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Ruminating on ROMANS! (Some Thoughts on Paul’s Great Epistle) #7 Contempt for God’s Kindness! (A Study of Romans 2:2-5)

Many of you know that my New Jersey friend Frank and I are reading through God’s Word together (described here). We’re now in the book of Romans and are reading chapter 2 each day this week. Here is something that I noticed in reading this chapter:

Contempt for God’s Kindness! (A Study of Romans 2:2-5)

As we continue our study of this great epistle, you can see from our text above a little bit of what I do as I read and re-read a passage like this one. I underline, put text in different colors, and even add a question or two (such as “BELIEVERS OR UNBELIEVERS? in verse 4).

Paul is speaking against hypocrisy and he charges these Roman Christians with contempt of God’s kindness! Wow. In fact it is a hatred or a disregard for “the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience”! He is charging these believers with showing contempt for that attribute of God which is “intended to lead you to repentance”!

Paul could have easily accused them of ignoring God’s holiness or God’s righteous wrath, but he speaks instead of God’s kindness. God doesn’t owe any of us anything. And He certainly doesn’t owe us kindness, does He?

(We will continue our thoughts on this passage in our next post).

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2020 in Romans 2

 

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Ruminating on ROMANS! (Some Thoughts on Paul’s Great Epistle) #6 The Final Judgment of God (Romans 2:7-11)

Many of you know that my New Jersey friend Frank and I are reading through God’s Word together (described here). We’re now in the book of Romans and are reading chapter 2 each day this week. Here is something that I noticed in reading this chapter:

Please notice that the two sets of parentheses are supplied by me. When I work on a passage, I try to see the structure and this paragraph divides nicely into two categories. I’ve also put this in chart form:

This is a fascinating text! If I’m understanding the passage correctly, this is a description of God’s final judgment on all people, Jew and Gentile. And there will be — and are presently — two and only two categories of human beings: (1) those who persist in doing good, and (2) those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil.

What are some observations you would add to this brief look at Romans 2:7-11? Feel free to leave a comment below.

 

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2020 in Romans 2

 

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Ruminating on ROMANS! (Some Thoughts on Paul’s Great Epistle) #5 A Primer on Hypocrisy! Romans 2:17-24

Many of you know that my New Jersey friend Frank and I are reading through God’s Word together (described here). We’re now in the book of Romans and are reading chapter 2 each day this week. Here is something that I noticed in reading this chapter:

Just a few observations:

1. Notice the multiple uses of the word IF in this section. Hypocrisy begins when one is not who one claims to be. The conditional statements following each of these IF’s are good: being a Jew, relying on the law and boasting in God, knowing His will and approving of what is superior, being convinced that one is a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, one who has the law (the embodiment of knowledge and truth) . . .

2. The sin of hypocrisy expresses itself when one ceases to self-teach. Teaching others is great. But if one doesn’t educate himself in godliness, then hypocrisy reigns (v. 21).

3. The examples of hypocrisy Paul gives are several: preaching against stealing (but being a thief yourself), saying people shouldn’t commit adultery (but committing adultery yourself), abhoring idols (but robbing temples yourself), boasting in the law (but dishonoring God by breaking the law).

4. The great tragedy of hypocrisy is that causes the name of God to be blasphemed among the Gentiles because of the hypocrite’s conduct. Is there a greater or more harmful effect than THAT?

Ask yourself — as I have just done — am I being a HYPOCRITE in my life in any way? And if the answer is YES, then immediately repent and plead for God’s help in having your behavior match your beliefs!

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2020 in Romans 2

 

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