Letter to Christians in Rome: Chapter 2 (pt 3 of 5)

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In the last post, we saw how the Lord will “render to every man according to his works . . .” or as Clarence Jordan wrote, “For a man’s face cuts no ice with God . . .”

But then the Jew comes in and says, “What about me? After all, I am a Jew and have certain advantages before God.” Paul examines this claim and shows that the Jew is in exactly the same boat as the others. Despite his advantages; he is filled with the same kind of heart-enmity as the others. So Paul’s conclusion is that mankind stands, without exception, in need of a Redeemer.

. . . all who have sinned without knowledge of the Law will die without reference of the Law: and all who have sinned knowing the Law shall be judged according to the Law —Romans 2:12

Did you catch that? Read it again . . . That kind of answers the question many throw out at you: “What about all those who never heard about Jesus?” Well, Paul says, “all who have never heard the Law, will die without any reference to the Law.”

Also many get confused on this point. The Holy Spirit never condemns or convicts you of sin. Oh? No, your own human spirit does that. Later in this text, Paul asks who is it that condemns? “Does God condemn? No, it is God who justifies.” In John 16:7-9, Jesus is reported as saying the only sin the Holy Spirit will convict the world of is the sin of rejecting him. It is your own conscience—the voice of your own spirit—that knows when you have done wrong.

I have found that even when I do wrong, though my spirit condemns me, the Holy Spirit is there to comfort me, to help me, to show me the way back. You will never read in the Bible where the Holy Spirit is a condemner. Jesus called Him the Comforter. The seven-fold meaning of that word from the Greek is brought out in the Amplified Bible: “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Strengthener and Standby) that He may remain with you forever.” —John 14:16 Amplified. When I use profanity, look at something erotic or I am rude and inconsiderate to someone, I know that on the inside it is wrong. What is it that condemned me? The Holy Spirt? No. Is it God? No. It is my own spirit.

If interested, you can download the entire study of The Letter to Christians at Rome


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