Romans 2, continues to challenge us as to whether we will follow or oppose God’s plan. The themes covered are judging others, choosing to obey or disobey God’s word, the law, and circumcision.
Today we will look at judging others and whether to obey or disobey God’s word.
God will judge all of us (2:1-5) (Matthew 7:1-5)
Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
The parallel passage, Matthew 7:1-5, tells us that Jesus did not approve of judging others. He tells us to look at our own lives and get right with God before we judge others.
Lovers of righteousness (2:6-11) (Deuteronomy 6:1-19)
6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,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.
We are to obey God and love righteousness. God told the nation of Israel in Deuteronomy 6:1-19, that they were to love God and obey Him.
Obedience is the outward expression of our love for God and His Son Jesus Christ. When we obey, we tell God I believe, trust, and rest, in you. Do we want to show our love for Jesus today? Obey His Word!
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001