Romans Week 4: Day 4

Read Romans 2:1-16 focusing on verses 14-15

 

The over-arching message of this chapter is clear: God does not favor any part of humanity over another. 

 

Explore

What questions arise for you when reading this passage?

What could it mean that “the requirements of the law are written on their hearts”? Two conclusions are often made of this passage:

 

a.     We are all without excuse because we have all sinned against a moral law that is intrinsic to all humans.  The problem is that sinful humans suppress the truth of God in whatever form it comes, whether it be an intrinsic moral code or a more extrinsic source like God’s word.   

b.     The law is written only on the heart of believers by the Spirit. This is the regenerative work of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life and means that both Jew and Gentile share the same status in Christ. 

 

Read Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Hebrews 10:15-17

 

Do these passages help us to understand Romans 2:14-15?

 

God has formed a new covenant, not just with the Jews but with all of humanity.  Instead of writing this new covenant down on tablets or paper he has eternally written it on the hearts of all believers. 

 

Apply

What confidence can you have because God’s ‘law’ is written on your heart? 

How can you live in of this confidence? 

 

Pray

For continued appreciation of, and devotion to, God’s word.

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