"No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by the Spirit..." — Romans 2:29 (NLT)
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. In this passage, Paul was admonishing the believers to live according to what they believe. For a study comparison, Paul used the Jewish people as an example. Although they are the heirs of the promise of God to Abraham, but what happened instead they became and acted like unbelievers. They, having seen the fruition of God's promise of Messiah lived among them, didn't believe Him instead they killed Him. They have become apostates toward the things of God. In other words, they have been blinded by the light of the Gospel, that actually should have saved them. It was not because of the Gospel , but because of the hardness of their heart.
This example of Jewish people gave us a warning, that it is possible to know the Truth but didn't have the Truth. To know everything about Jesus, but does not have him as the Lord of your life. This warning also was given by Jesus in Luke 6:46, "And why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say."
In closing, one way to know and to measure if you are the child of God or not, is the desire to do everything to please Him (may not be perfect, but striving to be). That desire was put there in your heart by the Holy Spirit, who was sealed in the heart of believer at the moment of salvation. Please examine your heart. Amen.
Reflection on Romans 2:17-29 by Pst. Devy Nanlohy
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