That makes sense. My wrestling with the expression a bit (or needing to) is a case of language and culture interfering with our understanding. When I hear the expression "He is a law unto himself," if conjures up a negative.
Yeah, that's where the accusing or excusing part comes in. And there's this.
5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
Works of obedience of course are obedience to commands. And those things that God requires of all mankind as having been created in His image and likeness, and to bring glory to Him, exist and remain steady even before it is revealed to us by God, whether one is saved or not saved. We are still responsible for, and bear the penalty of the sins that we commit against Him. There were people saved outside the covenant with Israel before the covenant was given. And not all in that covenant relationship were saved. It was even then a matter of faith---of the heart towards God. I.e. Abraham, Noah etc. etc.
Yes, the difference being the Cross, the rejection by the Jews, and the Gospel of Grace being given to Paul by the Risen Lord.
To me, that there is a difference in dispensations (the dispensing of grace at different times, which I do not deny) it does not follow that God is dealing in different ways, or dispensing grace in a different way with physical Israel now or in the future, than He is with Gentiles. To me that has already been done.
Well, we know this. So, though there was grace shown in the OT, we can rest assured that the fulness of Grace didn't come until Jesus came to die on the cross.
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth
came by Jesus Christ.
Eph. 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace
, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood
, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace