Romans Chapter 2
Updated: Apr 16
The second chapter of Romans picks up where the first chapter left off. Talking about the wicked in this world and how no one is able to judge them, because we are all sinners. Luckily we have a righteous judge in God who can judge in truth. It goes on to say not to despise his mercy, which leads to repentance. If people do not change their attitude toward God they will be judged according to their deeds. The verses below illustrate that.
9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
It then goes on to rebuke the Jewish legalist who obsess over the law saying.
12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
They loved to use the law to show their own righteousness and look down at others not realizing that law will one day judge them. A lot of people in the modern church are the same way, believing there righteousness will get them to heaven. All it does is show how filled with pride they are.
14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
Now we get down to the heart of the matter where Paul makes a bold declaration about salvation.
16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
See how Paul says my Gospel. This is the message he was sent into the world to preach. It is salvation. There is no other way to heaven except by the Holy blood of Jesus Christ. He died was buried and rose from the dead to pay for our sins. In the next several verses Paul further rebukes the Jewish legalists and their boasting in the law. They put their whole trust in the Law to get them to heaven, yet they do not even follow the law.
21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?
22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?
23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?
This is serious talk. No wonder Paul took so many beating and was always in jail. He would not back down with these guys. He was once the chiefest amongst them, he knew them well.
24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
It is because of the Jews actions that the Gentiles developed a hatred for their God. This is often the case with self righteous Christians. People hate dealing with them, and as a result want know part of God. The last verses below talk about the symbolic nature of the circumcision. It is not a ticket to heaven, just a mark of a people chosen by God. These verses clear that up. He calls the gentiles the uncircumcision and that they are equally righteous if they keep the law.
25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.
26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?
28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
I hope this was a blessing to you. I will leave you the Paul's gospel. The gospel of grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians 15
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: