It is my contention that Romans is all about the righteousness of God and how we can attain it.
Man, by default, tries to attain it by works. If they mess with the Bible, they attempt to get it by doing works of the law. It doesn’t work; the meticulous history of Israel in the OT shows this.
Yet many continue to try it. It is by faith that we are made right with God. This is not some mental game, but an actual reality. Believers are crucified, buried, and raised up with Christ.
We are indwelt with the Holy Spirit who leads us into righteousness. Anyone who claims to be righteous must do righteousness. Not only is this common sense, it’s also biblical.
In order to get to heaven we must do good as a way of life, according to Romans 2:7 and 13.
In our hasty effort to defend faith and grace, many have gone loopy when it comes to works and doing good. Take Scofield’s Notes on Romans 2 for instance, “In vv. 7 and 13 the cases are hypothetical.”
Scofield doesn’t think Paul means what he’s saying in Romans 2:7 and 13. That seems dangerous for Paul to mess with this like that. Seems to me Paul meant what he said.
The answer is not to run out and try to do good and keep the law. No, the answer is to come to Christ by faith, be made the righteousness of God, and fulfill the righteousness of the law by walking in the Spirit.
Romans explains to us the dilemma of righteousness–how a righteous God can declare unrighteous people to be righteous and also how people who are filled with unrighteousness can ultimately do what is right.
It’s the power of the glorious Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. What a Gospel and what a book!