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All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.  This Week’s Study: Romans 2:9-3:25 Monday - No partiality with God. For there is no partiality with God (Romans 2:11). Our God is a just God. Our text tells us God has no favorites, you will find no partiality with God. “[F]or He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust (Matthew 5:45). But wait a minute, you say, God has no favorites? What do you mean?  While God has no favorites, it is true, salvation comes not by doggedly doing good deeds, but it is who you know and trust that leads to salvation. The topic of our text today is not how we are saved, however, we'll look at that again in future studies this week. The focus of today's text reminds us that God doesn't look at our face and decide if he likes us or not God doesn't play favorites in the way He decides who is saved.  God simply does what is right. I'm thankful God doesn't decide to accept you and reject me based on who has the best hairdo!  No! Our God is a fair and and a just God as today’s text points out, for there is no partiality with God. Tuesday - Does your life cause non-believers to blaspheme God? Indeed you are called a Jew, and rest on the law, and make your boast in God, and know His will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law, and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and truth in the law (Romans 2:17-20). In today’s study, Paul first lays the groundwork for his accusation of malpractice among the Hebrew religious leaders.   He writes: You rest on the law, know God’s will, approve the things that are excellent and are so confident  you see yourselves as guides to the blind, lights to those in darkness, and instructors of babes and the foolish.  You have all the knowledge, but you don’t do what you know is right! You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? You who say, "Do not commit adultery," do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law? For "THE NAME OF GOD IS BLASPHEMED AMONG THE GENTILES BECAUSE OF YOU," as it is written (Romans 2:21-24).  I wonder what Paul would say to me today? I wonder how my life impacts others. Do the inconsistencies of my life cause non-believers to blaspheme God?  What about you?  What impact is your life having on others? Wednesday  - Real goodness must come from within. For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God (Romans 2:28-29). Now we come to Paul's key point. He's telling us that goodness comes from within.  Goodness is not an outward manifestation of something that isn't on the inside.  Circumcision was an Old Testament ritual, was part of the Old Testament health laws.  While beyond the scope of today’s study, circumcision is still a positive health practice and has been found to reduce the incidence of AIDS, for example.  God also gave circumcision as a sign to remind the the Jewish man that he belonged to God.  That even his sexuality belonged to God.  Circumcision became one of the focal points as the New Testament church thrashed out what was required by God and what was not required by God, in the light of grace. Here Paul uses circumcision as an allegory for fully belonging to God. He said one is not a Jew who outwardly adheres to Jewish practice, but a real Jew is one who is a Jew from the inside out, one whose heart is circumcised (or marked by God).  A real Christian, is one who is a Christian in the spirit not in mere slavish obedience to the letter of the law. Thursday  - By the Law comes the knowledge of sin. Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin (Romans 3:20). So if we are not saved by the law, of what value is it? Today’s text gives us the answer.  “By the law is the knowledge of sin.”  God’s law defines right and wrong.  God’s law tells us how a child of God should live.  It is like a blueprint for the Spirit-filled, godly life.  If we had no law, right and wrong would be subjective. we would each decide what was right and what was wrong and what a mess our lives would be! In 1 John 1:9 we find a text that closely parallels our devotional text.  We read: “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4, KJV).  And there we have it.  Transgressing God’s law is sin.  Plain and simple, it is laid out for us.  Sin is defined as transgressing God’s law. When we really think about it, would we want to live in a place without law?  Would we want to live eternally in a lawless land?  No, God’s law is a strong fence of protection.  It defines the path of holiness and lays a clear demarcation between godliness and sin.  God has not left us in doubt.  He loves us enough to make His will clearly known. Heaven is a place of order and lawfulness.  And that is good news! We will spend eternity safe and secure from all sin and guarded against harm by God’s law.  And here is more good news!  When we do sin, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Friday/Weekend - God’s gift: Eternal Life! For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God (Romans 3:23-25). So as we read yesterday, the law defines sin.  Today we are reminded that we “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”  And right here, after defining sin, right here after listing the filth and misery desolation of the unrighteous Paul gives us the plan of salvation in three succinct verses. 1. We “all have sinned.” 2. We can be “justified freely by his grace.” 3. Through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” 4. God can justify us, or treat us just as if we had never sinned      because Jesus was our propitiation.  Propitiation means Jesus paid the price for our our sin.  He became our substitute.  He died our death so that we can go free. 5. We receive this “remission of sins that are past” “through faith in His blood.” 6. And it all happens through God’s “forbearance.”  Forbearance means one does not do what one has a legal right to do.  In other words, God gives us another chance, through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ. Have you accepted that wonderful gift of forgiveness and eternal life?  It is waiting just for you! Press <Control>+D to bookmark this page 2010-2012 Marvin Glass, Inc. And now back to more great Southern Gospel Music!