Judgment

ASV

Wherefore thou art without excuse, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest dost practise the same things. And we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against them that practise such thingsAnd reckonest thou this, O man, who judgest them that practise 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?

REB

1 Therefore you have no excuse, yes you, every one of you who judges, for in those things in which you judge another, you condemn yourself, for you who judge practice the same things.
 2 And we know that the judgment of God against those who practice such things is in accordance with truth.
 3 Now do you suppose this, O you who are judging those who practice such things, and yet does the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?
 4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God is intended to lead you to repentance?

CEV

Some of you accuse others of doing wrong. But there is no excuse for what you do. When you judge others, you condemn yourselves, because you are guilty of doing the very same things. We know that God is right to judge everyone who behaves in this way. Do you really think God won’t punish you, when you behave exactly like the people you accuse? You surely don’t think much of God’s wonderful goodness or of his patience and willingness to put up with you. Don’t you know that the reason God is good to you is because he wants you to turn to him?

INTRODUCTION

Our subject today is not a pleasant one but one that needs to be dealt with. It is never wise to avoid the truth and today’s message is the gospel truth.

In chapter one, Paul talks about the depravity of the pagan world, those who worship different aspects of creation rather than the CREATOR Himself. These people are not only guilty of perverting worship, they have perverted sex and are involved in degrading and destructive behavior. In their stubborn rebellion, God has given them over to their sin. This is a part of His judgement.

In Romans 1:18, Paul said…

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth]in unrighteousness

In other words, God’s wrath or anger against sin has been uncovered so that we can see it presently…working in the law of retribution. Retribution simply means that all sins have consequences, destructive consequences. If we make bad choices, we reap bad consequences. We see this law presently at work in the world.

In Chapter two, Paul introduces another revelation of God’s wrath….

But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.

The word ‘revelation’ is the same root word found in 1:18 where it is used as a verb, here it is used as a noun. So we have two judgments revealed or uncovered: one is operation presently and one in the future. This second or final judgment is the one I do not want to talk about today but by the grace of God, I am.

TRANSITION

There are four things I want to say about this FINAL JUDGMENT.

I. IT IS ON THE CALENDAR–IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN

Jesus spoke of this day in Matthew 12:36…

“But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.

Hebrews 9:27 tells us it will follow death…

And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment

It will come at the end of time as we know it: it will be the final event before heaven and hell are settled. So understand, this judgment is FUTURE. It is coming.

II. THIS JUDGMENT IS BASED ON TRUTH

Human imagination or opinion will not mean a thing. Our so called supreme court will not be a factor; they too will be judged. We know that God is JUST and He is aware of all the facts. This judgment rest solely upon His character and authority. There will be no appeals. His word will be final.

Story

Right out of Seminary, I was pressured into talking to a wealthy man about his salvation. I didn’t want to confront him but a crazy man came and picked me up and took me to the field where they were picking cotton. I used the EE question with him, “Sir, if you died tonight, where would you spend eternity.” Without hesitation he said, “It better be heaven or there is going to be a rhubarb.” Rhubard is baseball slang for a fight, brawl or argument. My whole system shuddered when I heard him say this…there will be no rhubarb.

III. GOD WILL DO THE JUDGING

Let’s read 2:1 again…

Therefore you have no excuse, yes you, every one of you who judges, for in those things in which you judge another, you condemn yourself, for you who judge practice the same things.

The Jews or the moralist were not guilty of sexual perversion but they were lovers of money which is a form of Idolatry.

I heard a preacher say once, “I am not a judge, I am a fruit inspector.” Call it whatever you like but I am telling YOU…You and I are not the Judge.

I started a men’s bible study class at my first church after seminary. One of the men was a lot like me, he was hard on others. We were on a lesson about judging others when he shocked me with this confession…“God has convicted me that my sin of judging is worse than the sins I am judging.”

IV. THERE IS NO ESCAPE FROM THIS JUDGMENT

Verse 3…

Now do you suppose this, O you who are judging those who practice such things, and yet does the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?

The tendency of man is to divert the attention when he is confronted with his sin. When Jesus confronted Peter at Galilee, Peter immediately said, “What about John?” Jesus basically said, “That is none of your business…you do not worry about my plans for John.” Your final judgment, my final judgment will be very personal…it will not involve another soul.

CONCLUSION

The good news is there is ONE ESCAPE..Jesus! We do this by repentance. Don’t despise [devalue] the kindness, tolerance and patience of God. God’s kindness to you is not a sign of His pleasure with your life. His goodness to you is to lead you to repentance. The only way to avoid condemnation in the final judgment is to repent now.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.