The Message in Romans (6)

 “For God does not show favoritism.” Romans 2:11, NIV.  There is no advantage in being a blood descendant of Abraham. There is no advantage in belonging to a specific religious group or organization. There is no advantage in being born of a well-respected parent. There is no advantage in possessing extensive knowledge of the Scriptures, laws, and doctrines. All are equal in the eyes of God. All peoples are one hundred percent sinners, no exceptions. God in Christ, on the cross at Golgotha, justified one hundred percent sinners only. The Partial, or almost sinners, do not exist.

Jews maintained that because they are descendants of Abraham, a chosen people, they are not sinners in the same way the Gentiles are. Jews, who practiced faithful obedience to the law of Moses, considered themselves blameless. However, Paul insists that because of such an attitude, the Jews are breaking the law in which they pride. Therefore, all are subject to judgment. “All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law.” Romans 2:12, NIV.

All human beings are sinners by nature whether they received and obeyed the written code or not. All human beings would be sinners even if they did not knowingly commit personal sin. Therefore, Paul insists, all subject to judgment. Paul speaks here in future tense because he is addressing the helpless condition of the humankind before the Cross of Christ. “This will take place on the day when God will judge men’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.” Romans 2:16, NIV.

God, on the cross at Golgotha, put into the body of Jesus our sin committed in the garden of Eden, and our sinful life and, therefore, all our sins. By abandoning, or forsaking, Jesus, God destroyed our sin, including those committed after Eden. This judgment is the most important spoken off in the Bible. By the judgment on the cross at Golgotha, God made us righteous in His eyes, in Jesus Christ, and in Him only. In our own eyes we are sinners, but sinners who are saved and justified by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ.

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Dan Lazich

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