“for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified.” (Romans 2:13)
Justification is a gracious gift God extends to the repentant, believing sinner, totally apart from human work.
God declares a sinner justified on the basis of the merits of Christ’s righteousness. The sinner receives this gift of God’s grace by faith alone.
The message of Christ liberated people from the bondage of their sin. It was an offer of eternal life and forgiveness for repentant sinners. It opened their eyes, showing them that they must turn from sin, they need to change their lifestyle, to be committed, to yield to Christ’s lordship and welcome God’s righteousness.
On the other hand, it also confronted and condemned hypocrisy. It was a rebuke to outwardly religious people whose lives were lacking of true righteousness.
The Lord Jesus gave a serious warning: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.”
None of the outwardly signs can be viewed as evidence of salvation apart from a life of submissive obedience in following Him.
Scripture encourages us to examine ourselves to determine if we are in the faith. We must examine our lives and evaluate the fruit we bear, for each tree is known by its own fruit. Faith that does not result in righteous living is dead and cannot save.
Real salvation is not only justification. It cannot be isolated from regeneration, sanctification, and lastly glorification. Salvation is the work of God through which we are conformed to the image of His Son.
The Word of God invites everyone to not ONLY be hearers of the Law, but also doers of the Law. Having the Law or not having the Law is not what matters here. The important thing is to keep God’s will whether we have the Law and hear it (Jews) or we do it instinctively and it is written on our hearts (Gentiles). The doers of the Law will be justified, whether Jews or Gentiles, they all stand upon the same level before the justice of God.
The Lord bless you all!