Hypocrisy Then Jew or Gentile, ‘Do You Know Jesus?’
Review Paul’s wrote to the church in Rome to instruct them in the faith as no Apostle done as none had visited there. He wanted to tell them the truth about Jesus just as he had in Galatia, Thessalonica, and Corinth followed by letters of additional details, knowledge, and application.
1:1-9 Eight times Paul mentions Jesus or God’s son in the first nine verses and the gospel twice (v1 and v9). Further, the gospel (the good news) is not about Jesus, Jesus is the gospel, the good news.
1:14 Paul wanted to go to Rome the share the gospel, to share the good news that is Jesus.
1:17 The words faith to faith tell us as believers we grow in the faith more and more where our faith leads to faithful living which leads to a deepening of our faith in Jesus.
1:18-23 Look to Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Ungodliness and wickedness are revealed in the who does not believe. God is reveled so no one can be without excuse. VIDEO
Nonetheless, the wicked hid from God by worshipping idols that permitted them whatever sin they wished.
1:29-31 Without God the creator any and all wickedness becomes possible. They were inventors of evil, not just
1:32 They gloried unashamed in their wickedness and approved of others as they desired an increase of evil. They also sought to persuade people there is nothing wrong in their actions – in defying God’s righteousness.
2:1-3 therefore tells us this refers to the prior verses 1:31-32, so let’s look at them together. Here Paul is doing his best to instill fear in his readers, including us. Psalm 111:10a & Proverbs 9:10a The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.
A hypocrite will be found without excuse. You cannot get away with your sin by condemning it in others.
2:4 Why is God so patient? Why does He wait? Because He is slow to anger and is abounding in love and faithfulness Exodus 34:6b & Psalm 86:15 There is a reason for our trials and tribulations, we are being led to repentance. God’s love wants us to return to Him and remain with Him. The choice is ours, but we will be without excuse if we choose poorly.
2:5 You cannot get away with your sins if you remain hard hearted and unrepentant. Judgment will come. Decades later John writes in Revelation 6:15-17 what it will be like for those who remain unrepentant.
2:6 Here the works are about accepting or refusing Christ as Lord and Savior in reference to the good news of Jesus Paul wants to bring to the church in Rome.
2:7 For those who repent of their sinful ways and accept Jesus by faith there are the rewards of glory and honor and immortality. The reward of immortality clearly points to the afterlife. doing good points to living out one’s faith as in 1:17 faith to faith. Jesus is not just the answer, He is the way.
2:8-9 Those who refuse the Grace offered through Jesus, this is what awaits them. In v9 use soul – a more literal translation – instead of human being and we then know this is the punishment of the afterlife.
2:10 Just as there are three woes for the unbelievers, there are three benefits for the believers. Honor as sons of God, the unchanging glory of God, and peace. Peace in our souls so we are able to live in peace knowing our eternal future.
2:11 Matters not if you are Jew or Gentile – if you believe in Christ Jesus as you will be justified by your faith. If you do not accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, again it matters not if you are Jew or Gentile, you will be found guilty. Reward or condemnation are dependent on one thing – faith in Jesus and the resultant changes in your life.
2:12-13 Jews who lived under the law should know Jesus is the Messiah from the law. Listen to what Phillip said to Nathaniel in John 1:45 “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” It is not enough to know the law, hear the law, for one is only justified if they believe Christ whom the law promised. Listen to Jesus talking with Nicodemus about the same thing: John 3:5-18
2:14-15 Paul divides the Gentiles into two different groups – those who believe and those who do not. Nature, God’s creation reveals the truth to us, but as with the Jews, we have a choice to believe or not believe. And as Jesus said to Nicodemus John 3:18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
2:16 Have you, have we accepted Christ? Or have you, have we refused the grace of Christ? We will be judged on the basis of our faith and the living of our faith. There will be no secrets. None.