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Reformation Study Bible – Rom 2:12–16
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Rom 2:12–16

2:12–16 The Jews were ready to appeal to the Law of Moses, which they had and the Gentiles did not. The implication was that in this connection God does show “partiality” (v. 11). The role of the law is a major theme in Romans (3:27–31; 4:13–15; 5:13–15; 6:14, 15; 7:1–25; 13:8–10). Here in his first discussion of it, Paul shows that what pleases God is not knowledge of the law but obedience to God’s will revealed in it. Therefore, “God shows no partiality” (v. 11).