Romans 2

Romans 2:1-29

1  Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.

2  But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things.

3  And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?

4  Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

5  But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

6  who “WILL RENDER TO EACH ONE ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS”:

7  eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;

8  but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath,

9  tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek;

10  but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

11  For there is no partiality with God.

12  For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law

13  (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified;

14  for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves,

15  who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)

16  in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.

17  Indeed you are called a Jew, and rest on the law, and make your boast in God,

18  and know His will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law,

19  and are confident 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 babes, having the form of knowledge and truth in the law.

21  You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal?

22  You who say, “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?

23  You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law?

24  For “THE NAME OF GOD IS BLASPHEMED AMONG THE GENTILES BECAUSE OF YOU,” as it is written.

25  For circumcision is indeed profitable if you keep the law; but if you are a breaker of the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.

26  Therefore, if an uncircumcised man keeps the righteous requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision be counted as circumcision?

27  And will not the physically uncircumcised, if he fulfills the law, judge you who, even with your written code and circumcision, are a transgressor of the law?

28  For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh;

29  but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.

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11 months ago

While we have laws that apply to driving, it’s not garnering fines or handing out tickets that is their purpose. It’s avoiding the consequences that will take place from going too fast or failing to yield with or without a law. The purpose of God’s law through Moses was to just point to what was already obvious in the heart and provide an alternative to sin’s consequences that were inevitable with or without it. The outward requirements were meant to impart a permanent setting apart to One who was claimed as God, not somehow gain a right standing with Him that their way of life or condition of the heart did not validate. Going the wrong way on the freeway will have devastating consequences whether or not your car is licensed and you have a valid driver’s license. It’s not until the heart aligns with God’s heart that there can be hope for fulfilling what was intended by all written and unwritten edicts – the experience of life apart from the inevitable punishment of sin. Acceptance and belief in Christ is not complete in its purpose, then, until it is producing the fruit of righteousness in a way that chooses only what there will be no law against. The born-again will still experience repercussions of murder, anger, hatred, etc. quite apart from the ultimate judgment of God. The actions are important, not for their violation of some delineation, but for their revelation of a heart condition.

There is freedom from any consequence of sin, not in the removal of its definition or denial of its existence, but rather in the acceptance of heart transformation that can no longer produce the thoughts, movements, and damages of unrighteousness. So much more effective than outward conformity is inward transforming in the presence of the Holy and never-transgressing Lord.

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