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Romans 2:27 - Transgressors Condemned by the Lost

Dr. Jonathan Edwards said: "But now, when the ill consequences of these false affections appear, and it is become very apparent that some of those emotions which made a glaring show and were by many greatly admired, were in reality nothing; the devil sees it to be for his interest to go another way to work, and to endeavor to his utmost to propagate and establish a persuasion that all affections and sensible emotions of the mind, in things of religion, are nothing at all to be regarded, but rather to be avoided and carefully guarded against, as things of a pernicious tendency.  This he knows is the way to bring all religion to a mere lifeless formality, and effectually shut out the power of godliness, and every thing which is spiritual, and to have all true Christianity turned out of doors.  For although to true religion there indeed must be something else besides affection, yet true religion consists so much in the affections that there can be no true religion without them.  He who has no religious affections is in a state of spiritual death, and is wholly destitute of the powerful, quickening, saving influences of the Spirit of God upon his heart.  As there is no true religion where there is nothing else but affection, so there is not true religion where there is no religious affection.  As , on the one hand, there must be light in the understanding as well as an affected fervent heart; where there is heat without light, there can be nothing divine or heavenly in that heart; so on the other hand, where there is a kind of light without heat, a head stored with notions and speculations, with a cold and unaffected heart, there can be nothing divine in that light; that knowledge is no true spiritual knowledge of divine things.  If the great things of religion are rightly understood, they will affect the heart.  The reason why men are not affected by such infinitely great, important, glorious, and wonderful things, as they often hear and read of in the Word of God, is undoubtedly because they are blind; if they were not so, it would be impossible, and utterly inconsistent with human nature, that their hearts should be otherwise than strongly impressed, and greatly moved by such things."

"And he who is physically5449 uncircumcised, if he keeps the Law, will he not judge you who though having the letter of the Law and circumcision are a transgressor of the Law?" (NASB)

"And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature5449, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?" (KJV)

"In fact, uncircumcised Gentiles who keep God's law will condemn you Jews who are circumcised and possess God's law but don't obey it." (NLT)

"And will not the physically5449 uncircumcised man who keeps the law judge you who, despite the written code and circumcision, transgress the law?" (NET)

An amazing indictment to say the least!  Rightly condemned by those to whom we are to be a witness!  Here is one time that I think the translators fail to convey the term consistently in light of other renderings within the New Testament.  The Greek word here translated "by nature" is "phusis."  Now it is accurate to think of this as "physical" in its relationship to "circumcision."  However, it may not articulate the full flavor of the notion when one examines its usage elsewhere.  In Romans 1:26 it is rendered by itself "natural" and when preceded by "para" as "unnatural."  In Romans 2:14 the Gentiles "do by nature" or "do instinctively" again conveying something more that just physical unless of course instinct is now an identifiable body part.  Or in Romans 11:24 is the olive tree wild by "physical" instead of wild by "nature?"  Perhaps the "children of wrath" in Ephesians 2:3 were thus by "physical" rather than "nature."

Why the big deal?  Because it would make no sense for someone to judge you apart from a standard!  That standard not being "physical" circumcision but rather the "instinct" or "nature" within that come from the creator!  For it has already been said that God's laws are written upon our hearts!

There is a craftsman that I know who can demonstrate this in about 10 seconds selecting studs from the lumber pile at the local home supply store.  As he picks up each board, he looks along the length to see if it is "true" (alethes - translated 23 times "true").  He is not looking to see if it is "honorable," "right," "pure," or "lovely." He is seeking that which is NOT crooked!  It is said that the untrained human eye can perceive measurements to less than a quarter of an inch.  We live in a world where our minds eye along with our ocular perception knows "instinctively" or "by nature" those things which are NOT plumb or NOT square!  So when we are rightfully judged as "transgressors" the condemnation is complete!  We are condemned by Almighty God with the verdict being conveyed by those who are still lost!

How can we return to the blood of bulls and goats and ignore so great a salvation?  We turn away from the simple truth that is in Christ Jesus and become religious!  With good reason did Saint Augustine say, "Love God and do as you please."  If we truly love God, we will instinctively do what pleases Him!  Why?  Because we have a NEW NATURE!  If we become religious and live by the jot and tittle of the law, then we shall be judged according to our failures which are endless.

Philippians 4:8 says: "And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing.  Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.  Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." (NLT)

G5449
φυ?σις
phusis
Thayer Definition:
1) nature
1a) the nature of things, the force, laws, order of nature
1a) as opposed to what is monstrous, abnormal, perverse
1b) as opposed what has been produced by the art of man: the natural branches, i.e. branches by the operation of nature
1b) birth, physical origin
1c) a mode of feeling and acting which by long habit has become nature
1d) the sum of innate properties and powers by which one person differs from others, distinctive native peculiarities, natural characteristics: the natural strength, ferocity, and intractability of beasts

Romans 2:27 - Transgressors Condemned by the Lost

Dr. Jonathan Edwards said: "But now, when the ill consequences of these false affections appear, and it is become very apparent that some of those emotions which made a glaring show and were by many greatly admired, were in reality nothing; the devil sees it to be for his interest to go another way to work, and to endeavor to his utmost to propagate and establish a persuasion that all affections and sensible emotions of the mind, in things of religion, are nothing at all to be regarded, but rather to be avoided and carefully guarded against, as things of a pernicious tendency.  This he knows is the way to bring all religion to a mere lifeless formality, and effectually shut out the power of godliness, and every thing which is spiritual, and to have all true Christianity turned out of doors.  For although to true religion there indeed must be something else besides affection, yet true religion consists so much in the affections that there can be no true religion without them.  He who has no religious affections is in a state of spiritual death, and is wholly destitute of the powerful, quickening, saving influences of the Spirit of God upon his heart.  As there is no true religion where there is nothing else but affection, so there is not true religion where there is no religious affection.  As , on the one hand, there must be light in the understanding as well as an affected fervent heart; where there is heat without light, there can be nothing divine or heavenly in that heart; so on the other hand, where there is a kind of light without heat, a head stored with notions and speculations, with a cold and unaffected heart, there can be nothing divine in that light; that knowledge is no true spiritual knowledge of divine things.  If the great things of religion are rightly understood, they will affect the heart.  The reason why men are not affected by such infinitely great, important, glorious, and wonderful things, as they often hear and read of in the Word of God, is undoubtedly because they are blind; if they were not so, it would be impossible, and utterly inconsistent with human nature, that their hearts should be otherwise than strongly impressed, and greatly moved by such things."

"And he who is physically5449 uncircumcised, if he keeps the Law, will he not judge you who though having the letter of the Law and circumcision are a transgressor of the Law?" (NASB)

"And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature5449, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?" (KJV)

"In fact, uncircumcised Gentiles who keep God's law will condemn you Jews who are circumcised and possess God's law but don't obey it." (NLT)

"And will not the physically5449 uncircumcised man who keeps the law judge you who, despite the written code and circumcision, transgress the law?" (NET)

An amazing indictment to say the least!  Rightly condemned by those to whom we are to be a witness!  Here is one time that I think the translators fail to convey the term consistently in light of other renderings within the New Testament.  The Greek word here translated "by nature" is "phusis."  Now it is accurate to think of this as "physical" in its relationship to "circumcision."  However, it may not articulate the full flavor of the notion when one examines its usage elsewhere.  In Romans 1:26 it is rendered by itself "natural" and when preceded by "para" as "unnatural."  In Romans 2:14 the Gentiles "do by nature" or "do instinctively" again conveying something more that just physical unless of course instinct is now an identifiable body part.  Or in Romans 11:24 is the olive tree wild by "physical" instead of wild by "nature?"  Perhaps the "children of wrath" in Ephesians 2:3 were thus by "physical" rather than "nature."

Why the big deal?  Because it would make no sense for someone to judge you apart from a standard!  That standard not being "physical" circumcision but rather the "instinct" or "nature" within that come from the creator!  For it has already been said that God's laws are written upon our hearts!

There is a craftsman that I know who can demonstrate this in about 10 seconds selecting studs from the lumber pile at the local home supply store.  As he picks up each board, he looks along the length to see if it is "true" (alethes - translated 23 times "true").  He is not looking to see if it is "honorable," "right," "pure," or "lovely." He is seeking that which is NOT crooked!  It is said that the untrained human eye can perceive measurements to less than a quarter of an inch.  We live in a world where our minds eye along with our ocular perception knows "instinctively" or "by nature" those things which are NOT plumb or NOT square!  So when we are rightfully judged as "transgressors" the condemnation is complete!  We are condemned by Almighty God with the verdict being conveyed by those who are still lost!

How can we return to the blood of bulls and goats and ignore so great a salvation?  We turn away from the simple truth that is in Christ Jesus and become religious!  With good reason did Saint Augustine say, "Love God and do as you please."  If we truly love God, we will instinctively do what pleases Him!  Why?  Because we have a NEW NATURE!  If we become religious and live by the jot and tittle of the law, then we shall be judged according to our failures which are endless.

Philippians 4:8 says: "And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing.  Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.  Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." (NLT)

G5449
φυ?σις
phusis
Thayer Definition:
1) nature
1a) the nature of things, the force, laws, order of nature
1a) as opposed to what is monstrous, abnormal, perverse
1b) as opposed what has been produced by the art of man: the natural branches, i.e. branches by the operation of nature
1b) birth, physical origin
1c) a mode of feeling and acting which by long habit has become nature
1d) the sum of innate properties and powers by which one person differs from others, distinctive native peculiarities, natural characteristics: the natural strength, ferocity, and intractability of beasts



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