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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 2

Romans 2:1-16 (7)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 1 Study # 7
December 14, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

(086)

Thesis:Being "lawless" is impossible; being "fully" informed is impossible; the dangers exist.

Introduction:In our study last week we looked into the claim, made multiple times in the New Testament, that God practices no "partiality" or "respect of persons". Since it is obvious, both within the text of Scripture and within the reality of man's experiences, that God does not treat all men the same, it was necessary for us to consider just what the claim means. We learned that the statement that God is no respecter of persons means that He does not allow considerations that are outside the boundaries of the laws that govern the particulars to have any influence over His judgment. He does not "bend the rules" for those who are subject to them. The only way a person can escape the application of a given set of rules is to be legitimately exempted from them.

In our studies of Romans 2, the issue is that particular set of rules that govern the Day of Wrath. Therefore, the statements made within the text of Romans 2 have to be understood in light of "that" Day. Three of the statements that are widely misunderstood because they are not kept within the boundaries of "that" Day are 2:6 (God will repay every man according to his works), 2:11 (there is no partiality with God), and 2:13 (the doers of the law shall be justified). This last statement appears to fly in the face of 3:20, but it does not since it's context is the Day of Wrath.

Now, this evening we are going to look into a part of Paul's explanation of what he meant when he said that there is no partiality with God. The part we are going to consider is the opening section of verse 12: Paul's statement that "those who sinned without law shall perish without law". The question is: What did he mean and what significance does it have to us?


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