Finally, we start taking a look at the much debated verses in Romans. Paul’s writing style is difficult to understand (2 Peter 3:15-16) and there is no question this difficulty continues in Romans as it did in Galatians. Today we will look at Romans 2:12.
For as many as have sinned without Law shall also perish without Law: and as many as have sinned in the Law shall be judged by the Law; Romans 2:12
That is the King James translation which is not the normal translation I work in. I normally work in the NASB translation, but I do not like the translation for this verse. I believe the translation influences the reader to believing the Law (Torah) is not to be followed. The second half of the verse in NASB says “all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law”. The word for under in Greek is en which typically means in, by, with, etc. This word is used 2800 times and over 1900 of them it is translated as in.
So what is this verse saying? Paul had just finished writing about those who did not know G-d starting in 1:18, yet should have known Him. Thus Paul says “for as many as have sinned without Law shall also perish without Law”. Paul is saying even though one did not know the Law they are still accountable to it and will be judged accordingly. Then Paul continues to say “as many as have sinned in the Law shall be judged by the Law”. Now Paul is speaking to those who had the Law. All will be judged according to the Law.
You might be thinking wait a minute I have “Jesus” and He fulfilled the Law for me. Paul clearly is telling us with or without the Law all will be judged according to it. Yeshua did come to pay our penalty and for those who truly have emunah (faith) our sins have been blotted out. This does not mean we continue sinning. Paul says later in Romans 6:1-2 – Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! As far as I know, the definition of sin has not changed. Missing the mark is missing the mark. Breaking Torah is missing the mark, therefore we should make every effort to follow Torah so that we do not sin again.
Let’s look at this from a worldly perspective. You receive a speeding ticket and it is your day in court. Your case is called up and you begin to plead your case (giving excuses or reasons why you don’t deserve a ticket). The judge is reading the case as you are speaking and then sees at the bottom paid in full. The judge looks up at you and tells you that your fine has already been paid and that you are free to go. You are filled with joy and happiness and you leave the court peeling out in the parking lot, flying down the road. NO! Most people are careful leaving the court house. You take precautions and you don’t speed for a little while at least.
So, now I ask you did the payment of your debt free you from the laws of speeding? No! The law is still in place. The same with Torah. Yeshua paid our debt, but we are not to continue sinning. Many times after Yeshua healed someone or did not condemn them said what? Repent and sin no more.
Baruch HaShem! Thank you for reading.
Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!