Written in their Hearts
A Sermon on Romans 2:13-15
For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them (ESV)
Do unsaved people know God's law? Is it fair to judge Gentiles based on a law they did not recieve like the Jews? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows how Paul anticipates that question and shows the universal guilt of all men for disobeying God's commandments. He explains that all of human kind have a type of law in their hearts, it is the conscience, and even so, all men can be judged according to their moral consciousness. A conscience is an individual’s sense of right and wrong, mostly telling us when something is wrong and condemning us for doing wrong things. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains that even though Paul is answering potential questions on salvation, he is not explicitly talking about salvation in this passage; Paul is talking about those who are under wrath and condemnation. Paul is also very explicit that no one can be justified by living up to the law or by living up to the conscience of their heart because no man can ever live up to either standard.