Romans 2:13

I have just returned from Monroe, LA where Mark Horne delivered four lectures on Romans. The lectures will soon be made available here. Elsewhere, Baptist theologian Sam Waldron is interacting with Lee Irons (disciple of Meredith Kline) on what Paul’s statement “the doers of the law will be justified” means. Waldron offers a quick survey of what the positions are and who held to them:

Holding the hypothetical view are Robert Haldane, Doug Moo, Stu Olyott, Charles Hodge, Henry Alford, and in his New Testament Theology George Eldon Ladd.

Holding a mediating position in which they seem to take Romans 2:13 as hypothetical, but verses 7-10 as real, are John Calvin, Matthew Poole, Alfred Barnes, and Geoffrey Wilson.

Holding the position that the judgment and justification of these verses are real are John Murray, R. C. H. Lenski, William Hendriksen, Tom Schreiner, James Denney, W. H. Griffith Thomas, G. Campbell Morgan (as cited by Thomas), Frederic Godet (as cited by Thomas), and C. E. B. Cranfield.  In Paul Herman Ridderbos also defends the view that this judgment is real.  In Paul: Missionary Theologian Robert Reymond also defends this view and, in fact, cites Murray.

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