Romans 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law  13 (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; 14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, 15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) 16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.

 V11-15 Judgement according to Impartiality

Acts 10:34-43 is the key

V-12 Sinned in the law, judged by the law

Luke 12:41-48 Faithful steward-- those having greater knowledge fall into greater judgement

V-13 will be justified

James 1:22-26

You can't have real faith without works, deeds and fruit

James 2:14-26 says faith without works is dead but I will show you my faith by my works

V-14 by nature do the law--without Scripture men naturally know right from wrong and establish laws based on this natural knowledge

Law unto themselves-- the practice of some good deeds and the avoidance of some evil ones shows they know there is a God.

A knowledge which will witness against them in the day of judgement

John 5:45-47

V-15 their thoughts accusing or else excusing

1 Tim 4:2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,

Eph 4:17-19.

If we want to do something bad enough we can always justify our actions somehow

1.    V16 Certainty of Judgement

Secrets refers to the motives of men

·       Secret sins will be revealed

Psalms 139:1 LORD, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.

Psalms 140:1 Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men, 2 Who plan evil things in their hearts;

·       Secret service will be rewarded

1Corinth 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one's praise will come from God.

Acts 17:31 “because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead."

Rev 20:11-15

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