Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 1 Study # 8
January 4, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<088> Thesis: A person will only be determined to be righteous by God if he/she has acted in harmony with law. Introduction: One of the most confusing issues for men is the question of how God will finally respond to their behavior. It is confusing enough to be subjected to "experiences" in this world (what does the fact that I have been plunged into this experience mean in terms of who and what I am?), but it is even more confusing to try to figure out what my experiences will be in the next world. Because my experience in the next world is going to be a "static state" thing (there will be no alterations of the final judgments of God), it becomes a pretty critical issue for me to have some resolution of the confusion. Paul's statements in Romans 2:13 and 3:20, though designed to be a part of the solution to the confusion, are often misused so that they end up adding to the confusion rather than resolving it. Therefore, we are going to give some careful attention to what Paul wrote in Romans 2:13 to see if we can move toward a greater resolution of the confusion.