Romans 2:9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
Ever wonder why Paul points at the Jews first? For me it comes down to God choosing Abram to be the father of all faiths. Abram heard God, believed God and obeyed God. It was the believing that was accounted to him for righteousness. That right standing before God was re-instated to mankind through Abram’s bloodline, his grandson becoming Israel.
In Israel God raised up mighty prophets, did wondrous miracles within their camps, blessed and prospered them. He also punished them when they turned to other gods in worship. They should have known better. They had the pleasure of knowing the way of righteousness and failed to incorporate it into daily life so that it should never be forgotten.
2 Peter 2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
At this time some will want to cry out “We live under grace.” True enough, but allow me to ask the hard question. What is grace without faith? You are going to hear about grace allot soon and rightly so. Keep in mind that grace comes through faith.
Think of faith as an inheritance, unmerited favor, received because God loves you. Will you be wise and invest that faith to increase your faith or will you waste it allowing it to be diminished so that in the end you have nothing to pass on to those you love?
Faith is a renewable energy which has to be used to increase, or wither with inactivity.