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The Law And The Judgement Of God

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What is the law? Does it provide the necessary soteriological provision for those that uphold it over the privileges found in faith? The Apostle Paul, who at one time was a staunch supporter of this view of the law before his conversion now seeks to show the truth of what the Mosaic Law has done and what its functions are in the age of the Messiah. Paul’s argument of justification by faith is stacked against the legalistic points of the traditions of the Mosaic Law and what it is that provides peace with God. This paper will look at the components of Paul’s view surrounding the law and the judgement of God, the freedom from the law given through Christ, and the responsibility blessings of Christian freedom from the law provide by…show more content…
“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.” (Romans 2:12-16) The Inclusivity of the Law Paul establishes the view that will included the law and the judgement under it as an all-inclusive understanding. He begins this section with the division of judgement the law itself has brought: those that sin without the law and those that sin under the law (v. 12). Paul is emphatic to his readers that those that have sinned without the law will be judged without the law. His reference to the law is that of the law established under the Mosaic covenant. His early narrative on the condition of the God’s natural revelation to man places those that are not privy to the Mosaic Law under judgement because “what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them” (1:19). Paul specifically calls out that God’s
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