Romans 2:17–29 (ESV)
God’s Judgement and the Law (Part 2)
17 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God 18 and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; 19 and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the
blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21 you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you
steal? 22 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law. 24 For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles
because of you.”
25 For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision. 26 So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision
be regarded as circumcision? 27 Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the law. 28 For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical.
29 But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.
Yesterday, I said that we all fall short of the law and we are all sinners. Paul hammers this point home. If you live by the law and rely on the law... well the law will take you down. As I might have pointed out the other day
(I know I did in last Sunday’s Sermon), it is easy to become proud in the law. I try to drive the speed limit. I actually take pride in my driving the speed limit. I set the ole cruise control on the speed limit, not a nickel or a dime over. I drove back
to Waco, TX and back by adhering to the law. Except... The speed zone sign changed on me outside of Tyler, TX and I got a ticket for going 75 in a 70 zone. The speed change had happened about a mile and a half back. I plead guilty. Even when I try... I
fall short. Well, this is only one aspect of the law! Let’s talk about loving your neighbor as yourself, and loving your enemies. Let’s talk about gossip. Let’s talk about how we treat others. I quickly find myself falling flat on my face. I don’t measure
up. I don’t want people watching me as a guide and standard. We all fall short. I am guilty. I need help from outside of my self... and that comes from Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection. He forgives me and he forgives you.
I pray: Lord, help me in my daily walk, to walk according to your will, but surrounded by your grace and mercy. I repent of my sins and beg for your mercy. I give thanks for everything that you did for me on the cross.
You are my Lord and Savior. Amen.