|Romans 2:9-167 |
9 Affliction and distress upon every soul of man who does evil [sins], of the Jew first and also of the Gentile; [Take notice again! There is still evil. Sin still exists. The law defines sin and evil, so there is still law. Every man has the moral law written in their hearts, by which God will judge all men the same, Rom 2:6 above, Rom 2:8-16 below; God shows no partiality to any man. Rom 2:11 below. Every man who continues to sin will have fury, indignation, wrath, distress, and affliction from God; every man includes those who believe in Jesus. Every man will be judged by their deeds (verse 6 above), be they evil or good! Jesus is not your free pass out of Hell. Wake up, you who would name yourselves Christians; you have been totally lied to by vicious wolves in sheep's clothing, whom Jesus and Paul both warned us about.]
10 But glory, honor, and peace, are to every man who works good,3 to the Jew first and also to the Gentile; [In order to protect their make-believe Christianity, Christendom deliberately ignores this verse and many others; they ignore the distinction between works of the law and good works, energized and motivated by obedient faith; such works are essential. Works of the law count for nothing. Works of the law are the cereal offering, the lamb offering, the bull offering, washings, not eating certain foods, circumcision, tithing, sabbaths, celebration of days, festivals, etc.; these are dead works of the law, decided when to be done by the carnal mind and will of man. Good works are works of loving obedience to what God orders you do do. The first of works you will be ordered to do are works of repentance; when finished, your works show the righteousness and love of God to the world.]
11 For there is no respect of persons with God. [There is no partiality shown to any man for any reason by God; all men are judged by their works.]
12 For all [the non-Jews] who sin* without the law will also perish without the law; and all [the Jews] who sin under the law will be judged by the law; [Paul is telling us we must become free of sin before we die, or we will perish; to become free of sin is the gospel of Jesus Christ — go to all nations and preach repentance with release from the bondage (remission) of sin. Paul is writing to very mature Christians in Rome. Paul is telling Christians that if they sin, they will perish. All who sin, (continue to sin), will perish — all means all, even those who believe in Jesus. The only way you can escape the consequences of sin is by following the moral commandments of the law, denying yourself, and picking up your cross to follow Jesus every day. If you do, you will not perish; instead you will have the life of God that is without beginning or end, and you will become free of sin to enter the Kingdom of God to be in union with God, while on earth and then forever.
13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are justified before God, but the doers of the law [the obedient] who will be justified. [Paul is telling us all that if we are not obedient to law, we will not be acceptable to God; even the Gentiles, (non-Jews), without the law of Moses, will be judged by their obedience to the moral law written in all men's hearts and consciences. They will be judged by the record kept in their conscience of their thoughts, which accuse or excuse them.]
14 For when the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do [obey] by instinct the things contained in the law, these men who do not have the law, are a law to themselves.
15 Who show the work of the law written in their hearts, and their conscience also bears witness; while their thoughts accuse or else excuse them.4 [This law is written on every man's heart. It makes us feel bad when we lie or steal. This law includes the external moral laws: do not steal, do not lie, do not covet, do not murder, do not commit adultery, (and all sexual immorality), honor your parents, do unto others as you would have them do to you, etc. Every man will be judged by God according to the inner law; no man is excused from this law for any reason, and it has never been annulled or cancelled. The law has dominion over a man as long as he lives, Rom 7:1; the inner law on the heart of every man, which includes moral core of the outward law, is our schoolmaster until we have crucified our sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial. The inner law's moral laws exceed the external, Mosaic moral laws for as Jesus said, he came to fulfill the law; and then He told us how it was to be strengthened, which the inner law reflects. This strengthened inner law can be understood to have been violated anytime you exhibit a fruit of the flesh, which includes: sexual immorality, uncleanness, covetousness, filthiness, foolish talking, jesting, profanity, adultery, lack of restraint, sorcery, hatred, arguments, jealousies, rage, selfish ambition, divisiveness, envies, murders, drunkenness, revelries (partying), evil thoughts, fornications, wickedness, deceit, blasphemy, pride, anger, boasting, flattery, immodesty, immorality, and foolishness. Any of these disqualify all men from heaven. From the Word of the Lord within: "The law is in every man's heart, and it must be obeyed; the supreme law — never been cancelled. You cannot pass the moral commandments and be a Christian. You must have a devotion to the law that is on every man's heart; you must listen; and you must obey. Be on your guard at all times to be sure your words do not reflect the fruits of the flesh."]
16 All this occurs in the day when God will judge the secrets of men's hearts by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.
17 Behold, you are called a Jew, and rest in the law, and make your boast of God,
18 And know his will, and approve the things that are more excellent, being instructed from the law;
19 And are confident 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 babes, who have the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.
21 Therefore you who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal?
22 You who say a man should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you commit sacrilege?
23 You who make your boast of the law, have you dishonored God, through breaking the law?
24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the heathen through you, as it is written.
25 For circumcision is truly profitable, if you keep the law; but if you are a breaker of the law, your circumcision is made uncircumcision.
26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, will not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
27 And will not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfills the law, judge you, who by the letter and circumcision transgress the law?
28 For he is not a Jew, who is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh;
29 But he is a Jew, who is one inwardly; and the circumcision is that of the heart, by the Spirit,5 and not by the letter; whose praise is not from men, but from God. [The Spirit circumcises your heart, cutting away the sins as you wait on God to receive his grace that both charges sin and then removes sin, purifying a peculiar people zealous for good works. Reading about sin in the Bible does not remove the desire for sin from your heart; only the Spirit does that.]
5 But he is a Jew, who is one inwardly; and the circumcision is that of the heart, by the Spirit, and not by the letter .. but from God. Here Paul tells us that we must experience the circumcision of the heart, performed by the Holy Spirit, not by reading about Jesus and his commands, but by remaining in the spirit to receive his changing grace. This is done by silently listening, hearing, and obeying the teachings and commands heard from within your heart. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Rom 8:13. Further, so kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry. Col 3:5. Further, By mercy and love, truth and fidelity, iniquity is purged out of the heart. Pro 16:6. And purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump. 1 Cor 5:7. You must go to him. You must wait on him — listen silently, with the humility of a sinner in need of his changing power — grace. So we go to God and sit in humble silence to wait on Him, as we watch, listen, hear, obey... wait, watch, listen, hear, obey..... seek, listen, obey. You must endure to the end, when Christ brings salvation.
Isaac Penington speaks of experiencing the circumcision of his heart in his writing, The Holy Truth Defended:
"For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh." It is a precious thing to witness this scripture fulfilled in the heart; to experience that there, which inwardly circumcises, which cuts off the foreskin of the heart, which lies over it and veils it, until it is cut off by the inward appearance of the life and power of the Lord Jesus Christ inwardly revealed. Then when this is done, I can truly and sensibly say, I am a Jew inward. How so? How can that is proved? Why, I am inwardly circumcised. I have felt that within which circumcises the heart, and have borne the inward pain and cutting thereof, and am circumcised by it. That which stood between me and the Lord is cut off, the veil has been taken away, my stiff-necked and rebellious nature to God removed, the wall of separation is inwardly broken down, and now I am in true unity of Spirit and communion with my God, even with the Father, and the Son, in that One Holy Spirit by which they are One.