Genesis 31, Mark 2, Esther 7, Romans 2

If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Genesis 31, Mark 2, Esther 7, Romans 2. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Romans 2.

Continuing the thought from Romans 1 yesterday, Paul turned from addressing the sins of the world in general (Rom 1) to addressing the sins of the self-righteous who condemned others (2:1ff). Later in this chapter he focused particularly on his own people, the Jews (vv. 17-29) but at first he addressed all sinners who have passed judgment on other sinners. The point is that God will judge all the guilty; those who condemn others who are guilty will not be spared God’s judgment because we are all guilty, often of the same sins that we condemn in others. As he described God’s coming judgment in verse 5-11, Paul wrote this in verses 6-7: “God ‘will repay each person according to what they have done.’ To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.” Since other passages, especially here in Romans, declare that no one will be given eternal life based on human works, what can Paul mean when he says “To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life” in verse 7. Are there any clues in the context that can help you discern what he means?

Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/calvarybiblechurch/. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.