Summary: A study of the book of Romans chapter 2 verses 1 through 16
Romans 2: 1 – 16
‘Yes’ - Your Honor
1 Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. 2 But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. 3 And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? 5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who “will render to each one according to his deeds”:fn 7 eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; 8 but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, 9 tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; 10 but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God. 12 For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law 13 (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; 14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, 15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) 16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.
To start off today, I would like to share with you something that really bothers me. If you have ever done this I would ask that you never do it again, especially if it somehow involves me.
From time to time people call or write to me about other people. They want to tell [ I mean report ] on the sins of others. In most cases they want to be anonymous.
If they write and do not put down who they are, I just throw their letter away. If they call and will not identify themselves then I inform them that I am not a Christian police officer, bounty hunter, or judge. I do not go out of my way trying to run down sinners.
Today’s study goes into this matter. A key word that is used is ‘hypocrite’. By definition it means an actor, that is, someone who portrays another character.
I think the biggest offenders of this matter are those people who work/serve full time in ministry. The biggest adversaries our Lord ran into were the religious hypocrites. Turn with me to the book of Matthew chapter 23 to see some of these confrontations,