The Righteous Judgment of God (Daily Portion 10304)

Scripture Passage: 
Romans 2:1-16

The passage describes the righteous judgment of God and leaves man no excuse for disobeying His commandments. But even here, God’s goodness leads to repentance and final judgment is based on the gospel (that is, the good news) of Jesus Christ.

What Does It Say?

  1. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to __________.
  2. Those with a hard and unrepentant heart treasure up to themselves ________ against the day of _________.
  3. God’s wrath will be given to those who are _____________ and do not obey the truth.
  4. As many as have sinned in the law shall be ___________ by the law.
  5. Sometimes the Gentiles do by _________ the things contained in the law and are a law unto themselves.

What Does It Mean?

  1. Verse 1 warns against judging others. However, 1Corinthians 2:15 states, “But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.” How can you reconcile these two teachings? In other words, how can they both be true? This kind of understanding gives greater wisdom.
  2. Romans 2:11 states, “For there is not respect of persons with God.” What is respect of persons? In what way is God without respect of persons? Consider Exodus 2:25 – “And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.” How can both of these verses be true?
  3. Some Bible teachers have seen four laws concerning the judgment of God and how it works in verses 1, 6, 11, and 16. Study these verses. What is the main teaching about the judgment of God in each of them? Use these four verses to give four laws of divine judgment.

What Does It Mean to Me?

  1. Verse 4 teaches that “the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance.” What do you think this means? Give examples from situations you have observed. Give examples from your own life.
  2. Verse 15 describes the conscience as “bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another.” Describe in your own words how the conscience works. How can our conscience be used for good? (see Acts 23:1; Acts 24:16) How can our conscience fail us? (see 1 Corinthians 8:7; 1 Timothy 4:2).

Suggested Memory Verses

Romans 2:1, Romans 2:4, Romans 2:6, Romans 2:11, Romans 2:15-16

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 18:12

Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.