by Pastor Ron Beckham
Romans Chapter 2
Verse 1. “Therefore you have
no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that
which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who
judge practice the same things.”
Romans 3:23 says
that “ALL have sinned…”
To say bad things about other people is a sin. If
we were perfect we COULD judge them, but we are not perfect.
Before you say anything bad about somebody, stop and pray,
for none are good in the sight of God. They need the
Lord and so do we.
Verse 2. “And we know that
the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice
If someone is
mean to you, God WILL take care of them. Maybe not
now, but He will! He HAS taken care of them through
Jesus Christ, who died (paid the price) for their sins and
ours. God’s judges everybody. But we are safe when
we TRUST in the Lord.
Verse 3. “But do you suppose
this, O man, when you pass judgment on those who practice
such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape
the judgment of God?”
People think bad
thoughts and then do bad things. You can point your
finger at bad people and judge them, but we are ALL sinners
in the sight of God. We need God’s help, His Son,
to help us be good.
Verse 4. “Or do you think
lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and
patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you
God is patient,
waiting for us to be sorry and pray to Him. “Repentance”
is when we are sorry and also stop doing what is bad.
God is kind and is waiting for us to pray for His help.
Verse 5. “But because of
your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing
up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation
of the righteous judgment of God,”
We cause most
of our own trouble. People are stubborn and don’t
want to change. It makes God angry (wrathful) because
He loves us and knows we are in trouble unless we TRUST
in the Lord Jesus.
Verse 6. “who will render
to each person according to his deeds:”
“No one will see
me,” you might think and then do something bad. But
God does see you and He wants to make you good inside.
He will make things happen that will change what you do.
Verse 7. “to those who by
perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and
immortality, eternal life;”
When you try to
do good things, you are seeking God. You are looking
for eternal LIFE through our Lord.
Verse 8. “but to those who
are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey
unrighteousness, wrath and indignation.”
But if you selfishly
just look out for yourself, tell lies and do bad things,
you will anger God and bring trouble into your life.
Verse 9. “There will be tribulation
and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the
Jew first and also of the Greek,”
Those who do bad
things will become afraid. We see this in the Bible
about the Jews (the people of Israel) and everybody else,
Verse 10. “but glory and
honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first
and also to the Greek.”
If you do GOOD,
then good will come to you. Inside you, where it counts,
you need God and His glory. Trust in Jesus and you
will know God’s peace, whether you are Jewish or not.
Verse 11. “For there is no
partiality with God.”
God is fair.
Everybody can look to His Son Jesus Christ and be saved.
Everyone can have His Holy Spirit inside and know the peace
Verse 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
Even if you never
heard read the Bible, God still expects you to live a good
life. If you do bad things, no matter who you are
or where or when you live, God knows what you have done.
Bad people do suffer for what they have done.
Verse 13. “for it is not
the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the
doers of the Law will be justified.”
It’s more than
just HEARING God’s words (reading the Bible). You
also need to DO what He wants. He wants you to be
a person who loves God and is good to other people.
Verse 14. “For when Gentiles
who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the
Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves,”
The Law of God
was given through Moses (Exodus 20) to the Jews (the people
of Israel). “Gentiles” are those who are not Jews.
If you love God and care for other people, you will not
be judged by God’s Law.
Verse 15. “in that they show
the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience
bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing
or else defending them,”
God wants us to
do good things, even when we don’t have to. He has
written His Law inside us and our conscience will show us
what to do. Your conscience is what you need – You
KNOW when you have done something that is not good.
Verse 16. “on the day when,
according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men
through Christ Jesus.”
The “gospel” (good
news) is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth
and died for us. He rose from the dead and if we trust
in Him, we will live forever. God is our judge and
will reveal everybody’s secrets. If we have faith
in Him, we don’t need to be afraid.
Verse 17. “But if you bear
the name ‘Jew’ and rely upon the Law and boast in God,”
The Jewish people
thought they were special – They were and are special in
the sight of God. But because God gave the Law to
the world through them, they thought they were better than
other people. That was a big mistake.
Verse 18. “and know His will
and approve the things that are essential, being instructed
out of the Law,”
In the Law is
God’s will. For instance, it is essential that we
be nice to others and not steal from them. We learn
that from the Law.
Verse 19. “and are confident
that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those
who are in darkness,”
Many think that
because they know SOMETHING about God, they know EVERYTHING.
They have “light” (understanding) and think OTHERS are “blind”
(DON’T understand). GOD is the “light to those who are in darkness.” We ALL
Verse 20. “a corrector of
the foolish, a teacher of the immature, having in the Law
the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth,”
It is a mistake
to think that we are wise because we know the Law.
It is GOD who is wise and mature. All of us are foolish
and immature, which shows us our need of God. We each
“see” a little bit, and we need the help of each another.
Verse 21. “you, therefore,
who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach
that one shall not steal, do you steal?”
Before we teach
we need to be taught. When you tell someone, “Don’t
steal from others,” first make sure YOU do not steal.
Verse 22. “You who say that
one should not commit adultery, do you commit
adultery? You who abhor idols,
do you rob temples?”
Paul, who wrote
these words, asks questions to show us our need for Jesus.
“Adultery” is wrongfully taking someone’s husband or wife.
“Idols” are little statues that people worship as “gods”
– He asks, do YOU do such things?
Verse 23. “You who boast
in the Law, through your breaking the Law, do you dishonor
Those who pretend
they keep God’s Law, but don’t, insult God – He is not pleased
by those who pretend they are His, but are not.
Verse 24. “For ‘the name
of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,’
just as it is written.”
When people pretend
to serve God, but break His Law, others get angry at God
because of those who pretend to serve Him.
Verse 25. “For indeed circumcision
is of value if you practice the Law; but if you are a transgressor
of the Law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.”
To be “circumcised”
(to be religious like Jews or Christians) is good, but like
everybody else, we all are supposed keep God’s Law.
Neither the Jews nor anybody else can keep God’s Law.
We need God to help us be good.
Verse 26. “So if the uncircumcised
man keeps the requirements of the Law, will not his uncircumcision
be regarded as circumcision?”
If an “uncircumcised”
person (someone not Jewish) somehow could keep God’s Law,
wouldn’t they be just as good as someone who called himself
a Jew (“religious”)?
Verse 27. “And he who is
physically uncircumcised, if he keeps the Law, will he not
judge you who though having the letter of the Law and circumcision
are a transgressor of the Law?”
Being a part of
a religion (like the Jewish or Christian religions) doesn’t
mean we keep God’s Law. IF someone who is NOT religious
KEEPS the Law, he or she is better off than somebody who
is religious, but does NOT keep the Law.
Verse 28. “For he is not
a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which
is outward in the flesh.”
To be Jewish in
the sight of God is NOT something about our outward bodies.
To be religious in God’s sight is not what we think it is.
As seen in the next verse, we need to be CHANGED inside
by the Holy Spirit of God.
Verse 29. “But he is a Jew
who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of
the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise
is not from men, but from God.”
To be an actual “Jewish” person is
more than being born to Jewish parents. To be “religious”
is more than going to something like a church. What’s
important is to be changed inside by the Holy Spirit, not
by pretending to “keep” the Law. It isn’t what people
think about us – true praise is from God.
Ron Beckham, Pastor
Friday Study Ministries