Romans Chapter 2-3
Two: God?s Righteousness Revealed in Judgment and Wrath
The Court of the Cosmos and who is on trial
God is the defendant
God?s righteousness by judgment and wrath
God?s wrath on those who suppress the truth of God?s eternal power and Godhead
God?s wrath on the Heathen/Pagan (?Immoral?)
Chapter 1 (v.32) left off with those who have gotten to a debased point and
knowing God?s judgment on the wickedness that they keep practicing, not only
keep doing it, but rejoice in those who do it with them.
God?s Judgment on the ?Moral?
The ?Moral? Judge
Condemns himself (2:1-3)
God is giving him time to repent (2:4) and the ?moralist? despises this gift
that God has given him.
Hardens his heart against God
Treasures wrath for himself (2:5)
In the day of wrath and the revealing of God?s righteous judgment
Introduced to God?s Judgment
By the continuation of good works
With either eternity or tribulation as the reward or penalty
For the Jews first then the Greeks (Gentiles)
The Jew: ?Moralist? and Law ?Keeper?
God shows no partiality (2:11)
His ?chosen? people under the law will be judged by that law, and those not
under the law will die without the law (2:12)
Law keeping is defined by those who keep the law verses those who hear the law:
Gentiles who keep the law have a law unto themselves because both get judged
by God through Jesus Christ according to the gospel Paul preaches(2:13-16)
Circumcision isn?t of the flesh but is of the Spirit (not Holy Spirit)?an inward
change verses outward because circumcision is perfect for law-keepers, but lawbreakers
have no place there. (2: 25-29)
Jew boasts in God dishonors God by breaking His law
Even the Gentiles blaspheme the name of God because of the Jew?s outward religion.
Advantage of the Jew
Many, but the chief advantage is that the oracles of God were committed to the
(1) Does this mean
that being God?s chosen people lets them be sinners that even with their unbelief
they?re still saved?
(a) Of course
not. Let God be proved true and all men be proved to be liars.
No benefit when it comes to salvation (3:9)
God?s Judgment on Humanity
Both Jews and Greeks (Gentiles) guilty (3: 9)
Both groups are under sin as previously charged (3: 9)
There is none righteous no not one, etc. (3:10-18)
Quoting: Ps. 14:1-3; 53:1-3; Eccl. 7:20; Ps. 5:9; 140:3; Ps 10:7; Prov 1:16;
Is 59:7,8; Ps. 36:1
Going through the condemned body parts of the man?condemned in his entirety?even
his mouth is like an open grave, putrid and foul.
Stops the mouth of man (3:19)
Makes all guilty before God (3:20)
Assures that by the deeds of the law, no flesh shall be justified ( 3:20)
Is the knowledge of sin (3:20)
Salvation doesn?t come by ignoring God
That path is strewn with imminent wrath
Salvation doesn?t come by being ?moral?
That path ends with heaped up wrath
Salvation doesn?t come by following the law
That path ends with judgment based on the law
Salvation doesn?t come by works
That path is littered with futility and destruction
The law points out sin
In the cosmic trial, God?s righteousness (regarding God?s Judgment)
is valid because all of us are unrighteous
Because we are unrighteous He must judge sin
No one is righteous no not one