Sunday School Perspective
by Minnie Malone Cook
July 3, 2016
Matching Words With Actions
The study of the lesson is in the book of Romans Chapter 2: Verses 17-29 and this lesson continues to focuse the learning about mankind’s rebellion against God’s truth.
Key Verse: “For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.” (Romans 2:13) KJV: This scripture emphasizes that only those that obey the principles of the Law will make a person “righteous in God’s sight”.
The lesson topic for Sunday, July 3, 2016 is “Matching Words with Actions” and the lesson encourages all believers to study the word and demonstrate actions of love for one another.
The objective for students and readers is too fully strive to be hears and doers of the Word of God.
Belief displayed but dishonest practices
The lesson unfolds with Apostle Paul examining the Jews superior attitudes and belief that they were above the law. They knew to law and Paul accused them of being hypocritical in following the law. Their insincerity, deceptive and dishonest practices were observed by unbelievers and those that were undecided. “Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God, and knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law; And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law. Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege? Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.” (Verses 17-24)
In these verses Apostle Paul explains that the rite of circumcision would do no good if the people did not live righteously. It is very significant that there were Gentiles who kept the law by living righteously. It is better to be committed to the truth by submitting to the Holy Spirit within our hearts. “For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision? And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfill the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?” (Verses 25-27)
In these verses Apostle Paul clearly relates the fact that his fellow Jews still had an opportunity to accept Jesus as the Messiah. Disobeying the Law deactivate both privilege and circumcision. Student and readers, we must be real as we live consistent righteous lives embracing complete devotion to our Lord and Savior. “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.” (Verses 28-29)