After yesterday’s posting on Romans 2:12 we know all will be judged according to Torah. In Romans 1:18-2:12a Paul addresses the Gentiles and then from 2:12b starts addressing Jews or those who have the Torah.
for it is not the hearers of the Torah who are just before G-d, but the doers of the Torah will be justified. For when Gentiles who do not have the Torah do instinctively the things of the Torah, these, not having the Torah, are a law to themselves, in that they show the work of the Torah written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, on the day when, according to my gospel, G-d will judge the secrets of men through Mashiach Yeshua. Romans 2:13-16
Remember Paul throughout Galatians and we will see throughout Romans taught we do not receive salvation by what we do, but by faith. We will be judged though by what we do, our actions whether we have the Torah or not (Romans 2:12). Paul in verse 13 says that though you have the Torah, you hear the Torah this does not justify you. You must do…Sh’ma…hear and obey…Torah to be justified. Now verse 12 that we look at yesterday makes more sense after looking at this passage. If we all are to be judged by the Torah then it makes sense that we will be justified for following Torah.
Paul continues on and says that those without the Torah, yet do the things of Torah this will help defend them when they are judged. It does not matter your election, the status at birth. All that matters is that you obey Torah. Yeshua gave a parable that taught the same thing in Matthew 21:28-32:
“But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’ And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he regretted it and went. The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, ‘I will, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.
Do you see the sh’ma? Hear and obey….It was not the one who said he would do the work, but the one who did it.
Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!