No excuses, because every one of you judges
Romans 2:1 (ESV) Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. 2 We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. 3 Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.
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We read in chapter one the sinfulness of the heart and how far man had gone to get away from the righteousness of God. This is somewhat expected by those who are novices or do not know what Gods word states, however, as we revealed in our last devotional at the end of the 1st chapter, these folks actually knew better.
Romans 2 starts the same way with the same thought pattern and states that the one in iniquity is one who “judges”, they are one who sits in a seat of authority. In this time, much like today we had two types of people who judged
1) The religious judges
2) The worldly/Roman judges
In both cases, they saw themselves as the authority, the religious judges used the 613 laws to justify their position, the Roman or worldly judges used the law of man to justify his position. By both standards they could pull themselves up and declare themselves “righteous” and “fit to judge”. Neither were looking to God as the absolute authority and using man made positions (even positions of faith) and both would have placed themselves above the “immoral people”.
I think it is awesome that Paul wrote this having come from the zealous, law worshipping, Christian persecuting, and Pharisee background that he did. He saw the massive difference between “empty religion” or a “law keeping relationship with God” and the freedom that exists within the Christian life.
Paul isn’t just looking to expose the wrongdoing, he wants them to change their ways. He uses the very thing the hold the dearest, their moral superiority and compares it to the absolute, the law of God and shows how far they fall short of the perfect standard and the only way it can be achieved through the messiah.
Does anyone face that objection today? From “Moral Non-Christians” stating that they are good?
Both are hypocrites
You see, keeping folks in check in love (discipleship) is okay in God’s eyes as you are doing it for the benefit of the recipient. The advice is non-judgmental and done under the assumption that even if the person who is discipling has a struggle, it is a struggle that is not done in a hypocritical nature.
These folks were judging, but practicing the self-same things behind closed doors. Jesus called these type of people “whitewashed tombs” who look great and holy on the outside but reek of death internally where it really matters. Paul is speaking to the ones who know better when he speaks in verses 2-5.
The “heart” of the matter
…Is of course the heart, their hearts were hard, they had the knowledge, they should have had the wisdom, they know God was long suffering and slow to anger and quick to love. But Paul tells them they are storing up their own judgment and they need to repent.
The Christian is no better than the sinner! They have just realized that God has been better to them than they deserve, that God sent a solution to the problem that man created. That despite the mockery, the ignorance and all that man can throw at God; God is perfectly willing and able to forgive. God has come 99% of the way, we just have to complete that 1% and accept the free gift that is freely available from a loving father God.
This is what sets the Christian apart, our willingness to serve God out of gratitude that he was so gracious to us. We still mess up, still sin, but we humble ourselves and repent.
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