Daily Bible Studies & Sermon Notes

Romans 1:28-2:15
Pastor Steve Schell
Sunday: Romans 1:28-31
v28: After these Gentile cultures rejected a relationship with God, He stopped trying to protect them from themselves and let them fall into ways of thinking that He rejected. And when their thinking changed so did their behavior. It became unethical and immoral. vs29-31: Their lives filled up with things that violated God’s holy standards. They grew lawless, wicked, covetous and evil. They were filled with envy, murder, strife, deception and bad habits. They became gossips, slanderers, God-haters, dangerously proud, self-promoting, braggarts, people looking for trouble, uncooperative toward parents, lacking in discernment, promise-breakers, cold-hearted toward their own family members and without compassion for the poor and weak.

Monday: Romans 1:32-2:1
v32: Nor were they unaware that what they were doing was wrong. They knew they were violating God’s standards of right and wrong and that people who continue to do such things should be put to death. Yet they didn’t stop. They continued and even made matters worse by encouraging others to join them, assuring them that what they were doing wasn’t wrong. c2v1: At this verse Paul abruptly turns from his description of how Gentile nations rebelled against their Creator and begins to show that Jews, in their own way, are just as guilty before God. He says, “For this reason you have no argument by which you can defend yourself, O man; everyone of you who judges others. For in your judgments of others you condemn yourself for you regularly commit the same sins” (my paraphrase).

Tuesday: Romans 2:2-5
vs2, 3: This warning is true for all who self-righteously judge, but he primarily has the Jews in mind (Ro 2:17-24) when he says, “We know that when God judges those who practice such things (Ro 1:28-32) He does so based on a full and detailed knowledge of each person’s life. So do you, O man, who judges the sinful behaviors in others think you will escape His judgment since you commit the same sins?” (my paraphrase). vs4, 5: “Or do you look down on the riches He offers you of kindness, forbearance and long-suffering. Don’t you realize that He has patiently put up with your sins in order to show you how merciful He is and to give you time to repent? But instead of repenting your heart has become hard and the result is that you are accumulating a record of sin which will bring God’s wrath upon you in the future when His righteous judgment is revealed” (my paraphrase).

Wednesday: Romans 2:6-8
vs6-8: Having just mentioned the “day of wrath,” Paul quotes from Proverbs 24:12 which reminds us that God weighs our hearts and knows our hidden motives because He watches over our soul. The proverb then asks the question, “Will He not render to man according to his deeds?” The answer, of course, is “yes.” Since God is just He will reward with eternal life those who endure in good works because they seek His glory, honor and immortality. On the other hand He will repay with wrath and anger those who are selfish and disobedient, who choose to obey their unrighteous impulses.

Thursday: Romans 2:9-11
vs9-11: Everyone who labors to do evil will one day find themselves miserable because God will place their soul under heavy pressure and confine them in a tight place. Since He is completely just it is only right that He judge the Jews before He judges the Gentiles because the Jews have had so much more of His truth revealed to them. When they sin they knowingly violate His Word. But those Jews who labor to obey Him will also be the first ones rewarded. He is completely fair in the way He treats people. He does not have favorites (Ac 10:34, 35), but operates by a simple principle: a person will be held accountable to obey the revelation of Himself that He has given them.

Friday: Romans 2:12, 13
vs12, 13: People who live their lives without the Scriptures to guide them will still be guilty before God because at His judgment it will be shown that they ignored their Creator and violated the warnings of their conscience. Each deliberately walked away from God, and without a Savior will suffer eternally for doing so. People who have the Scriptures will also be guilty because it will be shown that they did not obey them. Knowing the Bible doesn’t make someone pleasing to God, it is obedience to His commandments that justifies a person.

Saturday: Romans 2:14, 15
vs14, 15: To prove to the reader that pleasing God is not impossible for people who don’t know the Bible, Paul describes what generally happened to his Gentile converts after they were born-again. Even when they had little or no knowledge of the Bible their lives began to conform to God’s righteousness. Guided by a changed heart and a tender conscience they intuitively sought to please Him. That Paul is talking about born-again Gentiles here, not just well-behaved, unconverted Gentiles, is made evident in verse 15 by the way he describes the inner workings of their hearts. He speaks of “the work of the Law written in their hearts” and says their conscience (heart) and thoughts (mind) will guide them to do God’s will. This is certainly not the picture he paints of an unsaved heart elsewhere in this letter (Ro 1:28-32; 3:9-18) but it’s a precise match with the heart the prophet Jeremiah promised to those who would receive the “new covenant” (Jer 31:31-34). The author of Hebrews quotes this same passage from Jeremiah and says that Jesus Christ purchased this new covenant for us by His atonement (He 8:6-13). 

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