Having reminded them that God takes stock of the attitudes and acts of all His human creatures, and that He will render a just recompense to all, the apostle proceeds to mark the division between the two classes of humanity: those who shall be saved, and those who shall be condemned.  He begins with the saved, and describes them as those “who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality…”  He says that these shall inherit eternal life, as opposed to the contentious and disobedient described in the next verse.


We well know that the worksmongers love to leap on such a passage as this to prove that the apostle is assigning human behavior as the ground of salvation.  Such an attempt in a passage like this, where the apostle is going to great lengths to prove that all men are irretrievably lost, and can only be saved by the grace of Christ, is futile indeed.  It should be quite evident that the apostle is describing the character of those who shall be saved, and not how they are saved.  The Christian is one who lives in patient submission to the will of God, and in spite of all obstacles persists in well doing, knowing that to do otherwise would be an insult to the gracious God Who loved him and gave His Son for his soul’s salvation.  By continuing in the grace of God, we seek for that glory and honour and immortality which is the gift of God to all who come to Him on His terms.  We come, not demanding God accept us because we have patiently continued in well doing, but pleading acceptance based upon the merits of Christ alone.