Re: DO YOU THINK ADAM AND EVE REALIZE ALL THE TROUBLE THEY CAUSED ?
Do men do righteousness and give God the praise by nature, or do they have to become a new man by the Grace of God first? The phrase "by nature" is talking about being by nature uncircumcised in the flesh, ie Gentiles. Even unsaved people are obedient to some parts of the Law, yet we know that no unregenerate man keeps the Law in every point, and the James 2:10 says if you keep the whole Law, yet offend in one point, you are guilty of breaking the whole Law. Also, Paul said that all are under sin. Therefore, Paul is not saying that unregenerate Gentiles keep the Law, he is basically saying that they were keeping it a lot better than many of the Jews were. Just as today, many who profess to be Christians are put to shame by the morality of some unsaved people. This does not mean that the unsaved moral people are righteous, it just means that many professers are not possessors.
Originally Posted by Noeb
The circumcision of the heqrt has always been accomplished by faith and repentance, which God leads us to. In addition, we as Christians have the righteousness of the Law fulfilled in us by faith and because we walk after the Spirit, not after the flesh. Our righteousness is not in our human nature, we have no righteousness apart from what has been given by God.
1 John 1:7- But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
2 Corinthians 7:1- Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.