This chapter shows the Jew that he is a sinner and in need of the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. There are several times that the judgment is found in this chapter. These references to the judgment are important to us all. 1. The things in which we judge others will also be the things that judge us. "Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things." (Rom. 2:1). It is sad to condemn others while we are guilty of the same practices. The Jews were guilty of this and so are many people in the world today. 2. The Judgment of God is according to truth. "But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things." (Romans 2:2). God's word is the truth (John 17:17). We are told to "Judge righteous judgment" (John 7:24). If a thing is condemned in God's word then we can condemn that thing. The word of God is in this world to show us how to live and it will be opened judgment day to see if we have followed it. 3. No man can escape the Judgment of God. "And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?" (Rom. 2:3). Some of the Jews thought that since they were God's special people that they would not have to face God in judgment. How wrong they were. Do not think that you or I will escape the judgment of God because we will not. Say, friend, what are you doing with your life? Are you preparing for the judgment? We will be there and give account of our deeds (2 Cor. 5:10). 4. Men can store up wrath which will face them in the Judgment. "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" (Rom. 2:5). Hard hearted people commit all sorts of crimes against their fellow men. They beat, kill, rob, molest, steal, cheat, commit fornication, and other evil things through their lives upon this earth. Such are just heaping sins up and will face God in judgment with all these things against them. Many never think of this as they live out their sinful lives upon this earth. 5. Judgment will be according to each person's deeds. Romans 2:6. states, "Who will render to every man according to his deeds". There are only two kinds of deeds. 1) We can by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory, honor and immortality and reap eternal life. 2) Some are contentious and will not obey the truth and they will face indignation, wrath, tribulation and wrath. (Rom. 2:7,8). Which will it be for you and me? We have our choices in the matter but we will give account for the choices we make. "Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment." (Ecc. 11:9). 6. God will not respect persons in the judgment. Rom. 2:11 states, "For there is no respect of persons with God." Every person has the same opportunities of knowing the truth, obeying the truth, worshipping according to truth, and living the truth. We all have the Bible in our homes and can know the way God wants us to walk. Just because we have been deceived by someone will not justify us in the Judgment. We need to love the truth so much that we are not easily deceived by unscrupulous men. We should be testing the teachers to see if they are true or false (I John 4:1; I Thes. 5:21). Whether we are rich or poor, educated or uneducated, black or white, will not matter in the day of judgment. It will be our deeds that will be important. It is not who we are but what we are that will count on Judgment day. 7. God will judge the secrets of men on the day of Judgment. (Rom. 2:16). People think that what they do in secret will never be known. However this is untrue. The hidden things of darkness will be brought to light. "For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." (Ecc. 12:14). Men usually are not able to hide their wicked deeds from their fellowmen for very long, but one thing is sure and certain they haven't hidden anything from God for any of the time. The eyes of the Lord are in every place beholding the evil and the good. (Prov. 15:3). 8. Jesus Christ will be the judge (Rom. 2:16). God has appointed a day of Judgment and will judge by that man he has ordained, who is the resurrected Christ (Acts 17:31). Since God will judge by Christ it is up to us to obey Christ so he will be author of eternal life for us (Heb. 5;8,9). Matthew 25:31-46 gives account of Christ judging the people of all nations. 9. Judgment will be according to the gospel for those of us who live in the Christian age. (Rom. 2:16). The gospel is the power of God to salvation to all who believe (Rom. 1:16). How important it is to obey from the heart that form of doctrine so we can be made free from sins and be made the servants of righteousness (Rom. 6:17, 18). Continue in gospel light so you will be ready for the Judgment.
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