Romans 2:8

Romans 2:8 NASB
“but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation.”

The contrast of v7 and v8 are stark. They don’t represent ones path to salvation or damnation, rather the outcome of salvation (regenerate, with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit) vs the fruits of unbelief in Jesus Christ. Verse 8 does not represent believers. It represents those who have willingly rebelled against God in their unbelief and wickedness. They don’t obey Jesus, they don’t love Him, they don’t have the Holy Spirit living inside of them, they are still dead spiritually. This isn’t judgement, this is stating the truth as to where someone stands before God.
Paul shows this contrast to help his readers understand that God is just in delegating rewards and punishments for righteousness and unrighteousness. The key being that righteousness comes from Jesus, and out of that righteousness comes good works in obedience to Jesus. Unrighteousness is the state of mankind without the covering of the blood of Jesus. Unbelief results in wickedness, wickedness bears fruit to spiritual death and spiritual death brings about God’s wrath and judgement.

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