7 eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; 8 but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, 9 tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil…Romans 2:7-9 NKJV
Proverbs 14:12, tells us that there is a way that seems right to a man but its end is the way of death. Why does that way lead to death— spiritual death? In the passage of scripture from Romans 2:1-16, Paul was writing about the righteous judgment of God. As you have heard me say before, good is subjective in the eyes of man but in God’s eyes, good is not subjective.
God has defined what is good and He calls on us to do what He has defined as good. There is a way in which we should and that way is in the way of Christ. The way of Christ is the way of righteousness. When it comes to the way of Christ, there is not “it seems right”— it is right. While people will argue over what is good and what is right, the believer is to continue by the word of Christ.
The word of Christ calls on us to love God and one another. Selfishness is not the way of Christ. Self-seeking, as Paul said, is the way of unrighteousness, indignation, and wrath. There is nothing but tribulation that comes to the self-serving soul. Do not continue in the way of unrighteousness because its end is a certain death. Continue in the way of Christ because its end is life everlasting.