Saturday, 11 September 2010

Romans 2

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentance?

In the Message:
Or did you think that because he's such a nice God, he'd let you off the hook? Better think this one through from the beginning. God is kind, but he's not soft. In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change.

God's kindness is meant to cause us to change; not to excuse ourselves.

Susan said...

v.14 Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.

Perhaps this explains why Paul says in Romans 1:20 "that men are without excuse"

Susan said...

v.2 Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth.

(From Constable's Commentary) "The first principle by which God judges is that He judges righteously (v 2). He judges on the basis of what really exists, not what merely appears to be. For example, one might think that since his immoral thoughts are not observable he is free of guilt. But God looks at the heart...They should not misinterpret God's failure to judge them quickly as an indication that they are blameless. They should realize that God is simply giving them time to repent (v. 4)."

Susan said...

v.25-26 Circumcision has value if you observe the law, but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised. So then, if those who are not circumcised keep the law’s requirements, will they not be regarded as though they were circumcised?

Paul is addressing Jews who thought that just because they were circumcised they were right with God. Even today people think they are right with God just because they perform some outward ceremony. As if God is impressed by our ability to present well. God knows what going on in our hearts.