Romans 2:25-29: Why Salvation Requires A Changed Heart

by Dale Partridge

Too often we put trust into religious actions to earn us good standing with God. However, this is opposite of what’s taught in Scripture. Only justification through faith in Christ alone can offer us peace with God.

In Romans 2:25-29, Paul is preparing his audience for this point. Namely, he is tearing down any and every religious practice that the Jews had placed redemptive hope. His focus in these verses is to strip them of their false understanding of circumcision and show them their need, not for a mark of the flesh, but for a change of the heart.

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  • Romans 2:25-29

    “For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision. So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the law. For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.”

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