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Chapter 2

Romans 2 Commentary

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Romans 2:1-2 meaning

When we judge and condemn others for sins that we are also committing, God sees that and will judge us accordingly.

Romans 2:3-4 meaning

Paul is reminding the audience that God’s judgment cannot be avoided, both for the good and the bad things we do. When we pass judgment on others for things we are also guilty of, we are incurring God’s judgment on that action.

Romans 2:5-6 meaning

The further we go without repenting and turning to God, the more wrath is in store for us

Romans 2:7 meaning

God’s rewards in heaven await believers who seek to walk with Him and pursue His will.

Romans 2:8 meaning

God’s judgment comes for both the good and the bad things we do on this earth. For the believer, this is not a judgment related to heaven and hell, but concerns our place in heaven/the new earth based on how we lived and pursued righteousness on the present earth.

Romans 2:9-11 meaning

As believers, we have the choice to follow God and pursue His will, thus storing rewards, glory, and honor for us in heaven. Or, we can do the opposite and incur tribulation and distress on our soul.

Romans 2:12-13 meaning

If someone depends on the law, they will be judged by the law. So, disobedience of the law (sin, which we all do) will bring us condemnation under the law.

Romans 2:14-16 meaning

When people without knowledge of the scripture follow the teaching of scripture, it validates that God has written His law within the heart of man.

Romans 2:17-21 meaning

Paul is pointing out the hypocrisy of those who teach the law but do not obey it.

Romans 2:22-24 meaning

The hypocrisy of those who teach the law, but do not follow it themselves, not only dishonors God, but it also harms the witness of God and His word. The competing Jewish “authorities” who assert that the Roman believers should be following the law are, in truth, sinful hypocrites who judge others for actions they themselves also do. Therefore they should not be listened to.

Romans 2:25-27 meaning

Just and righteous living comes through living by faith. The Jewish people, who break the law and are circumcised, are the same as those who are uncircumcised. Circumcision is of no value if you do not keep the law.

Romans 2:28-29 meaning

Just because someone appears to be following God outwardly, through physical circumcision and other outward actions, that does not mean that he or she is following God and pursuing righteous living. True righteousness occurs from the inside out.