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Paul’s Radicalisation of Law-obedience in Romans 2: The plight of someone under the Law

Philip La Grange Du Toit
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 50, No 1 | a2034 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v50i1.2034 | © 2016 Philip La Grange Du Toit | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 August 2015 | Published: 09 June 2016

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Philip La Grange Du Toit, Department of New Testament, Stellenbosch University, South Africa


This article re-examines the tension between Paul’s focus on the doing of the Law in relation to justification in Romans 2, and righteousness by faith in Romans 3:21–35. Taking into account current approaches to Romans 2, Paul’s references to the doing of the Law are interpreted as forming part of the conditions for salvation and justification in the old era before Christ. The impossibility of doing the whole Law and the total depravity of all people constitute the plight of the old era under the Law. This plight is set in contrast with faith in Christ and anticipates the solution of faith in Christ, which marks the new condition for justification in the eschatologically new era in Christ.

Keywords: Paul; Romans 2; New Perspective on Paul; justification; law


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