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Scripture reading for June 16th: Romans 2
The charge that God is unjust and has ‘favorites’ has been around for years. Different groups and churches have used this idea to proclaim that they are God’s ‘favorites’ and the only way into God’s favor is to become a part of their group. The Jews of Paul’s day had this idea and Paul addressed it in his letter to the Romans.
The Jews felt that they were God’s ‘favorites’ because of their history. God had chosen Abraham and built a nation of people around this man’s response of faith to obey and follow God. God had redeemed this people from Egyptian bondage and given them His holy Law. The Jews condemned the Gentiles because they broke God’s laws and passed judgment. Paul warned the Jews to be concerned about their own performance and be quick to repent!
“Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same thins, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you to repentance?” (Romans 2:2-4)
God knows the truth about each person and He will judge justly. “For God does not show favoritism.” (Romans 2:11) We as men do not know the truth about others and are often blind to our own faults and sins. God has offered mercy to all men, Jew or Gentile through Jesus Christ. His kindness should lead us to repent–change our minds–about our own sinfulness and allow God to change us. God will judge men’s secrets on the day He chooses through His Son Jesus Christ! (Romans 2:16)
Scripture reading for July 14th: Romans 2:1-23
So all men are without excuse. All have been given a basic knowledge of God’s power and nature through the creation we live in. When we look at others and judge them, we must realize that we are no different ourselves. We have not responded to truth as we should either. It is only the kindness and goodness of God that has led us to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. (Romans 2:4)
In this section, Paul is making a case that God shows no partiality. Jew and Gentile alike must come to Him by faith for their righteousness. No one can work their way into God’s grace! God has given the Jew His law, and they will be judged by their failure to keep that law. God wrote the law on the hearts of the Gentiles and their consciences help them to know right and wrong behavior and attitudes. (Romans 2:12-15) Indeed, God will judge all men and their secrets through His Son Jesus Christ on a day He has chosen! (Romans 2:16) (Acts 17:31)
For those who would not repent, their own stubbornness and unrepentant hearts were storing up wrath for them on the day of God’s wrath. (Romans 2:6) God will judge evil deeds and those who reject the truth. Jews will be judged as well as Gentiles. Jews, in fact, were more responsible because of God’s law. They should have know clearly what God required in the way of actions. They knew the commandments. Yet, knowing and obeying are different! It is easy to judge others and still be disobedient yourself. Paul encouraged the Jew to learn first their own need of grace and repentance to avoid the wrath of God! (Romans 2:21-23)
As we look at this passage, we should examine our own hearts. Do we judge others while remaining in sin ourselves? Today is a good day to repent and ask God for mercy! Do we claim to be righteous because we are Christians, yet live in a state of breaking God’s laws? These laws are now written on our hearts and we have the Holy Spirit to bring conviction and godly sorrow enabling repentance! God will not and does not show favorites! There is a day of judgment when all secrets will come to light!