This weekend I’ve gotten behind on our studies due to it being Easter weekend. But now that it is Monday, it is time we get back into our journey on the Romans Road to Salvation. Today we will be looking at Romans 2:12-29. We have a lot of scriptures to get through today, so please feel free to study over the scriptures in sections throughout the day and write down any notes you may have for the scriptures you read to help you better understand the meaning of them.
Do we have the right to claim Christianity?
With claiming Christianity, there comes a responsibility with that claim. When we claim to be Christians, we are claiming to be joined with Christ. If we are joined with Christ, then that means that our lives must reflect His ways in all aspects. We cannot pick and choose which parts of Christs characteristics we want to claim and put on within our own lives. We will either have all of Christ or we will have none of Him.
There is no such thing as a halfway Christian because there is no such thing as a halfway Christ.
Romans 2:12-16 says, “For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;” “(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.” “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:” “Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)” “In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.”
God’s judgment is fair for each of us. Whether we were raised in church our whole lives, hearing the word of God, but turned away from God or whether we were never raised in church and don’t know anything about God, we will all be judged one day. Just because we may know the word of God and His ways, doesn’t mean that our knowledge will get us into Heaven one day. It takes more than just knowing about God and His word to make Heaven our home one day.
Jesus views all sinners the same.
In these scriptures, Paul addresses both the Jews and the Gentiles. He makes it clear that both will be judged according to what they know. For us today, we will be judged for what we know, what we do, and what we don’t do. We learn in these scriptures that our excuses may get us out of not living right for while we’re here on earth, but they will not grant us an eternity in paradise one day. Excuses will only keep us separated from God.
Romans 2:17-24 says, “Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,” “And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;” “And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,” “An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.” “Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?” “ Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?” “Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?” “For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.”
If we are claiming Christianity, we have to be living up to that claim. If we say that someone can’t lie, then we can’t be lying either. If we say that cheating is wrong, then we can’t be cheating either. If we say that cussing is a sin, we can’t be cussing either. If we say that drinking is a sin, then we should not be drinking. Knowing the law is not the same as living it.
As Christians, we have a responsibility to reflect Christ in everything that we do. If we are claiming Him, then our lives better reflect Him and His ways. It is important to know God’s ways and His word, but it takes more than just knowing about those things. Instead of just knowing about God and His word, we have to be living for Him. We have to be like Christ every day, in everything that we do and when we do that, we have the right to claim Christianity.
If we fail to be like Christ but yet we claim Christianity, we are telling the world that it is okay to stay in our sins. We are claiming that we can have the world and Jesus too, but the bible tells us we cannot have both. We have to choose which claim we want to live up to.
Romans 2:24-29 says, “For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.” “Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?” “And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?” “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:” “But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.”
Paul is speaking to the Jews is these last few scriptures. He is telling them that their Jewish heritage does not make them any better than the Gentiles. In the same way today, our Christianity does not make us any better than a sinner who does not know the Lord. Through these scriptures we can learn the importance of living humbly before the Lord.
The next time you claim Christianity, really think about what you are claiming. Remember that we are to be the mirror images of Christ, for the whole world to see. Are they seeing Christ reflected in us or are they seeing the world? Let us live up to the standards Christ has set before us.
DIY: DO IT YOURSELF
- Study over Romans Chapter 2
- Verse map or bible SOAP the scriptures from today’s reading that stands out to you the most
- Do you believe we can live in the world and be separate from the world at the same time? Why or why not?
- If we are to follow Jesus’ example, then does that mean it is possible to live a sinless life?
- Can Christians be Christians if there is sin in their lives? Why or why not?
- Why is claiming Christianity such a big responsibility?