By: Tony Pyle
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For all who sin without the law will also perish without the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law.
For the hearers of the law are not righteous before God, but the doers of the law will be justified.
So, when Gentiles, who do not by nature have the law, do what the law demands, 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. Their consciences confirm this. Their competing thoughts either accuse or even excuse them on the day when God judges what people have kept secret, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.
Now if you call yourself a Jew, and rely on the law, and boast in God, and know his will, and approve the things that are superior, being instructed from the law, and if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light to those in darkness, an instructor of the ignorant, a teacher of the immature, having the embodiment of knowledge and truth in the law.
You then, who teach another, don’t you teach yourself? You who preach, “You must not steal”—do you steal? You who say, “You must not commit adultery”—do you commit adultery? You who detest idols, do you rob temples? You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? For, as it is written: The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.
because you signed a commitment card, or walked down an aisle, or prayed a
prayer, and you really cried that night. You remember you had strong feelings for
God, so you must have been converted that night. And, hey, since then you
have memorized dozens of Scripture verses, and you know the right answer to a
large array of questions. And you’ve led other people to make a commitment to
Christ in the Bible study you lead.
– Tim Keller
But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name.