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Romans blog post 19: Law

August 9, 2015

  Romans 2:12-16

Paul now returns to the law. God’s law.

There is no distinction between Jew and Gentile. No difference between those who have been taught God’s law and those who do not. Those who live outside the law perish. Those who know it and fail to keep it will be judged. 

Whoever we are, if we get it wrong we are doomed.

But there is another side to all this. Those who have the law, are not justified because they are privileged to have God’s law. It is not just about hearing God’s commands. It is about obeying the law. On that basis only the Jews will be declared righteous.

On the other hand those who do not know the law can also please God when they do what is right. Somehow they know what is right without having to be told. Their conscience speaks to the Gentiles.

As Paul puts it, the requirements of the law are written on their hearts.

When people came to Jesus to ask what they had to do to earn eternal life he referred them to God’s law. Sometimes listing the commandments or on other occasions summarising to love God with all their heart would and mind, and their neighbours as themselves.

All of us will be judged.

And therein lies the problem. If we are justified with God by keeping his law, without knowing it, or even if we know it inside out and back to front, then who will actually succeed?

None of us. We need another plan.

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