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Reformation Study Bible – Rom 2:6–10
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Rom 2:6–10

2:6–10 The ground of judgment will be what people have been or done (v. 6). Paul is not here denying what he elsewhere emphasizes: that salvation is a gift, not a reward (5:15, 17; 6:23). Divine judgment is based on every aspect of a person’s relationship to God. Only those who receive grace do in fact seek “glory and honor and immortality” (v. 7). Others are “self-seeking” (v. 8), not God-honoring. Paul teaches that while salvation is by grace, judgment is according to works (2 Cor. 5:10). Apart from grace there is only one verdict possible to “the Jew first and also the Greek” (v. 10; cf. 1:16).