Romans Podcast Expository Files 2018 Berkley - Page 17



Romans ~ No Exemptions
Rom. 2:1-16
Paul is an apostle of Jesus Christ, inspired by the Holy Spirit to write this letter to the church
at Rome. He expresses his interests in their spiritual welfare, affirming that the gospel of Christ
is the power of God to save.
Save from what? SIN. In Rom. 1:18-32, Paul delivers his indictment against the sins typical in
the Gentile world.
What about the Jewish people? What about those of Jewish heritage who become arrogant
and self-righteous? Some would agree with everything Paul said in Romans 1:18-32, but then
claim that they were better; they were exempt by virtue of their heritage or blood.
Yet, we already know something. The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against “all”
ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. If the main thrust of Romans 1:18-32 is the Gentiles.
Paul makes certain (in chapter two) that the Jewish people know, they have the same
problem. Remember, the human problem is sin. The gospel is the solution.
To the man who argues that the Gentiles are depraved but he and his fellows are exempt, Paul
answers: “…you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing
judgment on another, you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the same
things.”
What emerges here is a contrast between man’s prejudicial judgment and God’s
perfect judgment. And of course, He is the ultimate Judge. Man’s judgment is prejudicial and
self-exonerating (verse 1). God’s judgment is right, never tainted with favoritism or uneven
justice (verse 2).
Sin and ill-conceived judgment of others is a refusal to be impressed and moved by the
goodness and forbearance of God, that should lead us to repentance. And, if a sinner doesn’t
admit their sin and repent, as he/she continues in sin, the heart becomes hardened and
impenitent.
Divine judgment is according to truth (verse 2); righteous (verse 5); according to our works
(verse 6) and perfectly impartial (verse 11). Again isn’t it clear, the problem is sin. The solution
is the gospel of Christ.
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