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Daily Bible Reading (Thursday, June 15th)

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Romans 2(ESV)

 

God's Righteous Judgment

 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. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. 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? 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? 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.

He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking[a] and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. 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.

God's Judgment and the Law

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[b] as circumcision? 27 Then he who is physically[c] uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code[d] 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.

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 2:8 Or contentious
  2. Romans 2:26 Or counted
  3. Romans 2:27 Or is by nature
  4. Romans 2:27 Or the letter

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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.

Romans is so full of theology, so rich, but also sometimes difficult. This passage is particularly challenging to those that are trying to wrap their heads around why God ever created us in the first place. Some will never hear the name of Jesus, and though the law is written in their hearts, they are cursed with the inability to follow it perfectly because of Adam's sin. As a believer, we accept man's own accountability for his sin and know His plan is loving, and the inability to reconcile some of these issues because we trust in a God who is bigger than our understanding ....what more can we say when this comes up in evangelism, Bruce?

Wow! Can you say convicting! V.17-24... I feel if we really look deep in our hearts, and meditate on this section, I feel like we fall under at least one of those categories. We can be VERY hypocritical in our thoughts and our actions today, so we need to look deeper into ourselves and pray.

Verse 5 I believe sums up the rebuke and exhortation the apostle Paul is confirming. Verses 6-11 gives the outcomes. However, there is so much here that I am compelled to seek commentary. Father, guide and help me to not be a blind guide and to not be indifferent and self-seeking, but rather taking the speck out of my own eye first and foremost before ever proclaiming your Gospel in helping the least of them. Praying for the lost.

What a humbling and convicting chapter! Those who know God's law are all the more responsible and without excuse when they break it. I think how, as a professing Christian, I still break God's law, after hearing and understanding it time and again. How lost and weak I still am in my flesh! Praise be to God for his patience, grace, and love He bestows on me every day! Praise Jesus Christ for saving me from my sin and allowing me to have a relationship with Him! Praise the Holy Spirit for convicting me of my sin and for giving me the will and motivation to become more like Christ!

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