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Romans 2:26

26 So then, if those who are not circumcised keep the law’s requirements, will they not be regarded as though they were circumcised?

Read Romans 2:26 Using Other Translations

Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision?
And if the Gentiles obey God’s law, won’t God declare them to be his own people?

What does Romans 2:26 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Romans 2:26

Therefore if the uncircumcision keep
These words are spoken hypothetically; if any such persons could be found among the Gentiles who keep the whole law of God; and can only be absolutely understood of such, who from a principle of grace act in obedience to the law; as in the hands of Christ, and who look to Christ as the fulfilling end of it, for righteousness; in whom they keep

the righteousness of the law
perfectly:

shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
by this question it is suggested, that an uncircumcised Gentile, who keeps the law as in the hands of Christ, and under the influences of his Spirit and grace, and keeps it in Christ, is reckoned a circumcised person in a spiritual sense, and must be preferable to a circumcised Jew that breaks it.

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