Posts from September 2022

Posts from September 2022

Romans 3:21-24

But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been revealed, attested by the Law and the Prophets. The righteousness of God is through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe, since there is no distinction. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:21-24) Here is the central idea of Paul’s letter to the Romans, that…

Romans 2:28-29

For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, and true circumcision is not something visible in the flesh. On the contrary, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart—by the Spirit, not the letter. That person’s praise is not from people but from God. (Romans 2:28-29) Where is the source of true religion and genuine faith? Does it come from our external practices or from within? The Jewish people to…

Romans 2:17-21

You then, who teach another, don’t you teach yourself? (Romans 2:17-21) It is easy to offer other people instruction; it is not so easy to instruct yourself. It is easy to criticize others for their faults; it is not so easy to deal with your own faults. We tend to point to the flaws in others to deflect attention from our own shortcomings, an inclination that has been encoded into our spiritual DNA since the dawn of creation. If you…

Romans 2:13

For the hearers of the law are not righteous before God, but the doers of the law will be justified. (Romans 2:13) God desires us to put his Law into practice. So what is the Law? The Law is simply an expression of the character of God. We need the Law because we are fallen creatures with a fallen nature and do not intuitively embody God’s character. Our natural disposition is opposed to God’s character and will. Without the law,…

Romans 2:9-11

For there is no favoritism with God. (Romans 2:9-11) Here is the core truth that Paul presents in this second chapter of Romans, that God shows no favoritism. This truth of God’s character is both encouraging and humbling. It is encouraging for those who have been living apart from God. All they need to do is return to God, and God will welcome them with open arms. It is humbling for those who have been brought up in a religious…

Romans 2:4

Do you despise the riches of his kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? (Romans 2:4) God is very forgiving. In fact, forgiveness itself is a spiritual quality that stems from God’s very character. God is so merciful that it might appear that he is no longer paying attention to your sin. It might also appear that God will continually forgive without any expectation of change on your part. Neither of…

Romans 2:1

This week, we will read selected verses of Romans 2, which is a challenging chapter to read. In it, Paul dismantles the self-righteousness that pervades the minds of many religious people. For us to fully embrace the gospel of grace, we must first gain a deep sense of our sinfulness. That’s what this chapter is all about. Therefore, every one of you who judges is without excuse. For when you judge another, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do…