Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
Romans 2:13-14 (NLT)
13 For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight.
14 Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it.
For years I have heard people try and use these verses to justify that we don’t need to accept Christ as Savior, but all we need to do is be good. The assumption that they are trying to draw is that a person can get to heaven simply by being good, and thus, work their way into heaven. Is that what Paul is saying? Not hardly! Paul is giving us a general principle that says God judges all people equally based on how they live. However, this must be interpreted by what Paul is trying to say in the larger context that none of us can be good enough to fulfill God’s standards (Rom. 3:23). None of us can consistently be good enough to match up to the righteous standards of a holy God. You might say, “Gee that doesn’t sound like good news!” Yes, but that is not the end of the story. You see because of what Jesus did for us on the cross we don’t have to try and live up to God’s standards as a result of Jesus taking the punishment for our sins. Like the old song says, “He paid a price He did not owe; I owed a price I could not pay.” That my friends is the Good News!