Summer Bible Study: Romans // Chapter TWO

Welcome friend!!

I’m so glad that you are back! I am excited to hear about what God has revealed to you through studying His Word. If this is your first time visiting our online bible study over Romans, check out the Romans Intro and get caught up because today we are reviewing & talking about Chapter TWO of Romans!

Over the weekend, my hubs and I camped out with about 35 youth kids and learned about being IN this world but not OF this world. We learned that a key principle to not being conformed to this world is being transformed by the renewing of our minds. Say what?! We renew our minds through the truth in God’s Word. {Here is the kicker that made me so excited since we are studying Romans together…} You shouldn’t simply read the Word and do the whole “skim-read while thinking about something else”, then closing your bible and go about your day as if nothing happened. That’s exactly what James warned us about in James 2, “be doers of the Word and not hearers only deceiving yourselves.” In our associate pastor’s convicting & encouraging words, “We need to get the Word IN us!” Studying is so much more than just reading and then marking bible study off your to-do list {I’m so guilty!}. Studying God’s Word literally transforms us into looking more like Christ! I don’t know about you but that sounds like exactly what I want in life!! I hope that encourages you to really dig into His Word, in this bible study over Romans, and in your everyday reading!

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Talk about a doozy. Romans chapter two is no walk in the park. It’s reoccurring theme is about God’s righteous judgement. Oh, judgement. It’s one of those nice over-coffee & macaroons subjects..not. Let’s start in verse one.

“Therefore, any of you who judges is without excuse. For when you judge another, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same things.” {rm. 2:1}

Ouch, Paul. Gettin’ a little bit too personal, buddy.

But, he is spot on. And for women, in my opinion, we need a small venti sized dose of humility in the department of judging one another.

In the day of Pinterest/Facebook/Insta/blogs, it’s SO easy to judge one another. For me, it’s out of jealousy because that woman has a coffee bar that I want and I’m going to slander her in my head until my coffee bar appears in my kitchen because. Of course, James was talking about more serious things than kitchen accessories. Yet, no matter what we are judging someone for, we will be held accountable for our actions. God is the judge. Not us. And before you start judging someone, remind yourself that you are just as sinful as the one you’re pointing fingers at. And also remember that grace covers each of our sin’s. God’s got it. Don’t worry your pretty little self about what that person is or isn’t doing anymore. {Preaching to the choir!}

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Chapter two’s main theme is righteousness & judgement. James is writing about the coming wrath of God. Pretty much.. Your choices in this life carry over into how you will be judged in the next eternal life. “He will repay each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality; but wrath and indignation to those who are self-seeking and disobey the truth but are obeying unrighteousness…” {rm. 2:6-8}

This is a lot to take in. But, do not be discouraged.

No one can work their way into heaven. Salvation, the belief in Christ Jesus and acceptance of His free gift of salvation from sin, brings about good works. Good works do not bring salvation. I struggled with this for years. You can not work yourself into heaven. The Jews who Paul is writing to in this chapter focus their entire being and energy in trying to keep the law {trying to be good enough}. My HCSB study bible explained it in a mighty way…

“Christians are declared righteous by faith. At the moment of that declaration, the person is joined to Christ and regenerated by the Holy Spirit, becoming a new creation [2co. 5:17] created for good works [eph 2:10]. As Paul wrote, “what matters is faith working through love.” [Gl. 5:6] Thus the person of faith who seeks glory, honor, and immortality and continues to do good demonstrates that he is truly regenerate and thus is assured of eternal life. To the person who obeys unrighteousness and disobeys truth, however, wrath is his/her destiny.”

You are righteous only by Christ in you. He bridged the gap between you & God and accepting and believing in that transforms you into a righteous being because when God looks at you, He sees Jesus, the spotless lamb. This doesn’t mean that He is not blind to every choice you make. Faith without works is dead. {James 2:17} Like my husband tells me, “if you truly believe in your heart that Jesus is who He says He is, then your life/faith WILL SHOW.”

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Being a Christian is not doing a list of “good” things to get yourself into Heaven or praying the sinner’s prayer 18 times. God WANTS you to have a relationship with Him. Your righteousness is in Christ alone. But you must be IN Christ alone to receive that righteousness. The fruit (good deeds) will grow and show after that relationship is planted! “Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, overflowing with gratitude.” {Colossians 2:6-7}

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What have you learned from chapter two? I want to hear from you!!!

In Christ alone, you are accepted. In Christ alone, you are declared righteous. In Christ alone,

You are loved!

-Katie

 

 

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11 thoughts on “Summer Bible Study: Romans // Chapter TWO

  1. You had me giggling away – rather sheepishly – from the beginning when stated that women need a venti sized doze of humility in the department of judging each other! Amen to that. But men judge too, so Paul wasn’t letting anyone off the hook 🙂
    (ha ha… oops, am I judging now??)
    Another thing that stood out to me is all the talk about Jews and their law and how following the law is a bunch of rituals with little meaning unless the heart has been circumcised by the Spirit. The law makes it clear what is right and wrong and will make us feel guilty when we break it.
    – A God obedient person will want to follow Jesus and will already know right from wrong as it is written on the heart. His Spirit inside us will whip up a storm and blow away the peace of God when we are heading down the wrong road… (And by the way – as descendants of Adam & Eve who sinned and gained knowledge of good and evil, we should already know a great deal shouldn’t we…).
    Paul is very clear also about the circumcision in verse 25 “if you obey the law your circumcision is of value” – Praise God for His Grace, because keeping the law is impossible for anyone. But nothing is impossible for God – Thank you Jesus ❤

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