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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Romans Chapter 2 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Paul
Date Penned: (57 AD)
Overview: What to Believe (c 1-11)
Theme: Sinfulness of Humanity (c 1-3)
Message: God's Law and Sin (v 1-29)

Romans 2 Commentary

(2:1-16) God's Judgment of Sin - Having painted in large strokes the fate of humankind apart from God, Paul abruptly switches his attention to a new audience. He shapes his next thoughts in a style used widely at that time, called the diatribe. In a diatribe, the writer verbally attacks and attempts to destroy the ideas of the opposition. The anticipated questions or objections of the opposition are expressed or noted and then answered or refuted. Paul probably did not have an individual, but a character type in mind as he began his diatribe.

(2:17-29) The Jews and the Law - Paul knew that among those in Rome who would vigorously agree with his first chapter, there would be legalistic Jews, proud of their heritage as God’s chosen people. But their agreement with his case would surely turn to anger as they realized that they were being included in the judgment, as equal members in the fallen human race. Possessing God’s law increased both privilege and responsibility. Because these Jews knew more, they were expected to do more. At first they thought they were Paul’s allies, but suddenly they were confronted by him.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

The Goodness of God

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Romans with Chapter 2. In our text today we see Paul expounds on God's Judgment of Sin and God's law being broken as he lays out the Romans road of how a person can be saved. What catches my eye is verse 4 which states the goodness of God leadeth us to repentance. In making application I wonder how others can reject the convicting power of the Holy Spirit knowing the goodness of God. If we look at how good our God is to us, and how much He loves us, it is hard to not turn from our sin. How about you? Do you see how good God is? Let us learn from our text today and the the words of Paul to see that Goodness of God leadeth us to repentance.  


Romans 2

Romans 2

 1Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

 2But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

 3And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

 4Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

 5But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

 6Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

 7To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

 8But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

 9Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

 10But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

 11For there is no respect of persons with God.

 12For 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;

 13(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

 14For 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:

 15Which 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;)

 16In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

 17Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,

 18And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;

 19And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,

 20An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.

 21Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

 22Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?

 23Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?

 24For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.

 25For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.

 26Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?

 27And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?

 28For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

 29But 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.