ROMANS 2:17-25

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Sunday Morning: March 27, 2005

Text: Read Romans 2:17-25

THE OUTWARD APPEARANCE

Romans 2:17-20Behold, thou art called [named] a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God, 18 And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law; 19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, 20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes (unlearned), which hast the form [outward appearance] of knowledge and of the truth in the law.

LEGACY OF THE JEW

Romans 9:4-5Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;5.Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

ISRAEL GAVE US THE WORD

Psalms 147:19-20He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. 20.He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.

KEEPING THE LAW

Luke 17:10So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

LAW BUT NO FAITH

Hebrews 4:2For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

RED SEA AND JERICHO

Hebrews 11:28-30Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.29.By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.

†††† NO FAITH IN BETWEEN

†††† 30.By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.

THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH

Hebrews 10:38Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back (faith), my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

FAITH PLEASES GOD

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

BEING JUST AND LIVING BY FAITH

Romans 1:17For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

HYPOCRITES

Romans 2:21-24Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?22.Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege? (spirit of idolatry, holding down truth)23.Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?24.For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.

HOLDING DOWN THE TRUTH

Romans 1:18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

CONDEMNING THEMSELVES

Romans 2:1-3Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.2.But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.3.And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

THE HEART IS NOT RIGHT

Matthew 15:7-8Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,8.This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

THEY BOAST OF THE LAW

Romans 2:23-25Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?24.For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.25.For circumcision (outward testimony of faith) verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision (hypocrisy) is made uncircumcision (no testimony).

CIRCUMCISION, OUTWARD SIGN

Romans 4:8-13Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute [reckon] sin.9.Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned [imputed] to Abraham for righteousness.10.How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.11.And he received the sign (outward sign) of circumcision, a seal (outward sign) of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe [present active], though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed [reckoned] unto them also:12.And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.13.For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law (being just alone), but through the righteousness of faith (being just and living by faith).

GODíS COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM

Genesis 17:7-11And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.8.And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.9.And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.10.This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.11.And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token (outward sign of the righteousness which is by faith, Rom 4) )of the covenant betwixt me and you.

CIRCUMCISION OF THE HEART

Romans 2:29But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

CUT AWAY THE FLESH

Deuteronomy 10:16-17Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.

WHY?

17.For the LORD your God is God [a judge] of gods [judges], and Lord of lords (in authority), a great God [judge], a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward [that will blind a judge] :

CUT A WAY THE FLESH IN OUR LIVES

Galatians 5:19-21Now the works of the flesh (that comes from an uncircumcised heart) are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,20.Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,21.Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.