The judge is also the saviour

Paul is specifically addressing Jewish believers who may have exempted themselves from his message as they had “special status” having the Torah. Paul’s argument is that all will be judged; Jew & Gentile, with the law or without the law, all fall under the wrath of God, but God is fair. Paul wants his hearers to know; we all are in the same boat, perishing outside of Christ. He lands this section with a reminder that Christ Jesus is the judge. A judge who shows no partiality (v11) but a judge who is also our saviour. No one could be more pre-disposed to saving sinners. Does your gospel have room for judgement? Do you include yourself in Paul’s message? Paul wants us to hasten to Christ, to check our hearts, to change how we live and to trust in His coming.

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Romans 2:11-16

11 For God shows no partiality.

God's Judgment and the Law

12 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. 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. 14 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. 15 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 16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus. (ESV)

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