Do You Think God Will Show You Partiality ?

Walking Through Romans

“In Need of a Savior”

This post goes along with the lessons posted at the end of this writing!

Week-6 Day-2

Have you ever met someone who because they were rich and came from a certain family line thought they were entitled to special treatment? Some people think because of the knowledge they posses  or because they hold a high position in a company that they are deserving of privileges. Parents deserve honor and respect from their children. Bosses and those who hold places of authority do deserve it as well. Those who are mature in age deserve our honor and respect. The Bible is clear, these positions are deserving of respect and honor. But, there is a difference in getting honor and respect  and expecting to be treated a certain way because of status.

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As we begin to look at Romans 2:11-17 we will see that Paul dealt with this same mind-set even in his day. Nothing new under the sun, right! In the context of these verses he will deal with the Jew who boasted in the fact that they were given the “Written Law” of God. I would venture to say that they felt like God was partial to them, after all they were His chosen people! They were probably thinking, there must have been something pretty special about us!” God will judge us according to who we are.

Paul will deal with the Gentile as well. They may have felt they were not deserving of His wrath and punishment since he had not given them the Written Law. They may have been thinking God will show us partiality since we have no idea what His written Law is about.

Paul says in Romans 2:11 that God shows no partiality. The word in the Greek text literally means: Face taking. The idea is looking to see who someone is before deciding how to treat them. Judging by appearance and on this basis giving special favor and respect. God’s judgment does not rest on who you are or who you are not. God’s judgment does not rest on the fact that you know the Law or do not know the Law. God’s judgment rests on the fact that not one person Keeps his Law.

For there is no partiality with God

“For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law.” Romans 2:12

The main point of the text is, “Sinned” For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23.

Jew: If you sinned under the Law you will be judged by the Law. You knew the Law, the Law was given to you through Moses. you knew what the law required and you were not obedient to it. You will be judged by it.

Gentile: If you sinned without the Law, (The Written Law) you will perish without the Law. Perish in this context means to be eternally ruined not loss of existence. Eternity is for ever and ever, the soul will never die.

“For it is not the hearers of the law who are just before God but the doers  of the Law will be justified.Romans 2:13

This verse is NOT teaching a works based salvation. To say that concerning this verse is to do away with what the rest of scripture teaches. As Bible study students and Berean’s of the word, we must keep the surrounding Scripture in context. If we do not, we will be building a false foundation. Eventually that foundation will crumble and we will fall.

This Scripture is addressing the Jews who knew the Law and had it read to them in their homes and the synagogues. They heard it with their ears but not with the heart.

My mind is also drawn to those who sit in a church pew every Sunday morning, they hear the word Sunday after Sunday but there is no fruit during the week. It is just a Sunday morning thing! Read the words of Christ:

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord,’ did we not prophesy in Your name, and in your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?” “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:21-25

Salvation is not by works. Going to synagogue or to your home church merely listening to the word does not save you. That is a work, a dead work.

You are condemning yourself

Gentiles you are condemning yourselves. How is it that we are condemning ourselves?

  1. You did not have the Written Law, yet you do instinctively the things of the Law.
  2. You did not have the written Law ,yet, you are a Law to yourselves. You know what is right and you know what is wrong.
  3. You show that the Law is written on your hearts because your conscience witnesses against you.
  4. Your thoughts accuse you or defend you in the matter of right or wrong.

You have condemned yourself! You are without excuse. According to the gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ. God knows each and every heart. There is nothing hidden from His sight. According to the Scriptures all men stand condemned before God. Jeremiah says, “our heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately wicked.” Jeremiah 17:9

Jew, you are condemning yourself. How am I condemning myself?

  1. You bear the name Jew, you rely upon the Law and boast in God.
  2. You know His will  and you approve the things that are essential. You agree with the Law
  3. You have confidence in yourself that you are a guide to the blind, and a light to those who are in darkness
  4. You are a corrector of the foolish, a teacher to the immature.
  5. You have the Law that gives knowledge of the truth

Yet

  1. You teach others. Do you not teach yourself?
  2. You preach that you should not steal.Do you steal?
  3. You say none should commit adultery. Do you commit adultery?
  4. You abhor idols! Do you rob temples?
  5. You boast in the Law! Do you dishonor God by breaking the Law?

Paul is not asking these questions so that the Jew or the Gentile can check off the list, I did not do this or I did not do that. He is asking the questions to show that the Gentile and  the Jew have nothing in the flesh to boast about.  We know what is right and what is wrong, yet we live in arrogance and deception of who we truly are. I cringe as I write out these words.The arrogance that is displayed by our thoughts and how they really play out in our every day lives. This is the point of this passage: Jew, do not think more highly of yourself than you ought. Gentile, do not think more highly of yourself than you ought.

All men every where are in great need of a Savior!!

I am praising God that he reveals His truth to us through His word.

Learning Beside you,

Lisa

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26 thoughts on “Do You Think God Will Show You Partiality ?

  1. Marissa says:

    Love that the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, love each of us so much that He would sacrifice all in order to allows back to Him and His glory.

    Love Romans, such a great book of the bible to hear the true Gospel.

    Marissa

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    • Lisa says:

      Romans is a great book to hear the gospel! It is one of my favorites. A lot of meat to chew on but a great book! Worth the chewing:) He is so full of love and grace and mercy! Reading through Romans and seeing were we were makes His grace that much more amazing!! Thanks for sharing Marissa!

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    • Lisa says:

      Yes, it is heavy and meaty! A little hard to chew sometimes:) Your welcome Megan! Romans is challenging and encouraging all at the same time! Amazing isn’t! Thanks for stopping by today and sharing your thoughts! I love to hear from you guys:) it is a blessing!

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  2. Deborah says:

    Oh…yes…I have met those people. And, let’s be real, at many points, I may have been that person. I have sinned so much, and one day will also die in my flesh without the law. But my soul will be with Jesus–because all of my ugly and yuck is hanging on that cross.
    My heart is so drawn to your words regarding Matthew 7:21-25 (Trying not to be long-winded here Lisa 🙂 ). This is a problem we have in America–now. And it breaks my heart. When I look around the pews, I want to see each and everyone of those faces giving glory to the Almighty right beside me one day in Heaven. Yet, he says, “Many will say to me on that day…” [Sigh] I see we must belong to the same Body…
    Fruit–which means pruning… Thank you for your encouragement to all of us to be in His Word 100%, not just the part that feels or sounds “right.”
    Blessings,

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    • Lisa says:

      I have too Deborah! If everyone is honest we all have. I can hear the compassion in your words and heart for the lost! We all need that same heart. Thank you for sharing today and your kind words! God bless:)

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    • Lisa says:

      Your friends are exactly right Marie, We should not be respecter of persons. Everyone deserves to hear the gospel of Christ! We are all equal sinners. Thanks for stopping by today:)

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  3. melanieblignaut says:

    What struck me reading through was the verse from Jeremiah about the heart’s deceit. One of the many problems in today’s world is that we are told all the time to follow our hearts, encouraging selfishness.

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    • Lisa says:

      You are right Melanie! When we say follow your heart, we are doing just that, telling someone to follow their own selfishness! Very well put! Thanks for sharing your insight today! Have a Great Day in the Lord:)

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    • Lisa says:

      Yes, Susannah, it is amazing!!! We are all sinners in need of a Savior! Praise God for His love and mercy! Thanks for stopping by today and sharing: God Bless!

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  4. Gleniece says:

    Thank you, Lisa, for another well-thought out post. There are so many Christians who think they are doing just fine, so why did Christ have to say ” not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven? We all need to stay humble and continue to grow in grace and knowledge.
    Love to you. Have a great Saturday.

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    • Lisa says:

      Gleniece, you are so sweet! Thank you for your kind words! Yes, you are right so many think they are doing fine, when in fact they may not be. It scars me and makes me sad to think of those who do not continue to examine themselves! We do all need to stay humble! I am so glad you came by today! Love to you:) Have a wonderful weekend!

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