Last time we had finished going through looking at many, if not all, of the verses in Galatians used to dispute following Torah under the Brit Chadasha (New Testament). Next we are going to look at Romans. Romans is another epistle that is mentioned in discussions about not following Torah. So let’s go through it.
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First, if you have not read it before, here is a link to a entry where we take a look at Paul. The book of Acts and several of the epistles provide details about Paul that give us a better understanding about his writing.
Romans 1 really does not have anything that I normally hear as controversial, so let’s move on to Romans 2.
Before we get to the main verse today, I thought Paul’s statement in v8 was interesting. Paul is discussing those who will be judged favorably and unfavorably by G-d. For those who will be judged unfavorable Paul says – “but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation.”
I don’t think Paul is saying you must obey (do works) to be saved. The whole letter of Galatians combats this very point. Rather, obedience comes through those who have true emunah (faith). Paul says those who do not obey the truth…what is truth? Psalm 119:142, 151:160 define truth for us.
This is already getting to be longer than I wanted, so we will look at Romans 2:12 next time.
Romans 2:12 – 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.
Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!