UNBELIEVERS that are out there.

the degree of difficulty in convincing them that they are ungodly and unrighteous!!!

Immoral & unchurched
Self-righteous & religious


It was easy to prove that the pagan Gentile was a sinner. He claimed nothing for himself, and his immorality was plain to see.

But the case of the Jew was different.
He had a divinely given system of religion.

The Jew as a son of Abraham considered himself righteous by the law.

To convince him that he was unrighteous and ungodly and needed a Savior was no easier …

then than it is today to convince a professing (but unbelieving) “Christian” of the same thing.

If Judaism can save men, the gospel is an unnecessary intrusion.

Thus, in order to make the case airtight, the radical failure of the Jew must be revealed.

ROM 1:18-32

Immoral pagan


ROM 2:1-16



Romans 2:17-3:7

Self-righteous & religious

“you” “Jew”

ROM 3:8-20

General Indictment

“none” “all”