Believers, We’re Not Judges, Romans Bible Study – week two

Welcome back readers!

It has been a whole week since our last look at the book of Romans. Last week we studied the first chapter. This week we’ll be looking at chapter two. 

If you missed last week’s study, feel free to go read that now. 

A recap on last week:

#1: The gospel is the power of God to all who believe (v. 16)

We saw through Paul’s example that we have no need to be ashamed of the gospel, rather we should more than happy to share it with anyone. Because the gospel is the power of God to all who believe.

#2 The ungodly are without excuse (vs. 19-20)

In verses 19-21 We were reminded through the Gentile’s actions that we have all that we need. God has given us His word, and if we’re believers we also have His spirit guiding us. But the Gentiles (ungodly) are without excuse, they knew God’s word yet they continued on in their sin, rebelling against God.

#3 The ungodly exchanged God’s glory for their sinful pursuits (vs. 22-31)

Because of the Gentiles sinful choices, God gave them up fully to that in which they were involved. Rather than choosing God’s glory by following Him, they pursued sin.

This was a reminder to us that we need to be mindful of our actions, and live intentionally to bring Glory to God.

 

Let’s get started,

[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. [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. [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. [17] But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God [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. [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.

(Romans 2 ESV)

God’s the judge, not us (vs. 1-2)

When we judge other people we are sinning, because (we) the judge practice the very same things. (Romans 2:1)

Christians seem to have a reputation of judging people and committing the same sins themselves.

I know that not all people struggle with getting in people’s faces and judging them for their sin. But it can be super easy for anyone to immediately judge others in their heart.

Rather than getting to know someone and seeking their heart, it’s easy for us to focus only on that person’s sins.

Instead of immediately judging people based on their outward appearance or clearly sinful choices or habits, why don’t we seek to get to know these people? Ignoring their flaws, could we become good friends with them and help them through their struggles?

Our place on earth, as Christians. Is not to judge people or make people pay for their sins. That’s God’s job. Our responsibility is to love people and get to know people And, as graciously as we possibly can, help people overcome their struggles.

 

Read and obey God’s word (vs. 13)

Verse 13 reminds me a lot of a James 1:22

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”  -James 1:22

I don’t think Paul could have possibly put enough emphasis on the importance of reading God’s word.

Reading the Bible is important, and should be a daily practice for every believer. However, only reading the Bible isn’t sufficient.

Merely reading the Bible and living your life forgetting all the things you’ve read is a lot like an example Jame’s gives with the man in the mirror in James 1:

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. -James 23-25

If anyone hears the word, but doesn’t obey the word. He’s like the guy that studies his face in the mirror and immediately goes away and forgets what he looks like.

The importance of reading God’s word is great, but the importance of doing God’s word is far greater.

Readers, this is a challenge to me and to you. Don’t read the Word totally forgetting what you’ve read. Instead, as you’re reading and being convicted. Seek God’s help through prayer. Rely on the help of God’s spirit and live obediently in all you do.

Thanks for reading today. Unfortunately I don’t have enough time to look in full detail at the entire chapter. But I hope you will take seriously the points I made and seek to further study it on your own.

Have a good week,

-Zachary

 

 

 

 

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