Scripture to Read: Romans 2:9–11
Over the last three devotions, God has revealed to us portions of His divine character and the choices He provides to mankind to follow Him or themselves. We have seen God's holiness through His judgment and wrath that will come upon sinners (those who refuse His gift of forgiveness through Christ). We have seen His patience and kindness given to ALL sinners who follow Him through repentance and walk with Christ. Today, God reveals another aspect of His character. In Romans 2:11, God states plainly that there is ZERO partiality with Him. This is more Good News, knowing that God NEVER plays favorites. Now, in Romans 2:9–10, God has Paul explain that partiality does not exist with Him by telling us that He brings “tribulation and distress” to both Jews and Greeks who choose to walk in evil. To walk in evil (sin) means that people willingly reject God and His Truth and choose to feed their fleshly desires (1 John 2:15–16, Galatians 6:8). Then, God has Paul explain that He gives “glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good” to both Jews and Greeks. By the way, “doing good” is impossible apart from a relationship with Christ (John 15:5). Only through Jesus Christ is one saved from the power and penalty of their sin (John 14:6, John 10:9, Romans 5:2, Ephesians 2:18). So then, once someone has surrendered to Christ, they have His power to do His will and live forever with Him (1 John 2:17, Philippians 2:13).
Challenge & Application
· Why is it important to understand God shows no partiality?
· How can you know whether you are one who does evil or one who does good?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!