How to Have Eternal Life on the Basis of Works
Last week, we studied the revelation of God’s wrath against human wickedness (1:18–32). No one escapes the judgment of God. But what if someone listening to Paul’s argument thought that that they might escape God’s judgment. Someone might argue that they will avoid God’s wrath because they are better than other people. Others think that belonging to God’s covenant people shields them from judgment. Some even try to earn a righteous status by obeying God’s commands.
How does Paul answer these claims? By establishing the standard by which every person will be judged. As v. 6 reads, “God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” Do you want to appeal to who you are and what you have done when it comes to God’s judgment? Then this passage tells us how God will evaluate those claims. Therefore, let’s listen to this passage that shows us how we can have eternal life on the basis of works. Two ways are set before us.