Thursday, November 2, 2017
Chapter of Study: Romans 2
Chapter 2 deeply enforced our understanding of God’s judgment and how, as human beings, we ALL fall short of His glory due to our sins. We recognized how God’s abounding grace and mercy are meant to lead us each to seek repentance, and help alter our sinful thoughts and actions, and how our faith in Him and pursuing good works is ultimately how we will be judged and be considered for Salvation.
We discussed how those who maintain high moral standards yet do not see their need for God, or those who claim faith in Christ yet do not exhibit His love, or act hypocritically, are both in danger of fooling themselves. St. Paul further emphasized that external circumcision, rituals, or practices do not equate to being saved, but rather, asking God for an internal circumcision of one’s heart is what brings about true faith and love.
1. Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things. – Romans 2:1
3. Do you imagine, whoever you are, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God? – Romans 2:3
13. For it is not hearers of the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but the doers of the law who will be justified. – Romans 2:13
28. For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is true circumcision something external and physical. 29Rather, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and real circumcision is a matter of the heart – it is spiritual and not literal. Such a person receives praise not from others but from God. – Romans 2:28-29