A Study of Romans 2 NKJV will be used with occasional NLT for optional translation in green. Commentary will be in blue. We just left Romans 1 discussing those God has given up to the depravity of selfishness because they reject God. Verse: 1 Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. (Now Paul's inspiration turns the tables on those who may be thinking, "Well I'm not like those terrible people!". Just like Jesus' parable in Luke 18:9-14 of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. Measuring ourselves against other people, thinking we are doing better than them, makes us just like the Pharisee. Paul expounds on this in Philippians 2 -"let each esteem others better than himself." Also verse 1 links with Matthew 7 where Jesus gives the direction to not judge, because you will be judged with what you judge, and why do you worry about the speck in your brother's eye when you have a plank in yours? This is a strong theme for Christians. Yet hard to follow.) 2 But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. (So don't worry about it, let God handle it. Concentrate on the transformation of their souls.) 3 And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? (We seem to forget that we have done wrong also.) 4 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? (Do we really want God to stop being good? We get the "David" syndrome of, be patient with me, but let my enemies have Your wrath. I will tell of Your goodness and mercy, but let my adversaries get what they deserve. I think we all come to this place from time to time. But we need to hope for the lost to come home and celebrate when they do.) 5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, NLT 5 But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. (We must soften our hearts and be ready to love. We will be judged as we have judged.) 6 who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: (We will receive our wages.) 7 eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; (What do we make of this? Eternal life is what we receive for believing, saved by grace thru faith. Are these attributes of faith? I would say so. Later in Romans, Paul goes into what saves us and grants us eternal life. So this must be in the same vein as the surrounding text, that Paul is listing attributes of the deeds all of us commit to. Faith is not a deed inasmuch as it produces deeds. So working faith is a faith which produces good fruits in deeds. What is being discussed is not whether faith is present, but just isolating the idea of payment, wages, or recompense for our deeds whether saved or not.) 8 but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, 9 tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; (These must be those not saved and have no faith in God. But this does say on every soul of man who does evil. This warning on self-seeking must be drilled into us. Every time we venture into selfish desires, we put ourselves in dangerous territory. This self-seeking drives God away from us. I do not think being saved keeps us from falling into this realm of evil and the wages to be received.) 10 but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God. (God does not have favorites. All who believe become His children. Jesus' blood signs our adoption papers. Why not have faith in Jesus? How arrogant must one be to reject the grace which is waiting for you? Praise be to God for His grace, patiently waiting for us, suffering long, hoping we return to Him and enjoy the glory, honor and peace He has for us. What is the downside? That He knows better for us than we do? Are we such control freaks that we must maintain our own way? Lay that burden down. Please respond with what is laid upon your heart.