And I’m not a millionaire!” So our conscience and our thoughts go back and forth, either condemning us or trying to defend us. That’s what Paul is describing. Finally, “… on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Jesus Christ.”. And, although occasionally they may do what is right, they all have sinned against what they know to be right. Commentary on Romans 2:17-24 (Read Romans 2:17-24) The apostle directs his discourse to the Jews, and shows of what sins they were guilty, notwithstanding their profession and vain pretensions. In Romans 2:26-27, Paul mentions the physically uncircumcised man who keeps the requirements of God’s Law. Justification is only through faith in Christ, apart from works (Rom. Five of John Piperâs sermons in particular have been tremendously helpful to me, stimulating not only my mind but also my heart. But, if there is no judgment for all sin, then there is no need for a Savior and thus no good news (Morris, p. 129; Spurgeon, p. 383). How can we make it more reliable? Their conscience was not reliable. But, while that is clear, there are reasons to argue that Paul is not talking here about hypothetical perfect obedience, which no one can do, but rather about a direction of obedience, which those who have been born of God’s Spirit do practice consistently. Paulâs great letter to the Romans ends with a doxology â a moment of praise. He described Himself as the judge of all! i. Audiobook review: This is a phenomenal exposition of the book of Romans by Pastor John Piper. I am teaching on Romans 12:1-2 in a Sunday morning bible study at my church. If not, what kind of judgment will you face when you stand before God? 16:27; John 5:22, 24-29). Spurgeon rightly argues (p. 384) that if we do not preach the coming judgment and wrath of God, we do not preach the gospel at all. One camp argues that verses 7, 10, and 13 are hypothetical. Fourth, this final judgment is according to Paul’s gospel. If you’ve talked with people about the gospel, you’ve heard the question, “Is God fair to judge those who have never heard about Jesus Christ?” Will they go to hell because they did not believe in Jesus when they never heard of Him? To recap, in answer to the objection that God’s judgment is unfair because He gave the Jews the Law, Paul says, “No, God will judge everyone by the light they have been given and sinned against. And every person has a conscience that condemns him when he violates what he knows to be wrong. Thus verse 13 (as also 2:7 & 10) is not talking about sinless perfection, but rather about direction. See Deu. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Romans: The Righteous Judgment of God [Zondervan], p. 174) says that many say they are not only the most difficult verses in Romans, but also in the whole of Scripture! The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. Some argue that Paul is referring here to saved Gentiles who obey the Law and thus are justified. We can impress them with our knowledge of the Bible or our prayers or religiosity. This is the circumcision that is not made with hands, Col. 2:11, Col. 2:12. View the entire commentary, No forms, ordinances, or notions can profit, without regenerating grace, which will always lead to seeking an interest in the righteousness of God by faith... It is not infallible in that it needs to be informed by Scripture, not just by what our culture may think is right or wrong, or by what we may instinctively feel is right or wrong. Rather, when he says that “the work of the Law [is] written on their hearts,” he probably means, what the Law does, namely, teaching the difference between right and wrong (H. C. G. Moule, The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges [Cambridge University Press, 1903], p. 71). They all hold to a standard of behavior that they expect others to hold to also. Rather, he is describing those who will be justified by God on judgment day. “… for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified.”, Paul again uses “for” (see also, 2:11, 12, and 14) to show that he is explaining or proving what he has just said. Web Page by John Piper. Paul is referring to the fact that almost all cultures believe that murder, stealing, rape, assault, etc. Woe to you, Bethsaida! 17ff.] It is that which is inward, of the heart, and in the spirit. Second, on that day, God will judge the secrets of everyone. Chapter Introduction Some things are to be observed of all the epistles, before we come to the particular epistles. Like many of the newer contributions to the NICNT series, this commentary on Romans engages the Greek text, making exegetical observations primarily in the footnotes. 179-204; and, John Piper, “There is no Partiality with God” [part 2], on desiringgod.org.). Rather, he is pointing out the obvious fact that even pagans, who have had no exposure to God’s revealed Law, have a built-in sense of right and wrong that coincides with God’s Law. No one can earn right standing before God by good works. In the video below, Pastor John Piper recites two of the most glorious passages in all of Scripture (Romans 5:1-8 and Romans 8) from memory. (In defending this interpretation, I have relied on Frederic Godet, Commentary on Romans [Kregel], pp. I find that too many of these notes are simply the Greek word. 2 Now we know that Godâs judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. Mooâs commentary on Romans is massive, just a bit over 1000 pages. Those who disobey God’s Word will be condemned and go to hell. Such a doctor would be a murderer. So far, the top commentaries I looked lean toward Calvinism. Again, many commentators understand Paul here to be speaking hypothetically, in that no one is able to keep God’s Law perfectly or to earn salvation by good works. From 1977-1992 he was the pastor of Lake Gregory Community Church in Crestline, California. With the Gentiles, not having the Law is no excuse. Paul is not saying that the Gentiles instinctively know all of the stipulations of the Mosaic Law. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture Quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition © The Lockman Foundation, Related Topics: Hamartiology (Sin), Soteriology (Salvation), Steve served as the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through his retirement in December, 2018. From His mouth comes a sharp sword to strike down the nations. There are two main views, going back into the verses that we covered in 2:6-11. I’ve done the best that I could with what I knew. There are several things that we should not miss in verse 16 (C. H. Spurgeon, Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit [Pilgrim Publications], 31:373-384, has an excellent sermon, “Coming Judgment of the Secrets of Men,” from which I modified these points). (Lord willing, Part 2: Chapters 9-16 coming soon). Only those who do God’s Law will be acquitted or justified on judgment day.”. was a ground-breaking work when first written, and today it is still highly valued for its scholarship. “Woe to you, Chorazin! 3:20). If we believe that, we’d better be ready! As we saw last time (and will see again today), we can only live in obedience to God if we have experienced the new birth through faith in Christ. At first glance, this doesn’t sound like good news! For Christ to sit in judgment on the secrets of all men, He must have infinite knowledge, which only God can have (Charles Hodge, Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans [Eerdmans], p. 58). But don’t let this be a fascinating brain-teaser without applying it: How much light have you received? They obey God’s Word as a way of life. Unless Jesus was a liar or mistaken, that day is coming (Matt. Those who witnessed Jesus’ miracles and yet rejected Him will be judged more harshly than those in Tyre, Sidon, and Sodom, who never heard about Jesus. They instinctively know what is right and wrong and they all have violated what they know to be right, as their consciences affirm. God has fixed the day (Acts 17:31). Romans 2:13: Is Paul Coherent? 1. So, Paul’s argument thus far is that God is not partial to the Jews by giving them the Law, because He will judge everyone based on the light that they were given (2:12); and, hearing the Law only does not justify anyone; we must be doers of the Law (2:13). The Final Divide Eternal Life or Eternal Wrath, Part 2. They are doers of the Law. But whatever they may think of themselves, the day is coming when God will judge not only outward deeds, but also the secrets of men through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the gospel (2:16). So if that isn’t your image of Jesus, you need to change your thinking! John and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four married children: Matt, Marcy, Mark, and Melinda. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. But that is not necessary. Also, this means that if you have a picture in your mind of Jesus as being all-loving and never judgmental, then you do not have the biblical picture of Jesus. The Gentiles who sinned without the Law will perish, which refers to eternal condemnation. But no one is able to do it, so no one can be justified by keeping God’s Law (Rom. cit. 31:33; Heb. Why/why not? The Epistle to the Romans (2 vols.) So God can’t be accused of partiality. What is brain-boggling is that Jesus knew how the pagans in those cities would have responded if they had witnessed His miracles. It is the heart that God looks at, the circumcising of the heart that renders us acceptable to him. These Jews were condemning everybody, but they were living a lifestyle that was worthy of death and destined for judgment. In other words, as verse 6 stated, God “will render to each person according to his deeds.” Hearing the Law isn’t good enough; you must be a doer of the Law (2:13). The Jews, who received God’s Law, will be judged by that Law. John Piper contorts the meaning of Romans 13 December 24, 2015 August 2, 2020 LibertyEconomics John Piper, who has done some great work rebutting Word-Faith doctrine, takes a position on guns and the state that I believe is inconsistent with Scripture. Paul is saying that the gospel he preached was in complete harmony with the solemn truth that God will judge the secrets of men. Thus they tie verse 16 back either to verse 12 or verse 13. 2:8-10). (There is widespread scholarly opinion that Paul did not write these verses; however, the person who did and the editor who placed them near the end of the letter [commentaries cite the various placements of the doxology] clearly presumed that â¦ Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 16:25-27" Copyright, Steven J. Cole, 2010, All Rights Reserved. For there is no partiality with God. Nov 29, 1998. He hopes to heal him without his knowing that he was sick. Romans 12:3-8 - Using Our Gifts in Proportion to Our Faith, Part 3 Web Page by John Piper Studies in Romans 12: The Christian's Sacrifice and Service of Praise We can put on a pretty good show towards others. The Jews thought themselves a holy people, entitled to their privileges by right, while they were unthankful, rebellious, and unrighteous... He knows the lustful glance that no one else sees. Because (as we saw last week) this is the consistent teaching of all of Scripture, Paul is not talking here about something hypothetical. John Piper devoted an entire sermon on these verses to answer the â¦ Web Page by John Piper. 30:6. We are not saved on the basis of our good deeds, but our good deeds necessarily show the validity of our faith (James 2:18-26). The issue is, doing it. PDF by Lee Irons. Hearing the Law doesn’t put you in God’s favor ahead of the Gentiles, who have not heard the Law. Editorâs Note: The following sermon was preached by John Piper at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on March 14, 1999. The Failure of Religion. Whether a person had God’s Law or not, he will stand guilty before God on that day. 8:10). 4:4-5). Another Look at Romans 2. His line of reasoning goes like this: The Gentile sinned without the Law, so he will perish without the Law. And so are we, if we do not warn people about God’s impartial, certain judgment of our every secret, and then point them to the good news that Christ offers forgiveness to repentant sinners as their only hope. ; Schreiner, The Law and Its Fulfillment [Baker], pp. The word for "another" is the word heteros. Treating others as you want to be treated, obeying just laws, and loving your mate and your children are right. But, there is a problem: Even though we all have this built-in sense of right and wrong, we all have violated our own standards. are wrong. Part 2. Casting away the body of sin. Although the Gentiles did not have God’s Law, they all have an inner sense of right and wrong (2:14). “For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, …”. ... Scripture: Romans 2:6â10. We have to wait until verses 14 & 15 to answer the question, “How could the Gentiles be guilty of sin if they didn’t have the standard of God’s Law to live by?” But the point of verse 12 is that God will judge every person, Gentile or Jew, according to their response to the light that they were given. Third, when God judges the secrets of men, it will be through Christ Jesus. Commentaries for Romans Chapter 2 The Jews could not be justified by the law of Moses, any more than the Gentiles by the law of nature. The conscience is not an infallible guide, but we should never go against our conscience. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. As Spurgeon put it (ibid. ), “With deep love to the souls of men, I bear witness to the truth that he who turns not with repentance and faith to Christ, shall go away into punishment as everlasting as the life of the righteous.” We need to understand the bad news of judgment in order to appreciate the good news of salvation through faith in Christ. Should we ever go against our conscience? The Jew sinned under the Law and so he will be judged by the Law (2:12). Let’s trace Paul’s argument verse by verse: “For all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law.”. So he flatters him that he is well and the man refuses the cure. Part 1 of this eBook contains 158 Expositional Sermons (sermon manuscripts) on Paul's Epistle to the Romans chapters 1-8, by John Piper. Why is it important to emphasize that God will judge our secrets (2:16)? ... Sermon Manuscripts and Commentaries. If you ever need a motivation to memorize Scripture, seeing Dr. Piperâs passion for God and His Word will hopefully drive you to feed your soul with the Word of God. Nothing will escape His penetrating gaze on judgment day. COMMENTARY ON ROMANS 8:28-39. Thus while we are saved by faith alone, we will be judged by our works. But God knows every secret thought we have and private sin that we do. These verses are not easy to interpret and so godly scholars differ on many issues. John Piper Nov 22, 1998 109 Shares Sermon. The gospel does not offer you the option of going on in your sin or shrugging it off as if it will not come under judgment if you do not repent. 28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. A person’s works reveal the reality of his faith. They will spend eternity in hell for their sins. C. S. Lewis opens his argument in Mere Christianity [Macmillan, pp. Works are the inevitable and essential proof of saving faith (Eph. Paul is not saying that a person earns justification by obedience. View the entire commentary, New International Version (NIV), Gain a concise, fundamental grasp of what the Bible is all about with our new, Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible, Romans: A Bible Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition, 1, 2, 3 John, The Crossway Classic Commentaries. Drop at verse 28"There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. 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