See Deu. Should we ever go against our conscience? View the entire commentary, New International Version (NIV), Gain a concise, fundamental grasp of what the Bible is all about with our new, Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible, Romans: A Bible Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition, 1, 2, 3 John, The Crossway Classic Commentaries. What is brain-boggling is that Jesus knew how the pagans in those cities would have responded if they had witnessed His miracles. The Epistle to the Romans (2 vols.) We have to wait until verses 14 & 15 to answer the question, “How could the Gentiles be guilty of sin if they didn’t have the standard of God’s Law to live by?” But the point of verse 12 is that God will judge every person, Gentile or Jew, according to their response to the light that they were given. Why is it important to emphasize that God will judge our secrets (2:16)? We would be like a surgeon who didn’t want to tell his patient that he is ill. Because (as we saw last week) this is the consistent teaching of all of Scripture, Paul is not talking here about something hypothetical. Romans 12:3-8 - Using Our Gifts in Proportion to Our Faith, Part 3 Web Page by John Piper Studies in Romans 12: The Christian's Sacrifice and Service of Praise Those who live on the path of obedience to God’s Word are those who will be justified at the final judgment. So Paul shows that God will impartially judge everyone for sinning against the light that they were given. “For” shows that Paul is explaining verse 11, “For there is no partiality with God.” Verse 12 means that God will judge each person according to the light that he was given. As Romans 3:20 says, “by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight.” Paul’s argument in Romans 1:18-3:20 is that all have sinned and thus all need God’s saving grace through the gift of His Son, who died to redeem sinners who trust in Him. So God can’t be accused of partiality. How can we make it more reliable? He sees the seething anger in your heart, even when you camouflage it. He is not referring to the promise of the New Covenant, when God’s Law will be written on the heart of believers (Jer. There are … C. S. Lewis opens his argument in Mere Christianity [Macmillan, pp. One camp argues that verses 7, 10, and 13 are hypothetical. It means to judge things on the basis of externals or preconceived notions. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. 3:20). Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Romans: The Righteous Judgment of God [Zondervan], p. 174) says that many say they are not only the most difficult verses in Romans, but also in the whole of Scripture! But their judgment will be lighter than that of the people of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum, who witnessed Jesus’ miracles, but still rejected Him. They obey God’s Word as a way of life. Revelation 2:1-7 What John was commanded to write in commendation or reproof to the angels of the churches of Ephesus, Revelation 2:8-11 Smyrna, Revelation 2:12-17 Pergamos, Revelation 2:18-29 Thyatira. God has fixed the day (Acts 17:31). So far, the top commentaries I looked lean toward Calvinism. View the entire commentary, The apostle directs his discourse to the Jews, and shows of what sins they were guilty, notwithstanding their profession and vain pretensions... There are several things that we should not miss in verse 16 (C. H. Spurgeon, Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit [Pilgrim Publications], 31:373-384, has an excellent sermon, “Coming Judgment of the Secrets of Men,” from which I modified these points). He hopes to heal him without his knowing that he was sick. God’s Righteous Judgment. Their conscience was not reliable. View the entire commentary, No forms, ordinances, or notions can profit, without regenerating grace, which will always lead to seeking an interest in the righteousness of God by faith... In Revelation 19:11-15, He returns on a white horse to judge and wage war. As Spurgeon put it (ibid. Justification is only through faith in Christ, apart from works (Rom. As we saw last time (and will see again today), we can only live in obedience to God if we have experienced the new birth through faith in Christ. From His mouth comes a sharp sword to strike down the nations. by showing how even pagans have this sense of right and wrong. For one thing, this agrees with the uniform teaching of the Bible, that God will judge everyone impartially by his works (see last week’s sermon). He knows every click of the mouse on your computer, even late at night when no one else is around. 4:4-7), 3. To recap, in answer to the objection that God’s judgment is unfair because He gave the Jews the Law, Paul says, “No, God will judge everyone by the light they have been given and sinned against. Romans 2 Commentary, this verse-by-verse commentary contain gems of information found nowhere outside the ancient Jewish writings Senior Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church Minneapolis, Minnesota. Why is the conscience not a totally reliable guide? The Final Divide Eternal Life or Eternal Wrath, Part 1. In other words, as verse 6 stated, God “will render to each person according to his deeds.” Hearing the Law isn’t good enough; you must be a doer of the Law (2:13). He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood. We can impress them with our knowledge of the Bible or our prayers or religiosity. A believing, humble, thankful glorying in God, is the root and sum of all religion. Commentary on Romans 2:17-24 (Read Romans 2:17-24) The apostle directs his discourse to the Jews, and shows of what sins they were guilty, notwithstanding their profession and vain pretensions. So if that isn’t your image of Jesus, you need to change your thinking! are wrong. The Greek verb οἶδα (oida), translated as “we know,” is a perfect active indicative form of the verb, meaning “to observe and therefore perceive.” God won’t judge me, will He?”. With the Gentiles, not having the Law is no excuse. So verse 14 explains (“for) the first half of verse 12, that “all who sin without the Law will also perish without the Law.” Even unsaved Gentiles have an inner sense of right and wrong. It is a series of sermons each about 35-45 minutes long through Paul's letter to the Romans starting with Chapter 1 verse 1 and proceeding to the end of the book. He goes on (2:28-29) to specify that he is not talking about outward observance of the Law only, but rather, obedience from the heart. The Jew sinned under the Law and so he will be judged by the Law (2:12). Whether a person had God’s Law or not, he will stand guilty before God on that day. The Gentiles, who did not have the Law, will be judged apart from the Law. Hearing the Law doesn’t put you in God’s favor ahead of the Gentiles, who have not heard the Law. (There is widespread scholarly opinion that Paul did not write these verses; however, the person who did and the editor who placed them near the end of the letter [commentaries cite the various placements of the doxology] clearly presumed that … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 16:25-27" Woe to you, Bethsaida! But, while that is clear, there are reasons to argue that Paul is not talking here about hypothetical perfect obedience, which no one can do, but rather about a direction of obedience, which those who have been born of God’s Spirit do practice consistently. But don’t let this be a fascinating brain-teaser without applying it: How much light have you received? But no one is able to do it, so no one can be justified by keeping God’s Law (Rom. 2 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. COMMENTARY ON ROMANS 8:28-39. 30:6. Another Look at Romans 2. The issue is, doing it. I am teaching on Romans 12:1-2 in a Sunday morning bible study at my church. 8:10). He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1976 in Bible exposition) and Califo... More, 4. Their consciences and thoughts convict them of their guilt (2:15). This is the circumcision that is not made with hands, Col. 2:11, Col. 2:12. What arguments support that 2:13 is not hypothetical, but rather describes the direction of life of those who are saved? The Final Divide Eternal Life or Eternal Wrath, Part 2. Treating others as you want to be treated, obeying just laws, and loving your mate and your children are right. Rather, he is pointing out the obvious fact that even pagans, who have had no exposure to God’s revealed Law, have a built-in sense of right and wrong that coincides with God’s Law. Some ancient rabbis taught that God … And, although occasionally they may do what is right, they all have sinned against what they know to be right. The conscience is not an infallible guide, but we should never go against our conscience. John and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four married children: Matt, Marcy, Mark, and Melinda. The gospel does not offer you the option of going on in your sin or shrugging it off as if it will not come under judgment if you do not repent. The Gentiles who sinned without the Law will perish, which refers to eternal condemnation. In Romans 2:26-27, Paul mentions the physically uncircumcised man who keeps the requirements of God’s Law. And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? At first glance, this doesn’t sound like good news! But, note carefully: Both groups have sinned and both groups will be judged for their sin. Rather, he is showing that God’s impartial judgment of all people will be on the basis of their works. Paul is anticipating a Jewish objection, “But surely God will treat us more favorably than the pagan Gentiles. His line of reasoning goes like this: The Gentile sinned without the Law, so he will perish without the Law. John Piper contorts the meaning of Romans 13 December 24, 2015 August 2, 2020 LibertyEconomics John Piper, who has done some great work rebutting Word-Faith doctrine, takes a position on guns and the state that I believe is inconsistent with Scripture. That’s what Paul is describing. They are doers of the Law. It is that which is inward, of the heart, and in the spirit. They will be guilty before God on the day when He judges their secret sins (2:16). They instinctively know what is right and wrong and they all have violated what they know to be right, as their consciences affirm. Finally, “… on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Jesus Christ.”. If we believe that, we’d better be ready! Why God Inspired Hard Texts (Romans 3:1-8) John Piper. True, says the other camp, but genuine saving faith always results in a life of obedience to God’s Word (Eph. Third, when God judges the secrets of men, it will be through Christ Jesus. Let’s trace Paul’s argument verse by verse: “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 the Law.”. 2:8-10). So, Paul’s argument thus far is that God is not partial to the Jews by giving them the Law, because He will judge everyone based on the light that they were given (2:12); and, hearing the Law only does not justify anyone; we must be doers of the Law (2:13). Only those who do God’s Law will be acquitted or justified on judgment day.”. The Jews, who received God’s Law, will be judged by that Law. But, if there is no judgment for all sin, then there is no need for a Savior and thus no good news (Morris, p. 129; Spurgeon, p. 383). In Matthew 11:20-24 we read: Then He began to denounce the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent. Like many of the newer contributions to the NICNT series, this commentary on Romans engages the Greek text, making exegetical observations primarily in the footnotes. 118-122; Thomas Schreiner, Romans [Baker], loc. Paul calls it “my gospel” both because he had personally owned it and to defend it against critics who accused him of preaching grace to the neglect of good works (Rom. But that is not necessary. 1. Web Page by Timothy J Keller. But Paul says, “Hearing it is not enough. 179-204; and, John Piper, “There is no Partiality with God” [part 2], on desiringgod.org.). Rather, when he says that “the work of the Law [is] written on their hearts,” he probably means, what the Law does, namely, teaching the difference between right and wrong (H. C. G. Moule, The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges [Cambridge University Press, 1903], p. 71).