Rom 008: The Law of Conscience [Video/Audio]

"Christianity 101" ... Romans 2:13-16

What if a person has never heard of Jesus or the Bible?  And, what if that person has never been in contact with a Believer?  If such a case exists, then how could God possibly judge and declare that person either condemned or righteous?  Paul answers that in this passage.

This video/audio explores Romans 2:13-16, highlighting the law of conscience, humanity’s inability to satisfy any law, and our need of Jesus as our mediator.

 

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4 thoughts on “Rom 008: The Law of Conscience [Video/Audio]

  1. What I heard was that those who have not asked Christ to intervene on their behalf will be subjected to God’s judgement. I know this means that I need to continue to build my relationship with Christ and work towards living a life that is pleasing to God. I can rest in the fact that Christ will speak on my behalf come the day of judgement and say “She is with me”. What I don’t understand is how this judgement process will take place. I’m confused by the verses back in Romans 2:6-7 where it says “God will repay every one based on their works…He will give eternal life…based on their good works”; does this not contradict the fact that we are saved by Christ, not by our good works? Or is it that those who are not saved by the blood have the opportunity to still go to heaven if the lives they lead are judged to be good enough? Therefore those who have accepted Christ get into heaven by their faith and those who have not accepted Christ get into heaven by their works? I know that none of us can ever be good enough though, so these scriptures confuse me. Can you clarify the meaning for me?

    • Hey, that’s a good thought! Here’s my take on it…

      Paul is trying to convince his contemporaries (complacent Jews) that they can’t please God based on the works of the Law because they can’t be seen as “good” based on it. In 2:5, he writes “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath” and then he shows his readers that they’re doomed to be judged by a Law that they can’t live up to.

      It sounds like you’re specifically wrestling with the idea that God will reward based on good and evil. Just because that’s true doesn’t mean that there’s any good in me, or in anyone else. God will reward someone for the good He finds in them. But (there’s a really big BUT here), Paul will eventually complete this thought in the next chapter revealing that no good will be found in anyone.

      I think that Paul concludes this thought in 3:9, “What shall we conclude then?” His conclusion is ““There is no one righteous, not even one” (3:10).

      God will reward IF He finds good in us. He won’t. Therefore, when we place our faith in Jesus God credits us with the good that’s found in Jesus (we’re credited with righteousness). We will be rewarded based on the good found in Jesus rather than any good that we may have been able to conjure up.

      Did I make any sense?

      • Thanks for your reply Rick. Yes what you are saying does make sense. So just to confirm, when it says in Romans 2:6 “God will repay everyone based on their works” and in Revelation 20:12 “…And the dead were judged on the basis of what was written in the scrolls about what they had done”; it is irrelevant because no one is good enough for the reward of heaven except through the intervention of Christ. So then the only purpose of judgement is to prove to unbelievers that they are not deserving of this reward because the one thing they did not do was accept this truth.