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Starting at Romans 1:18 to the end of that chapter is a pretty good account of just how ugly sin can be. There’s a bit of a hint that Paul may be targeting the Jewish people. But, in verse 18, he makes it plain that he is talking about the unrighteousness of all men. It’s a pretty damning laundry list for sure.
Pedaling right along into Chapter 2, an interesting question pops up. Just how in the world do unrighteous people think they are going to escape judgment? It’s interesting because everyone has a different idea. For instance, there are those who think that they have the right last name and somehow that gives them an edge that no one else has. The Jewish people felt that way. They were sons of Abraham. Just based on that alone, they knew they were a shoo-in for the Kingdom. Surely no one suffers judgment if he’s a descendant of Abraham!
Then there are the ones who believe that being good and living a decent life is enough. They are just good people. Everyone likes them. They may even attend church. Surely God won’t judge someone who crossed all the ‘t’s’ and dotted all the ‘i’s’ in life!
And, of course, don’t forget the ones who have gone through life doing all these good deeds. They are the perfect picture of Christianity. They are seen heading up one cause after another. It’s true, too, they are doing a lot of good. They’re racking up the brownie points without a doubt. So how is it Jesus will tell some of these folks to depart from him because he never knew them?
How is judgment escaped? This author believes it’s in the centurion’s response to Jesus in Matthew 8:8,10,11,12 and 13. The centurion demonstrated profound faith—Jesus only had to speak the word and his servant would be healed. Jesus was amazed that the centurion had such profound faith. Look at verse 13, really look at it. He was rewarded according to how he believed. Wow! What a revelation!
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