“He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.” ~Romans 2:6, 7
Obedience is so vital, Romans 2 clarifies that the Jews were practicing the very same things that they were judging the Gentiles. And God was reminding them that He was going to hold them accountable first, because they were exposed to the oracles of God. As the text develops, Paul exposes deeper truth that they were teachers of God’s ways, but they were adulterers, thieves, idol worshippers and murders. He transitions to the reality that a real Jew is not simply a follower of the law, but one who is transformed inwardly by the Spirit.
God is sovereign and a righteous Judge and He will/can hold people accountable for the things, which we have done on earth. He has entrusted the Jews with truth and set them apart to be different. However, they did what was right in their own eyes and God will deal with them accordingly. God hates sin and he deals with disobedience appropriately to the way He seems fit.
As Christian we are the possessors of truth and our lives should reflect it. We are not saved by the law or by our good works, but I lean towards faith that produces obedience. James supports Paul idea when he mentions that he will show you his faith by what his does.
When a person is exposed to truth and is regenerated by the Holy Sprit, it should produce holy living. Not perfection, but the Gospel is about the repented heart, the heart that transforms us to the image of Christ. This is not a free ride to live ungodly lives; it’s a call to God. In addition, we are known by are fruit and our faith is evident in our works. Let’s get off the grace-train express, and live meaningful lives that give glory to God.
Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and full time staff member at America’s Keswick.
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This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another ~Romans 15:14 (NKJV)