Thursday, February 13, 2014

60IN60 Day 39 - Thurs Feb 13

It's Day 39 and we're in Romans 3.

Where God Spoke To Me:
- Verse 20 - The rules don't get us closer to God - they just help us realize how far away from Him we are.

- Verse 8 - Some twist the truth to argue that if we are saved by grace then we should sin more so there will be more of a chance for grace.  It's a complete misunderstanding of the offer.
- Verses 20-23 - The Law helps us to understand how far away from God we are.  It can't save us.
- Verse 25 - "propitiation" - An old word referring to the idea of God's wrath toward sin being satisfied in the death of Christ.

If you want to read the chapter online, here's a link.

If you have a question or comment, email me at

Your Questions and Comments:
- "This chapter is still a mystery to me.  I understand the point that we cannot stand behind the law or our membership of a certain church.  But V. 26 really sticks out:

So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? (Romans 2:26 ESV)

Would you say that this stands only in this context, "you do not have to be a Jew to follow Christ"?  Or, is there a more broad application?  Maybe what I am asking, is this chapter and verse the Hope for all the noble souls throughout history who never had a chance to hear the Gospel?"
- I do think that's a significant point of what's in mind in chapter 2.  I think verses 12-16 are more direct on that.  Those who have not been exposed to the Law of God will not be judged by the Law.  This is essential to the fairness of Final Judgment.  To have someone judged by something they had no chance of knowing would be intrinsically unfair.  Obviously, having heard the story of Jesus I think makes it a lot clearer where God is coming from and what His intent is, but even then there is both opportunity and responsibility in that.  If I hear it and don't receive it, I am in danger of a harsher judgment.

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