Again, many commentators understand Paul here to be speaking hypothetically, in that no one is able to keep God’s Law perfectly or to earn salvation by good works. His eyes are a flame of fire. Also, there are biblical examples of those who are doers of the Law (or, God’s Word). Spurgeon rightly argues (p. 384) that if we do not preach the coming judgment and wrath of God, we do not preach the gospel at all. To recap, in answer to the objection that God’s judgment is unfair because He gave the Jews the Law, Paul says, “No, God will judge everyone by the light they have been given and sinned against. That is a scary thought! Those who live on the path of obedience to God’s Word are those who will be justified at the final judgment. View the entire commentary, No forms, ordinances, or notions can profit, without regenerating grace, which will always lead to seeking an interest in the righteousness of God by faith... They obey God’s Word as a way of life. Why is the conscience not a totally reliable guide? “… for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified.”, Paul again uses “for” (see also, 2:11, 12, and 14) to show that he is explaining or proving what he has just said. ... Scripture: Romans 2:6–10. For there is no partiality with God. They also enjoy the enthusiastic company of … Thus while we are saved by faith alone, we will be judged by our works. 3:20). Nov 29, 1998. And if you don’t believe it, that does not mean that it will not happen! A believing, humble, thankful glorying in God, is the root and sum of all religion. He is describing Gentiles who have been saved by faith and now demonstrate their faith by obedience to God’s Word. Finally, “… on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Jesus Christ.”. 179-204; and, John Piper, “There is no Partiality with God” [part 2], on desiringgod.org.). Who is a True Jew? There are two main views, going back into the verses that we covered in 2:6-11. But no one is able to do it, so no one can be justified by keeping God’s Law (Rom. C. S. Lewis opens his argument in Mere Christianity [Macmillan, pp. Jesus taught the same thing in a passage that boggles your brain as you try to grasp it. We would be like a surgeon who didn’t want to tell his patient that he is ill. And, in the case of Sodom, He easily could have had the angels who went there to destroy the city perform enough miracles to bring them to faith. So God can’t be accused of partiality. With the Gentiles, not having the Law is no excuse. Dec 6, 1998. i. So, Paul’s argument thus far is that God is not partial to the Jews by giving them the Law, because He will judge everyone based on the light that they were given (2:12); and, hearing the Law only does not justify anyone; we must be doers of the Law (2:13). I am studying the book of Romans. In this book, John Piper does a remarkable job of guiding the reader through a detailed exploration of Romans 9:1-23, its context in Romans, in Paul's other writings, and in the Bible as a whole. “He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty” (19:15). Scripture: Romans 2:1–5. 2:8-10). Romans 2 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by John Calvin, helps you experience his lasting impact on Christian theology and thought Rather, he is showing that God’s impartial judgment of all people will be on the basis of their works. What arguments support that 2:13 is not hypothetical, but rather describes the direction of life of those who are saved? God won’t judge me, will He?”. They will spend eternity in hell for their sins. “For all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law.”“For” shows that Paul is explaining verse 11, “For there is no partiality with God.” Verse 12 means that God will judge each person according to the light that he was given. was a ground-breaking work when first written, and today it is still highly valued for its scholarship. Hearing the Law doesn’t put you in God’s favor ahead of the Gentiles, who have not heard the Law. It is that which is inward, of the heart, and in the spirit. Romans 2 Commentary, this large five-volume commentary is still read today and known for its pithy statements and quotable prose For if the miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. As Spurgeon put it (ibid. The Gentiles who sinned without the Law will perish, which refers to eternal condemnation. Jesus made the astounding claim (John 5:22-23), “For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son, so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father.” There couldn’t be a clearer claim to deity than that! So if that isn’t your image of Jesus, you need to change your thinking! I’ve done the best that I could with what I knew. Why is it important to emphasize that God will judge our secrets (2:16)? Did Paul Believe in Justification by Works? In John Piper’s longest and most memorable sermon series, he tracks the magisterial epistle of the apostle Paul to the Romans — the greatest letter ever written. Also, this means that if you have a picture in your mind of Jesus as being all-loving and never judgmental, then you do not have the biblical picture of Jesus. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Romans: The Righteous Judgment of God [Zondervan], p. 174) says that many say they are not only the most difficult verses in Romans, but also in the whole of Scripture! Commentary on Romans 2:17-24 (Read Romans 2:17-24) The apostle directs his discourse to the Jews, and shows of what sins they were guilty, notwithstanding their profession and vain pretensions. What practical implications does this have. Although the Gentiles did not have God’s Law, they all have an inner sense of right and wrong (2:14). View the entire commentary, The apostle directs his discourse to the Jews, and shows of what sins they were guilty, notwithstanding their profession and vain pretensions... His line of reasoning goes like this: The Gentile sinned without the Law, so he will perish without the Law. Treating others as you want to be treated, obeying just laws, and loving your mate and your children are right. Jesus is saying that there will be degrees of punishment in hell, based on the amount of light that a person has rejected. This is the circumcision that is not made with hands, Col. 2:11, Col. 2:12. Paul’s great letter to the Romans ends with a doxology — a moment of praise. You will descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day. A person’s works reveal the reality of his faith. In other words, as verse 6 stated, God “will render to each person according to his deeds.” Hearing the Law isn’t good enough; you must be a doer of the Law (2:13). Rather, he brings up the Gentiles to show his Jewish readers that having the Law and occasionally obeying it are not enough. Why God Inspired Hard Texts (Romans 3:1-8) John Piper. Please consider this request from John Piper and become a monthly partner by December 31. 2 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. “For” shows that Paul is explaining verse 11, “For there is no partiality with God.” Verse 12 means that God will judge each person according to the light that he was given. In Romans 8:4, Paul says that through the cross (8:3), “the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” In other words, those who have trusted in Christ’s death now walk by the Holy Spirit and thus fulfill God’s Law. He described Himself as the judge of all! Another Look at Romans 2. Part 2. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture Quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition © The Lockman Foundation, Related Topics: Hamartiology (Sin), Soteriology (Salvation), Steve served as the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through his retirement in December, 2018. Casting away the body of sin. We are not saved on the basis of our good deeds, but our good deeds necessarily show the validity of our faith (James 2:18-26). He knows every click of the mouse on your computer, even late at night when no one else is around. What is brain-boggling is that Jesus knew how the pagans in those cities would have responded if they had witnessed His miracles. We have to wait until verses 14 & 15 to answer the question, “How could the Gentiles be guilty of sin if they didn’t have the standard of God’s Law to live by?” But the point of verse 12 is that God will judge every person, Gentile or Jew, according to their response to the light that they were given. Part 1 of this eBook contains 158 Expositional Sermons (sermon manuscripts) on Paul's Epistle to the Romans chapters 1-8, by John Piper. 118-122; Thomas Schreiner, Romans [Baker], loc. I am teaching on Romans 12:1-2 in a Sunday morning bible study at my church. Rather, when he says that “the work of the Law [is] written on their hearts,” he probably means, what the Law does, namely, teaching the difference between right and wrong (H. C. G. Moule, The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges [Cambridge University Press, 1903], p. 71). Justification is only through faith in Christ, apart from works (Rom. The connection is that the present work of the conscience in either accusing or defending the sinner will reach its climax on the final day of judgment, when God will judge even the secrets of men by His righteous standards. 1. By Dr. Leighton Flowers. God has fixed the day (Acts 17:31). Their deeds proved that they would be justified on judgment day. The Jews, who received God’s Law, will be judged by that Law. Copyright, Steven J. Cole, 2010, All Rights Reserved. Web Page by John Piper. The Jew sinned under the Law and so he will be judged by the Law (2:12). For we behold the glory of Christ in the mirror, inasmuch as we see not immediately its objective reality, which will only be the case in the future kingdom of God (John 17:24; 1 John 3:2; Colossians 3:3 f.; Romans 8:17 f.), but only its representation in the gospel; for the gospel is τὸ εὐαγγ. If we believe that, we’d better be ready! Web Page by Timothy J Keller. 2:8-10). Some ancient rabbis taught that God … He knows the hidden prideful motives, even when we outwardly serve Him. Romans 12:3-8 - Using Our Gifts in Proportion to Our Faith, Part 3 Web Page by John Piper Studies in Romans 12: The Christian's Sacrifice and Service of Praise For Christ to sit in judgment on the secrets of all men, He must have infinite knowledge, which only God can have (Charles Hodge, Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans [Eerdmans], p. 58). Their conscience was not reliable. One camp argues that verses 7, 10, and 13 are hypothetical. No one can earn right standing before God by good works. In Revelation 19:11-15, He returns on a white horse to judge and wage war. 2:6). JBMW 7:2 (Fall 2002) p. 79. And, although occasionally they may do what is right, they all have sinned against what they know to be right. He “will render to each person according to his deeds” (Rom. Their consciences and thoughts convict them of their guilt (2:15). John Piper devoted an entire sermon on these verses to answer the … If not, what kind of judgment will you face when you stand before God? The Gentiles, who did not have the Law, will be judged apart from the Law. The Epistle to the Romans (2 vols.) Rather, he is describing those who will be justified by God on judgment day. Third, when God judges the secrets of men, it will be through Christ Jesus. God doesn’t just look at our outward deeds. First, there will be a certain day of judgment. Web Page by John Piper. 17ff.] It is a series of sermons each about 35-45 minutes long through Paul's letter to the Romans starting with Chapter 1 verse 1 and proceeding to the end of the book. If you’ve talked with people about the gospel, you’ve heard the question, “Is God fair to judge those who have never heard about Jesus Christ?” Will they go to hell because they did not believe in Jesus when they never heard of Him? 16:27; John 5:22, 24-29). The Gentiles, who did not have the Law, will be judged apart from the Law. The Jews, who received God’s Law, will be judged by that Law. It is not infallible in that it needs to be informed by Scripture, not just by what our culture may think is right or wrong, or by what we may instinctively feel is right or wrong. ), “With deep love to the souls of men, I bear witness to the truth that he who turns not with repentance and faith to Christ, shall go away into punishment as everlasting as the life of the righteous.” We need to understand the bad news of judgment in order to appreciate the good news of salvation through faith in Christ. View the entire commentary, New International Version (NIV), Gain a concise, fundamental grasp of what the Bible is all about with our new, Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible, Romans: A Bible Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition, 1, 2, 3 John, The Crossway Classic Commentaries. COMMENTARY ON ROMANS 8:28-39. The Jews thought themselves a holy people, entitled to their privileges by right, while they were unthankful, rebellious, and unrighteous... He sees the seething anger in your heart, even when you camouflage it. We can put on a pretty good show towards others. How can we make it more reliable? And every person has a conscience that condemns him when he violates what he knows to be wrong. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood. The Final Divide Eternal Life or Eternal Wrath, Part 1. 3:8). Paul is not saying that a person earns justification by obedience. Unless Jesus was a liar or mistaken, that day is coming (Matt. Should we ever go against our conscience? For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; a. So far, the top commentaries I looked lean toward Calvinism. 8:10). There are … Commentaries for Romans Chapter 2 The Jews could not be justified by the law of Moses, any more than the Gentiles by the law of nature. The Jews boasted in having God’s Law. But He did not do that! Those who disobey God’s Word will be condemned and go to hell. Paul is saying that the gospel he preached was in complete harmony with the solemn truth that God will judge the secrets of men. He hopes to heal him without his knowing that he was sick. The connection between verses 15 & 16 is not obvious, which has led some to put either verses 13-15 (KJV) or 14-15 (NIV) in parenthesis. And I’m not a millionaire!” So our conscience and our thoughts go back and forth, either condemning us or trying to defend us. From 1977-1992 he was the pastor of Lake Gregory Community Church in Crestline, California. But Paul says, “Hearing it is not enough. 4:4-5). John and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four married children: Matt, Marcy, Mark, and Melinda. It is the heart that God looks at, the circumcising of the heart that renders us acceptable to him. Besides, the government wastes so much money. Leviticus . Because (as we saw last week) this is the consistent teaching of all of Scripture, Paul is not talking here about something hypothetical. Nevertheless I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you.”. The Greek verb οἶδα (oida), translated as “we know,” is a perfect active indicative form of the verb, meaning “to observe and therefore perceive.” When we do, we justify it by various arguments. The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 2 (Gal. The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 1 (Luke 19:1-10), Bible Storying Series - Teaching The Story Of God Chronologically, Bible Teaching Ideas: The Ten Commandments And Ten Fingers, How would you answer the objection, “What about the heathen who have never heard about Jesus?”. As is normal for me, I draw on a number of different resources in preparing for my teaching. And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? I find that too many of these notes are simply the Greek word. It needed to be informed by the unchanging standard of God’s Word. by showing how even pagans have this sense of right and wrong. What then, may some say, is the advantage of the Jew, or of the circumcision - That is, those that are circumcised, above the gentiles? Second, on that day, God will judge the secrets of everyone. Romans 2 Commentary, this verse-by-verse commentary contain gems of information found nowhere outside the ancient Jewish writings Paul is referring to the fact that almost all cultures believe that murder, stealing, rape, assault, etc. To sum up, Paul is saying: Since God will impartially judge everyone for sinning against what they know to be right, everyone is guilty and thus everyone needs the gospel. For there is no partiality with God: The word translated partiality comes from two ancient Greek words put together – to receive and face. Fourth, this final judgment is according to Paul’s gospel. (In defending this interpretation, I have relied on Frederic Godet, Commentary on Romans [Kregel], pp. Scripture: Romans 2:6–10. If you ever need a motivation to memorize Scripture, seeing Dr. Piper’s passion for God and His Word will hopefully drive you to feed your soul with the Word of God. “Woe to you, Chorazin! So he flatters him that he is well and the man refuses the cure. They will be guilty before God on the day when He judges their secret sins (2:16). The word for "another" is the word heteros. SermonAudio.com - Romans 2 Sermons. But don’t let this be a fascinating brain-teaser without applying it: How much light have you received? Only those who do God’s Law will be acquitted or justified on judgment day.”. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1976 in Bible exposition) and Califo... More, 4. We can impress them with our knowledge of the Bible or our prayers or religiosity. In Matthew 11:20-24 we read: Then He began to denounce the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent. They are doers of the Law. 28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. cit. At this point Paul is not looking at how a person enters into a life of obedience, but rather at the results of it. 2 Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So verse 14 explains (“for) the first half of verse 12, that “all who sin without the Law will also perish without the Law.” Even unsaved Gentiles have an inner sense of right and wrong. But they often disobey what they know to be right, so that their conscience condemns them. And so are we, if we do not warn people about God’s impartial, certain judgment of our every secret, and then point them to the good news that Christ offers forgiveness to repentant sinners as their only hope. Five of John Piper’s sermons in particular have been tremendously helpful to me, stimulating not only my mind but also my heart. For one thing, this agrees with the uniform teaching of the Bible, that God will judge everyone impartially by his works (see last week’s sermon). Such a doctor would be a murderer. PDF by Thomas R Schreiner. are wrong. Drop at verse 28"There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. Audiobook review: This is a phenomenal exposition of the book of Romans by Pastor John Piper. At first glance, this doesn’t sound like good news! Like many of the newer contributions to the NICNT series, this commentary on Romans engages the Greek text, making exegetical observations primarily in the footnotes. (There is widespread scholarly opinion that Paul did not write these verses; however, the person who did and the editor who placed them near the end of the letter [commentaries cite the various placements of the doxology] clearly presumed that … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 16:25-27" Nothing will escape His penetrating gaze on judgment day. True, says the other camp, but genuine saving faith always results in a life of obedience to God’s Word (Eph. Paul is anticipating a Jewish objection, “But surely God will treat us more favorably than the pagan Gentiles. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. But whatever they may think of themselves, the day is coming when God will judge not only outward deeds, but also the secrets of men through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the gospel (2:16). Paul calls it “my gospel” both because he had personally owned it and to defend it against critics who accused him of preaching grace to the neglect of good works (Rom. In Romans 2:26-27, Paul mentions the physically uncircumcised man who keeps the requirements of God’s Law. Some argue that Paul is referring here to saved Gentiles who obey the Law and thus are justified. The conscience is not an infallible guide, but we should never go against our conscience. They all hold to a standard of behavior that they expect others to hold to also. “For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, …”. John Piper contorts the meaning of Romans 13 December 24, 2015 August 2, 2020 LibertyEconomics John Piper, who has done some great work rebutting Word-Faith doctrine, takes a position on guns and the state that I believe is inconsistent with Scripture. But, if there is no judgment for all sin, then there is no need for a Savior and thus no good news (Morris, p. 129; Spurgeon, p. 383). God’s Righteous Judgment. As Romans 3:20 says, “by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight.” Paul’s argument in Romans 1:18-3:20 is that all have sinned and thus all need God’s saving grace through the gift of His Son, who died to redeem sinners who trust in Him. Sometimes they do what they know to be right. These verses are not easy to interpret and so godly scholars differ on many issues. We know God’s ways as revealed in His Law, but they don’t!” Or, perhaps a Gentile would object, “It’s not fair for God to judge me for disobeying a standard that I knew nothing about! Nor does it mean that they somehow would earn eternal life by their blameless obedience. John Piper Nov 22, 1998 109 Shares Sermon. But their judgment will be lighter than that of the people of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum, who witnessed Jesus’ miracles, but still rejected Him. Nevertheless I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. ... Sermon Manuscripts and Commentaries. That’s what Paul is describing. But, there is a problem: Even though we all have this built-in sense of right and wrong, we all have violated our own standards. In Luke 1:6, it says of John the Baptist’s parents, Zacharias and Elizabeth, “They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.” This does not mean that they were sinlessly perfect, because Zacharias goes on to sin by not believing the word of the angel that they would have a child in their old age. (Lord willing, Part 2: Chapters 9-16 coming soon). They heard it read every week in their synagogues. 30:6. See Deu. Have you responded to the light you have received by repenting of your sins and trusting in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord? Romans 2 He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. But that is not necessary. (2.) It means to judge things on the basis of externals or preconceived notions. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. These Jews were condemning everybody, but they were living a lifestyle that was worthy of death and destined for judgment. 31:33; Heb. ; Schreiner, The Law and Its Fulfillment [Baker], pp. In the video below, Pastor John Piper recites two of the most glorious passages in all of Scripture (Romans 5:1-8 and Romans 8) from memory. The Final Divide Eternal Life or Eternal Wrath, Part 2. For sinning against the light that a person ’ s Word as way. 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