Summary: Paul continues to address the church by dismissing the very traditional of circumcision; stating the importance coming from Deut 30:6 that declares it is our hearts that must be changed, not just our physical bodies!

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Romans, Part 6

Romans 2:17-29


- This letter is given to the believer who is interested in growing in Christ

- It is not a rebuke, but an education from Paul who is living in Christ

- He is encouraging the church to grow; to seek; and to obey God’s will

- Religion is not about rules; it is about relationship and obedience to Christ alone

- If we will not follow Christ – the judgment will upon ourselves FIRST

- Today we remember the importance of the Sanctity of Human Life and it is the prayer of my heart that you will seek the Lord honestly and pray for this critical issue in our nation.

- Stand and read Romans 2:17-29 / Pray

Point 1 – What Do We Call Ourselves? (17-20)

- We must be careful not to fall into the same pattern being displayed here

- Religious pride can get into real trouble

- Note the arrogance that could be displayed in these various verses:

-- Title = Jew (comes from Judah) = proud to be known as one

-- Possession of Law = since they had it, they were obviously “chosen”

-- Brag about Fellowship/relationship = Vaulting yourself above others

-- Knowledge of God’s Will = they know how it should be

-- Responsibility to Teach = Knowledge (superior position in society)

- Caution because they got it; but they must not swell in pride because of it

- To the church today, this is very important and we must learn this

- APP: Knowing religious ways does not absolve us from obeying God first

- There is a difference between religion and relationship

- APP: the things we do externally does not save us internally

- But it is the revelation of GRACE that we must apply to our lives immediately

- Consider for a moment the sanctity of human life:

- In all things, we must grasp three very important aspects about life:

-- None are above us

-- None are below us

-- All life is going to one day glorify God and confess Jesus as Lord

- APP: But ignorance of God’s commands leads us into judgment with Him

TRANS: Yet, even in this knowledge there is still confusion displayed

Point 2 – Spiritual Inconsistencies (21-24)

- It is important for us as believers to know the truth, in order to teach it

- Paul’s writings here are references to Old Testament Law; important to apply

- The 8th commandment refers to stealing; a problem that is wide-spread

-- Amos 8:4-6, “Hear this, you who trample the needy and do away with the poor of the land, saying, “When will the New Moon be over that we may sell grain, and the Sabbath be ended that we may market wheat?” - skimping on the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales, buying the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the sweepings with the wheat.

-- What this mean? Paul is referring to the greedy merchants eager for religious holiday to end to return to their wickedness

-- APP: In wickedness we require GRACE, and the Lord knows this

- The 7th commandment refers to adultery;

-- John 7:53 – 8:11 recounts the story of how Jesus was confronted by Pharisees

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