Very powerful warning for two groups of people in the first 8 verses of Romans 2; we would all do well to heed the warning.
Let’s back in to these warnings in an effort to make sure they have their full effect.
Starting with a prayer:
“Lord, please do not allow me to feel entitled to the riches of your kindness. Please do not allow me to make any assumptions of your forbearance. Please do not allow me to take your patience for granted. Instead, impress upon my heart, Lord, to know that your kindness is meant to lead me to repentance, please grant me repentance and give me a heart of obedience and surrender to You.”
Before we take a look at the 8 verses that inspired that prayer today, let’s first look at 2 definitions:
To imagine; to believe; to receive as true; to think.
The exercise of patience; delay of resentment or punishment
Let’s take a look at the first group of people God is warning in these verses. Those that judge others for their sin yet continue in the same sin. Paul, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, asks a rhetorical question:
“Do you suppose…”
Who is the “you” He is talking to?
The “you” is those that judge those who practice sin, yet do them”.
“Do you suppose……you will escape the judgment of God?”
In other words, if you practice sin while judging others for the same sin you WILL NOT escape the judgment of God. That is the first group being warned here.
The second group are those practices sin.
Actually, they both practice sin, right? It is just that the one group practices sin while judging others for sinning. This group has the appearance of ”godliness” yet is just as unrepentant as the other group. Repentance is, and always has been, a key component of redemption. Repentance is the exhale that naturally comes after the inhale of being born again. God’s Word doesn’t leave any wiggle room for the unrepentant.
In verse 1 Paul makes it clear, in judging another for the same sin that you continue in is agreeing that it is in fact sin; so if you agree that it is in fact sin, why do you continue in it knowing that you will be condemned yourself?
Verse 2 drives home the fact that God’s Judgment RIGHTLY falls on those that practice sin. Those that practice, deliberately continue in, sin will face the condemning judgment of God when they die.
Someone might read that and say, “that’s not very loving”…Love is providing a way for a sinner to be redeemed (which God did through Jesus Christ)….Love warns of the wrath to come (which God is doing through His Word and His children)…there is nothing loving about holding someone’s hand all the way to hell while knowing the Truth all the while.
Verse 5 tells us that those that continue in sin are unknowingly having their hearts harden, and their continued sin and hardened hearts result in them storing up wrath for themselves. Those who are self-seeking and do not obey the Truth should expect Wrath and Fury.
“Lord, I pray that for those of us that believe Your Word to be true, that You will grant us repentance; give us gentle and humble hearts to glorify You and share Your Truth. For those that do not believe, or have had their hearts hardened, I pray that You will take their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Cleanse us all from our unrighteousness, cause us to walk in Your ways, help us to completely surrender to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.”
Romans 2:1-8 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. 6 He will render to each one according to his works: 7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8 but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.
Let’s take a look at the end of chapter 1 so we can see what the “therefore” of Romans 2:1 is there for:
Romans 1:29-32 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.