The Inexcusable and the Unescapable
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. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. 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? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Review of the Gospel message of Romans “Righteousness which is by Faith”. We must recognise the profound statement made back in
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
The Gospel according to Paul is the revelation that true righteousness is revealed not by righteous living but by living by faith. This is mind blowing for the people living in the time of this letter and it is mind blowing today. Even today millions walk away from the gift of eternal life because they cannot accept this one truth of the Bible. The very idea that God will accept a murderer or a rapist who has humbled themselves and repented and put the faith in Jesus Christ and yet reject the guy who has never so much as told a lie because he did not believe in Jesus. This is too hard for many to accept and so they walk away from Jesus.
But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
It is important to understand where Paul is going with this as we look at our passage this morning. What Paul has been discussing so far in Rom 1 is quite easy for us to understand and grasp. It easy to see how that the wrath of God is revealed against the ungodly Lets just look again at the list in
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
No one would try and defend these unrighteous sinners. It’s clear that they deserve the judgement a wrath of God. But Paul must bring us all to the understanding in 3:23 All have sinned, all have fallen short of the glory of God. And so he turns his attention to the religious. And what an abrupt and direct way he does it. Because he knows what they are thinking at this point. He knows that they are saying amen, preach it as he comes to the end of chapter 1 and he calls them out right there and then.
The Inexcusable Judge
The Inexcusable Judge
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.
Paul puts this man in the same position before God as those who suppress the truth about God that is evident in all creation so that they are without excuse on the day of judgement. The Man referred to in chapter 2 who, as we will see, is a religious man who has not only the general revelation of creation but he has also the special revelation of God’s Word. And yet on the day of judgement they both stand before God without excuse.
This man has set himself up as a judge. Beware, setting yourself as a judge of others is a dangerous place to be.
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Paul says that this judge only condemns himself because he is guilty of the same things.
In contrast to this inexcusable Judge is the unescapable Judge or the...
The Righteous Judge
The Righteous Judge
But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
Paul just reminds us that there is a righteous Judge who will Judge and his judgement is according to truth against them which commit such things. So why is it that we feel the need to set ourselves as judges over others. Do you think that the righteous judge is not doing a good enough job? Do you think that He is unaware of what is going on? We know that God is all knowing and that He is just and His judgement is according to truth. So why do we judge others. Because it feels so delightfully good like we aren’t so bad after all.
Paul just wants to remind us something about this righteous judge. Look in vs 3
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?
Not only is He a righteous Judge who judges according to truth, He is also an unescapable Judge.
Or maybe you despise the riches of His goodness.
The Riches of His Goodness
The Riches of His Goodness
Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
As I meditated on this verse it occurs to me that there are two ways that we, or this man who judges, could despise the riches of the goodness of God.
1. We could believe that God’s mercy and His longsuffering gives us license to sin.
The judge of others looks lightly on his own sin and is a hard judge on the sins of others. He may remembers God’s mercy when he thinks of his own sin but he only considers God’s judgement when he looks on the sin of others. In this way a person could despise or misused the goodness of God because he dose not consider that Gods longsuffering is purposed to lead him to repentance.
2. When we look at the sinfulness of our society we could despise that fact that God is longsuffering with these unrighteous sinners, desireing, rather that God might destroy all the wicked from the face of the earth. Again, not considering that God’s longsuffering is so that they might be lead to repentance.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Either way consider what the apostle says here. God is rich in His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering.
the purpose is to lead us to repentance not to make allowance for our sin.