Here’s the bad news: We’re all in the same boat! That’s the message of Romans 2 – we’re all equally doomed. And there’s no partiality with God. Whether it’s a Jew trying to keep the Law, or a Gentile trying to obey their conscience, there are exactly zero people on the planet who can meet God’s perfect standard.
Here’s the good news: Therefore, God intervened. And He did so through Jesus Christ. As a result, anybody and everybody can be made perfect before God – for free. It’s about receiving, not achieving.
This is where the book of Romans is headed. So, check out this important piece of the puzzle, as Romans 2 sets the stage for everything to come!
Discussion Questions on Romans 2:1-16:
- Have you ever found yourself judging another person when you’ve done the same thing? Discuss.
- React to this statement: The kindness of God leads you to repentance.
- Who has an unrepentant heart? Why is knowing the audience important here?
- How many “doers of the Law” are there who persevere in doing good and merit eternal life? Why is this key to understanding Romans 2?
- Why do you think Paul mentions that there’s no partiality with God?
- Why are the Gentiles also accountable to God if they weren’t given the Law?
- Take two minutes to summarize the point of this entire passage in one sentence. Then share your sentence with others.