Scripture Reading: Romans 2:1-29
When we think of judgment, we often think about our Nations’ form of judicial laws and procedures which are at best flawed. There are just too many ways in which a criminal can either avoid or escape punishment and often times the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. Compare this to the judgment of God in which the punishment has already been established; the Judge is a righteous judge, and there is no escaping from what we have done. Another difference is that we have an advocate in Christ, who knows our hearts and minds, and if we have followed Him, He will speak for us. The judgment of God is perfect.
- Other than through race or religion, what other bases do we use to judge other people? Are any of these comparable to the way that we would want either them or God to judge us (Romans 2:1)?
- Using Romans 2:1-4 as a basis, how do people reveal both an understanding and a misunderstanding of God’s judgment when they are judgmental of others? What is the standard of God’s judgment?
- Based upon Romans 2:4, why could God’s kindness possibly lead people to be either repentant or presumptuous?
- Romans 2:5-16 describe a future day of judgment known as the “the day of God’s wrath” (Romans 2:5). How will man be judged on that day? Distinguish between the rewards of the redeemed and the penalties of the unredeemed? Is this a fair judgment for all?
- What standards does God use to judge, based upon Romans 2:12-16. How are they similar to each group? How are they different for each group?
- In Romans 2:17-20 Paul focuses his attention on a hypocritical Jew. How does such a person view himself and others? Is knowledge of the law sufficient for salvation?
- In Romans 2:21-22 of what moral and spiritual hypocrisy were the Jews guilty?
- How has religious hypocrisy hurt the Christian world today? Give some specific examples of such hypocrisy?
- Jews placed great value on circumcision as a visible sign of being God’s people. How had some of them placed more importance on the practice than what it was intended to represent? Do we today treat visible signs such as baptism, confession, membership, etc. in the same manner?
- What is the true definition of a Jew, based upon Romans 2:28-29?