Romans 2:1-16-With this knowledge that everyone is accountable before God, even those furthest from Him…we must be careful that we don’t turn a judgmental eye towards them. Paul says that when someone judges another person for his sin, and yet he does the same thing (not necessarily the same act of sin, but the same attitude of sin), then he will be held to the same standard of judgment. Don't be mistaken about the reason for God's kindness, forbearance, and patience towards your sin. It isn't that He is unaware, or won't judge you. But God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance. You recognize that you have sinned and that God would be right to hold you accountable…and yet, He doesn’t. This extension of His love, mercy and grace should lead you to repent. But if you don't repent...you are adding to your own judgment. Now you have not only sinned, but you have taken advantage of God's attempts to lead you to repentance and that is double the sin. God's judgment of sin is certain, and it applies to Jew and Gentile, alike..."there is no partiality with God" (:11). The Gentiles know God's law "instinctively...they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience...their thoughts" (:14-15). While a Gentile may not have the written Law of God…he knows instinctively, intuitively that there is a right and a wrong. God has written that awareness into the heart of every man as certainly as He has written the Law. And while a Gentile may not have the completeness of the written Law…the content of the law written in his heart is enough to convince him that there is a right and wrong and is also enough to convict him when he breaks it...when he sins (:12).
Romans 2:17-29-The Jews have the written Law..."the embodiment of knowledge and of truth" (:20). Paul says that God's name is blasphemed among the Gentiles (they speak badly of it, ridicule it) because the Jews break the Law (:24). While circumcision is an identifying mark of the Jew...if he does not keep the Law it has no meaning. Circumcision of the skin is meant to be a sign of the circumcision of the heart, "by the Spirit, not by the letter" (:29).
Ryrie 2:29 circumcision is that which is of the heart. Circumcision is used in three senses in this passage: (1) it stands for the Jews (note that uncircumcised in v. 27 means Gentiles; see also Gen. 17:10); (2) it indicates the physical rite commanded by the law (v. 25a and Lev. 12:3); (3) it represents a life that is separated from the flesh and unto God (v. 27 and Deut. 10:16).
Prayer: Lord, I want to be holy, righteous. So many times in the Psalms, David speaks of his being righteous...but I feel very uneasy saying that of myself. I know that there are attitudes and even behaviors in my life that are not purely righteous. I try, and yet I don't feel that I have the right to say that I am righteous. Maybe it is because while I recognize the righteousness of Christ that is in me...I am also aware of my own sinful nature. Lord, I want to be holy and righteous...in body, soul, and spirit. Please, let Your righteousness permeate through me...every cell of my being...and make me righteous.