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 Post subject: Another question on Romans
PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:35 pm 
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When Paul says "For he will repay according to each one’s deeds: 7 to those who by patiently doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8 while for those who are self-seeking and who obey not the truth but wickedness, there will be wrath and fury." in Romans 2: 6-8.

Is this just a set up for his later point that no one can do Good in the yes of God?

At this point in his letter he seems to be speaking about humanity as a whole, though with emphasis on the Jews and the Law, this is before his discourse shifts into the Justification through faith in Christ.

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 Post subject: Re: Another question on Romans
PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:06 pm 
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Paul is describing the God he has come to experience.

God is full of mercy and kindness. His anger now is revealed in the punishment which is a consequence of sin. The desire of God is for us to repent and experience his mercy. God wants us to experience eternal life and not the judgement of guilt.

The offer of salvation is not restricted to Jews and is an essential dimension of the revelation made in Jesus Christ (especially to Paul) and of the Gospel which he (and others) have been commissioned to preach.

Paul is a teacher presenting a careful argument inviting the Church in Rome (both Jew and Gentile) into a richer understanding of the faith.

So yes Paul is setting up for the later points in his letter but also each point has a word of challenge to believers in this part of the letter as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Another question on Romans
PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:11 pm 
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Nathan wrote:
Is this just a set up for his later point that no one can do Good in the yes [eyes?] of God?

Not at all. He wants it to be clear that God rewards goodness and punishes badness.

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