Thursday, March 15, 2018

Does Romans 2:13 Refute Justification By Faith Alone?

         "For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be saved." (Romans 2:13)

         There was a group of Jews who believed that they could be saved by keeping the Law (Romans 2:17). In other words, some Jewish people were relying upon the keeping of the Mosaic Law to save them. In response, the Apostle Paul dedicates much time to reprimanding them. He goes on (Romans 2:18-3:19) to call the Jews hypocrites because they had in reality failed to obey the Law. He finishes his indictment against them by saying, "Therefore, by the deeds of the law there shall be no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the knowledge of the law is the knowledge of sin" (Romans 3:20). Romans 3:27-28 declares, "Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law." Romans 2:13 is a part of a developing argument. In this passage, the Apostle Paul was speaking in a hypothetical sense to illustrate the point that we are not faithful to God's Law. That is why it condemns us. The "doers" of the Law will be "justified" because their hearts have been transformed (Romans 2:14-15). We are not justified through a system of works righteousness. People can only be justified in God's sight by His grace through their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

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