Paul's radicalisation of law-obedience in Romans 2 : the plight of someone under the law
CITATION: Du Toit, P. L. G. 2016. Paul’s radicalisation of law-obedience in Romans 2 : the plight of someone under the law. In die Skriflig / In Luce Verbi, 50(1):1-8, doi:10.4102/ids.v50i1.2034.
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This article re-examines the tension between Paul’s focus on the doing of the Law in relation to justification in Romans 2, and righteousness by faith in Romans 3:21–35. Taking into account current approaches to Romans 2, Paul’s references to the doing of the Law are interpreted as forming part of the conditions for salvation and justification in the old era before Christ. The impossibility of doing the whole Law and the total depravity of all people constitute the plight of the old era under the Law. This plight is set in contrast with faith in Christ and anticipates the solution of faith in Christ, which marks the new condition for justification in the eschatologically new era in Christ.