Teaching of Paul - Bible Study 7

Readings: Romans 2:17-29

Theme: The Sins of Pride and Formalism or Ceremonialism

Notes: Romans 2:17-24 are about law Romans 2:25-29 are about circumcision. Also, salvation relates to the past, the present and the future.

  • Through Jesus we can be forgiven for the sins of the past (1 John 1:9)
  • Through Jesus we can enjoy abundant life in the present (John 10:10)
  • Through Jesus we will be saved from hell in the future and will live forever joyfully in the presence of God (1 John 5:11-12)

Questions and Comments

  1. Read again v 17-24 and without looking ahead on this sheet write a list of 10 things of which a Jew was proud. Now check with the list given and add the appropriate verse references.
  • Being a Jew – ­­verse __________________
  • Reliance on the law – ­­verse __________________
  • Boasting in his relationship to God – ­­verse __________________
  • Knowing the will of God – ­­verse __________________
  • Being taught in the law – ­­verse __________________
  • His liking for excellent things – ­­verse __________________
  • Being a leader of the blind – ­­verse __________________
  • Being a light to those in darkness – ­­verse __________________
  • Being a corrector of the foolish – ­­verse __________________
  • Being a teacher of children – ­­verse __________________
  1. Read 1 Samuel 16:7 and note how God looks on the heart.
  1. Read Matthew 5:17-48 and note how God sees the intention as well as the act.
  1. Read Luke 18:9-14. What is surprising about Jesus’ teaching in this parable?
  1. Read again Romans 2:25-29. The Jew is proud of his circumcision. Will his circumcision save him? How do the very privileges on which he relies for his' salvation become his condemnation? Why?

Scriptures Referenced

Romans 2:17-29