12 Those who have sinned outside the Law will also die outside the Law, and those who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law.13 It isn’t the ones who hear the Law who are righteous in God’s eyes. It is the ones who do what the Law says who will be treated as righteous.14 Gentiles don’t have the Law. But when they instinctively do what the Law requires they are a Law in themselves, though they don’t have the Law. 15 They show the proof of the Law written on their hearts, and their consciences affirm it. Their conflicting thoughts will accuse them, or even make a defense for them, 16 on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the hidden truth about human beings through Christ Jesus. (Romans 2:12-16, CEB)
Most of us reading this are Gentiles. Meaning we are not Jewish by birth or by conversion. So we do not have the Law, but when we do what the Law says we show that the Law was written on our hearts, and it is not about being under the Law or having the Law, but by doing what the law says we show ourselves to be righteous. This does not attain us access to God, only the blood of Jesus and the relationship that brings can do that, but we show our faithfulness that even by not having the Law but still doing the Law.
We are judged righteous when we do the Law by God, not when we hear it, or read it, or know it. When we do it. It is not enough for us to know it, and we don’t even have to know it, we just have to do it.
And the big question here is what is the law? Is it all 600 some rules in Leviticus? Is it the 10 Commandments, and if the 10 Commandments is it the Hebrew Scripture version, or is it the reinterpretation of Jesus? Or is it the Laws that Jesus said where the 2 most important, on which Jesus said hang the whole of the Hebrew Scriptures, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, your soul and your mind, and Love your neighbor as yourself.
I know which I think it is, but it doesn’t really say.
So which Law is it?