In Romans chapter 1, the apostle Paul traces the downward spiral of the human race, showing the Gentiles (non-Jews) their immoral lifestyle and guilt before a holy God. In chapter 2:1-11, Paul is dealing with the Jews who saw themselves as better than the Gentiles. Even though Paul is addressing the self-righteous Jews, we can all learn from this. Scripture reveals that God will judge self-righteousness, legalism and hypocrisy. He judges according to the truth, according to our deeds, and according to impartiality. God wants to be our Savior; but if we reject the free gift of eternal life through Christ, we will stand before Him as Judge.
In the book of Romans, the Apostle Paul pulls together the entire narrative of Scripture and human history to show God's plan for salvation through Jesus. Over the next year we are going to study this letter to the Romans in five parts: Our Problem, God's Provision, Our Power, Our Predicament and Our Practice. In Part 1, we will discover that all of humanity stands guilty before a holy God, and that no amount of work can earn God's righteousness. However, there is good news in the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.