Review Romans 2

Another review post, this time on Romans 2.

Romans 2:1-5 (ESV)

1 Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. 2 We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. 3 Do you suppose, O man–you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself–that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.

The beginning of Romans 2 is pretty easy to understand.  Why would you judge somebody who has the same log in their eye as you do?  Now of course you don’t want to go to the other extreme by saying that the log you both have is good and right either.  It’s best to encourage the other person to try and get out of the sin they’re in instead of judging them.  Or else you’ll be a hypocrite.

2:6-11

6 He will render to each one according to his works: 7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8 but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. 9 There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For God shows no partiality.

Just like in the previous chapter, there are only two sides: the good and evil.  No neutrality.  Those who favor, seek, and love God will be rewarded with the best gift anyone could possibly imagine, “eternal life!”  Meanwhile those who are selfish, hate God, and do the exact opposite of good will continuously have God’s wrath on their sholders.

2:12-16

12 For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

Every man has a morality, and religion.  He follows a set of laws based on morality.  Even if he denies that he lives under some sort of moral standard, he’s lying for it’s impossible to not have morals.  A perfect example is an atheist who believes that you can believe whatever you want, they still follow a law they’ve either seen and/or made up in their mind.  You never see them attempt to go thru a wall even if they say they believe someone can do that.

On Judgement day, God will judge us on His law.  No man will be able to escape the judgment of God.

2:17-23

18 and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; 19 and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth– 21 you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law.
This section is all about being accountable to the law.  This breaks down to the core of our heart.  This encourages examining ourselves for sin that has not been forgiven.  Even if we think we are not commiting adultry or rob temples (basically meaning they rob temples to take the gods and worship them), we always must makes we are not actually doing these things.  This also goes for every sin out there, it’s easy to think that we are not sinning in a certain way, but it’s also easy to do that.
2: 24-29
24 For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” 25 For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision. 26 So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? 27 Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the law. 28 For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. 29 But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.
In the Old Testament (Covenant) everything God’s people did for God was done more physically than spiritually at that time.  Circumcision was one of the many acts done if a person wanted to become part of God’s kingdom.  Now that the Old Covenant is past and the New Covenant is in full swing, most of the old testament acts went away with it (like animal sacrifice), including circumcision.  Everything is now done in the heart and in a spiritual manner.

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