Romans 2.13,“For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.”
In Romans 2.1-16, Paul’s flow of thought goes something like this:
2.1-5: Unrepentant Jews criticize gentiles for their sins while committing those same sins.
2.6-11: God is not partial; he will bless those who do good and judge those who do evil. He “will repay each person according to his or her works” (Schreiner’s translation, 121).
2.12-16: Schreiner observes, “Jews can scarcely use the Torah as a talisman, for anyone (whether Jew or gentile) who observes the law will be vindicated before God on the day of Jesus Christ” (126). Jews will be judged by the law, and gentiles will be judged by a “fair standard” (126).
Is Paul really saying that people will be judged according to their works? In Romans 3 Paul…
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