God shows no favorites!

Scripture reading for July 14th: Romans 2:1-23

So all men are without excuse.  All have been given a basic knowledge of God’s power and nature through the creation we live in. When we look at others and judge them, we must realize that we are no different ourselves.  We have not responded to truth as we should either.  It is only the kindness and goodness of God that has led us to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.  (Romans 2:4)

In this section, Paul is making the case that God shows no partiality.  Jew and Gentile alike must come to Him by faith for their righteousness.  No one can work their way into God’s grace!  God has given the Jew His law, and they will be judged by their failure to keep that law.  God wrote the law on the hearts of the Gentiles and their consciences help them to know right and wrong behavior.  (Romans 2:12-15)  Indeed, God will judge all men and their secrets through His Son Jesus Christ on a day He has chosen!  (Romans 2:16)  (Acts 17:31)

For those who would not repent, their own stubbornness and unrepentant hearts were storing up wrath for them on the day of God’s wrath.  (Romans 2:6)  God will judge evil deeds and those who reject the truth.  Jews will be judged as well as Gentiles.  Jews, in fact, were more responsible because of God’s law.  They should have know clearly what God required because it was clearly spelled out in God’s law.  Yet, knowing and obeying are different!  It is easy to judge others and still be disobedient yourself.  Paul encouraged the Jew to recognize their own need of grace and repentance to avoid the wrath of God!  (Romans 2:21-23)

As we look at this passage, we should examine our own hearts.  Do we judge others while remaining in sin ourselves?  Today is a good day to repent and ask God for mercy!  Do we claim to be righteous because we are Christians, yet live in a state of breaking God’s laws?  These laws are now written on our hearts and we have the Holy Spirit to bring conviction and godly sorrow enabling repentance!  God will not and does not show favorites!  God has an appointed day of judgment when all secrets will come to light!  He won’t show any favorites!

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