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Paul continues his argument in this section that no one is in any position to judge others because each group Jews and Gentiles is indicted according to its own groups accountability before God He masterfully focuses here on the Jews special primary status in being judged by God to receive distress for doing evil and also in receiving Gods honor and peace for doing good Though the groups in Rome may be in tension with each other under God they have unity in that each is under Gods judgment Paul in effect is dissolving barriers between them in arguing down accusations against each other in effect setting up the need each group has for the gospel of Christ Diverse as they may be they have something in common It is striking to look at Pauls description of the nature of God God will judge but first God gives the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience God is a God of justice and the connotation of that attribute sometimes suggest to me a stern legalistic God Paul paints a picture of a loving patience and generous God who abundantly gives to us what we need bears with us and bears us in the hope of our returning to God This is a God who longs for us to enjoy God This God so loves us that justice for all is Gods priority Paul equates those who are self-seeking with those who obey injustice v 8 The ones who do justice will be justified v13 Paul is not focusing on intellectual assent or even on belief or faith in God but on doing justice When the Gentiles do instinctively what the law requires v14 He will repay according to each ones deeds v6 the doers of the law will be justified v13 gloryfor everyone who does good v 10 This is good news for
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