Romans 2: Who Is Our Judge?
Verse of the Day: (V3) “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?”
1. The Judgment Of God (V1-3)
V1 “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.”
Apostle Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit warned the Christians never to judge one another because they were all sinners saved by God’s grace. Only the perfect God can judge His imperfect people. No one, not even the Jews, can escape God’s judgment, unless he repents of his sins, and believes and receives the Lord Jesus as his personal Saviour.
V3 “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?”
2. The Goodness Of God (V4-23)
V4 “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”
Paul reminded the Jews that even though they were supposedly God’s people, yet God could still condemn them to fiery hell, if they refused to repent of their sins and believed in Him. God’s salvation is extended to anyone whether he is a Jew or a Gentile when he repents his sins and receives the Lord Jesus as his personal Saviour. Indeed it is not man’s goodness or work, or just hearing God’s Word, but it is God’s goodness and mercy, and obeying His Word, that leads a man to true repentance, and God’s great salvation.
V13 “For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.”
3. The Name Of God (V24-29)
V24 “For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.”
Paul sharply rebuked the Jews that they had failed to be God’s holy people in witnessing to the Gentiles. Instead they lived in sins and blasphemed God’s holy name. This is why God only justify the faith of those whose hearts are inwardly circumcised and purified by His Word, and not the outwardly circumcised Jews who refuse to repent of their sins.
V29 “But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that only You are my Judge as You are my perfect Saviour.