“God will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.”Romans 2:6-8
Peace and good to all.
If I may share my personal reflection on the above passage from the Book of Romans.
Each one will be judged by God according to his own works; and, according to the desire of his hearts. Yes, we are saved through the grace of God, but our deeds are important too because they are the manifestation or outward expression of what is inside our hearts. When we come to face our creator, therefore, in the next life, we will be judged based on what we have done in this life. There is no take two, there is no editing of life lived on earth. Our final and eternal destiny is determined by what we do here on earth and not after we die.
The above passage says that those who persevere in doing good will receive eternal life and those who do evil will incur God’s wrath. Correlate this verse with John 5:28-29, where Jesus says “ Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.” In simple terms, it could mean, persevere in doing good things in order to have eternal life.
But eternal life is not just about doing good things in this lifetime. Eternal life is knowing God the Father and Jesus Christ, His Son whom He has sent to save us. Thus in John 17: 3, Jesus says in His prayer: “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” Thus, those who acknowledge Jesus before others, will also be acknowledged by Him (Luke 12:8-9). And, those who reject Him or who does not receive His words, will be judged by Him accordingly (John 12:48).
It is, therefore, our relationship with Jesus that is the basis of God’s judgment. Those who receive Him as Savior will not be condemned but those who reject Him, will be condemned for eternity. John 3:18-19, says: “Those who believe in Him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.” God be with you.