2 Chronicles 16-18; Romans 2

Romans 2: 12-16 All who sin outside the law will also perish without reference to it, and all who sin under the law will be judged in accordance with it. For it is not those who hear the law who are just in the sight of God; rather, those who observe the law will be justified. For when the Gentiles who do not have the law by nature observe the prescriptions of the law, they are a law for themselves even though they do not have the law. They show that the demands of the law are written in their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even defend them on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge people’s hidden works through Christ Jesus.

Paul simply states that all are under the law, at a minimum the law God writes on our hearts.  This hearkens back to Jesus’ words “Of those given much, much will be demanded.”  Those of us who have heard the word of God will be held to a higher standard: not justified because we heard it, but justified or condemned how we acted on it having heard it.  Mary’s simple but straightforward directions at Cana amplify this: “Do whatever he tells you.”

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