but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God. … (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves,who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) … For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh;but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.
— Romans 2:10-11, 13-15, 28-29
This is such a great chapter. It captures so much of the essence of Christianity. It speaks of redemption, of hope, of renewal, of acceptance.
Prior to Christ the Gentiles either knew nothing of God or knew Him only as God of the Jews. But enter this massively new chapter of our Story, of God coming down to earth to be with us, to accept not just the Jews, but all. Enter in now limitless acceptance. This passage speaks volumes because it is saying that all — Greek or Jew, sinner or saint — have the ability to be called, have the acceptance of Christ, regardless of physical circumcision or familiarity of the Law.
What does this mean for you?
This means you are accepted. You are welcomed by Christ to live according to His will and obtain a truly resurrected life. It makes no difference what you have done or where you have come from–when you come to Him with an open, repentant, seeking spirit He will always accept you.
All I have to say is thank God for that. I have strayed. I have walked down strange roads, roads displeasing to Him, roads that lead to self-destruction. Anyone in his right mind would be done with me by now. And yet here Christ is with open arms, waiting for my willing heart, my seeking spirit to come home.