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Summary: Paul teaches that circumcision of the flesh is not what makes us righteous but circumcision of the Heart!

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Pastor James May

CIRCUMCISION OF THE HEART

(continuation of the Study of Romans 2)

Romans 2:11-29

God does not play favoritism in dealing with man. He loves all of us equally regardless of stature, color, creed or any other factor. God does not look upon the outward appearance but makes every judgment for works that we do according to the condition and motive of the heart. He is an impartial judge and He judges not on which story sounds the best, or which testimony is most believable, but according to most secret desires and the hidden agenda of our heart.

Psalms 19:9, "The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether."

In verses 12 – 14, Paul begins his case against relying upon circumcision of the flesh vs of circumcision of the heart. Gentiles, who never hear the law are not given special preference simply because they did not know God’s law or have never heard it preached. Jews, who have heard and learned the law and have failed to obey every part of the law will be just as guilty and will receive the same sentence of guilt.

There are many sinner people who naturally decide to live according a higher standard of the moral law. By virtue of the fact that they are able to discern evil and good, the Law that God has placed within every man condemns them for their failure to obey even one law of morality.

Paul’s point to the church is this – So what if you know the Law and have heard it many times over. Your guilt is even the greater for you have had the opportunity but chose to disobey. It isn’t the hearing and knowing that counts – It’s the doing that really matters.

Worldly people who do not know Christ or who are ignorant of the ways of holiness that God teaches in His Word are still condemned by virtue of the fact they have a sense of right and wrong and a sense of justice that is placed in them at the moment of their creation. Their own instincts and knowledge that there has to be a right and wrong, evil and good, brings them under the condemnation of the Law and the penalty is death without exception.

In verse 15 Paul’s point is that within every one of us there is a great spiritual battle raging. Inside each heart there is a constant argument of should I or should I not. The Code of Morality that God has placed in each of us is constantly being barraged and brought into question so that our true nature and the real desires of our heart can be made manifest. There is an ongoing and never-ending battle that rages in each heart of flesh that forces our true nature to be revealed.


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