For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus. Romans 2:12-16
When Paul wrote today’s verses he was not talking about Christians being under the law. Paul clearly tells us that we are no longer under the law. Not that the law goes away, but that in Jesus the law was fulfilled. God gave Moses the law in the Ten Commandments, later He gave Moses laws for Israel to live by. Laws that set them apart from the rest of the nations but also laws that showed the Israelites that there was no way for sinful people to obey the law. Jesus came to pay the price for our law breaking.
Jesus also told us that the law could be summed up as love the Lord you God with all your heart mind and strength and you neighbor as yourself. Everything in Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy can be summed up in those two things. Love God and you will obey Him. Love your neighbor and you will not wrong him. So simple and yet so impossible to accomplish. You see if we try to live under the law we will be judged by the law and if we try to live outside the law our sins will be judged outside of the law. We will be judged and we will have to pay for our sins.
The only way out is to put ourselves under Jesus. Then and only then will our sins be judged as paid by the blood of Jesus. Only then will we be allowed to come into God’s holy presence. Only then will we be allowed to live for eternity with God.
Finally, Paul once again lets us know that God’s law is not just words written on tablets or scrolls but on our very hearts. Because it is we are without excuse. We know when we have done wrong. Every person has God’s laws written in them. Some choose to ignore them. Others are convicted by them and realizing they cannot keep these laws on their own, they turn to Jesus.
Have a blessed day,