The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleRomans 2:17
Behold, thou art called a Jew…
From hence to the end
of the chapter the Jews are particularly addressed; their several
privileges and characters are commemorated, which by an ironical
concession are allowed them; several charges are brought against them,
even against their principal men; and the plea in favour of them, from
their circumcision, is considered; and the apostle's view in the whole,
is to show that they could not be justified before God by their
obedience to the law of Moses: "behold"; take notice, observe it, this
will be granted: "thou art called a Jew"; thou art one by name, by
nation, and by religion; but no name, nor outward religion, nor a mere
profession, will justify before God:
and restest in the law;
which may be understood of their having the
law and the knowledge of it, what is to be done and avoided easily,
without any fatigue and labour; of their pleasing and applauding
themselves with the bare having and hearing of it; of their trust and
confidence in it; and of their inactivity and security in it, as
persons asleep; and so of their coming short of the knowledge of the
Gospel, and of Christ the end of the law for righteousness, their whole
confidence being placed in that: so the Targumist in (Jeremiah 8:8)
paraphrases the words,
``we are wise, "and in the law of the Lord", (Nwuyxr agxna) ,
do we trust;''
and makest thy boast of God.
There is a right boasting of God in
opposition to boasting in the creature, when men ascribe all the
blessings of nature and grace to the Lord alone, and praise him for all
their enjoyments, temporal and spiritual; and when they trust in, and
glory, and make their boast of Christ as the Lord their righteousness,
in whom alone they are, and can be justified. But the boasting here
spoken of, was such that was not right; these men boasted of their bare
external knowledge of the one God, when the Gentiles around them were
ignorant of him; of their being the covenant people of God, when others
were aliens and strangers; and of their having the word and worship of
the true God, which other nations were unacquainted with; and, on these
external things they depended, which was their fault.
The New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Romans 2:17". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=ro&chapter=002&verse=017>. 1999.