1 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.
This verse is talking about the hypocritical moralist. I say this because did Paul not just judge others, that is, “according to the current “world’s” definition of judging” in Romans 1:18-32, which we just read last week?
Would Paul be contradicting himself within one short paragraph of the letter that he is currently writing? Absolutely not, that would be absurd to even think that. Therefore, this verse cannot be talking about someone who is simply preaching, teaching, or sharing the word of God with others. Sharing God’s word with others cannot be considered judging someone as the world defines judging as evidenced by Paul’s writing.
Rather, sharing God’s word PROPERLY is simply doing what God has commanded the Christian to do. And, that is showing that all men, in their unrepentive state, are sinners and that they will ALL suffer condemnation at the hands of God if they continue on their current path no matter how big or little you feel your sin is. In God’s eyes, sin is sin. There are no big sins, nor are there little sins in the eyes of God. All sin is the same to God.
Sharing the word of God is not judgment, my friend. However, what it is, is God’s love is coming down to you, the sinner, in order to show you the consequences that will happen to you if you choose not to repent. God is Holy and cannot dwell with sin, and that includes the sinner. The fact is, the sinner is the vessel that sin resides in. This vessel must be cleansed by Jesus’ life changing power in order for you to become a new creation, and your old vessel to become purified and justified in the eyes of God. Once you are born again (saved), you must then fill your spirit, with the help of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, with the ways of God from there on out. Jesus will not leave you nor forsake you, but help you on your journey. You do not have to, nor can you, do this on your own.
You are the captain of your vessel (your body and your spirit) and where you choose to sail it and what path you choose to take it on is completely up to you, and only you. Jesus will never force you to follow Him. However, if you choose not to follow Him, it will only bring the condemnation of a tortuous Hell upon your spirit when you die if you choose not to accept or believe in Him. This is because of the very reason that I stated earlier. Our Holy God cannot dwell with sin, nor a vessel of sin. This plan of salvation is ordained by Father God. If you want to know how you can be saved, please check out our page entitled, “5 Steps To Receiving Jesus.”
Let’s get back on our topic now. Christians are often time “accused,” in fact, “JUDGED,” themselves by the other side, and often times even from within by other so called “Christians” for simply sharing God’s word as Paul did in verse 1. For those of you who do this, especially if you label yourself as a Christian, you may want to stop and reconsider your argument. You see, by continuing to call out your brothers and sisters in Christ who are sharing the word of God, you are in fact calling both Paul and Jesus hypocrites and basically saying that they were incompetent in the job they were doing.
May I also remind you that the spirit and the conscience of the sinner becomes convicted by the sharing of God’s word? If a sinner never hears God’s holy law, they will not know that they stand guilty before God, nor will they know how to get right with Him. When a Christian presents the Word of God correctly, the sinner man is trapped in his offense because he has been convicted by God in both his spirit and his conscience. He has no defense and no way out but to either acknowledge his sin before God or to strike back and say, “quit judging me.” Again, when a Christian is sharing God’s word, it is not man convicting or judging…. it is God.
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. – King James Version (KJV)
Now if man passes judgment on someone through our own morals, as the Pharisees did, or in a more culture sensitive setting for Americans as the Westboro Baptist church does in hate and pride, then it is no longer God’s judgment but man’s. This is when it becomes wrong because God is the only righteous judge, and the only one qualified to judge. Only God can see man’s true heart and motives.
I would also like to add…. verses such as the one we are currently studying (Romans 2:1), and others like (Matthew 7:1) that have the words “do not judge” in them have become a favorite tool among the liberals and Christians who refuse to adhere to the moral laws of God in order to self-justify living any way they want. However, they pull these verses out of context in order to make the Bible say something that it is not truly saying.
The people just described want to redefine God’s law through pride and their own selfish desires in order to follow what God calls their own evil desires instead of following in the ways of the Lord (which means boss, for those of you who don’t know). We read about a few of the evil characteristics (defined by God, not by the Christian) last week in scripture (Romans 1).
What is ironic, and even hypocritical by the very people accusing Christians of being hypocritical, is that after they trample across God’s Word and claim they are being judged by Christians who are in fact simply sharing God’s word and not man’s word, is that they actually have the gall to turn around and point their pointy little finger in the face of the Christian and say to quit judging me while at the same time using expletives and other methods of true hate including physical assaults and verbal abuse in order to get their point across. That, my friend is hypocritical. That is exactly the kind of behavior that Paul is talking about in Romans 2:1.
Is this to say a Christian should never judge? Absolutely not. In order to live, we must make judgments almost continually. God has given us common sense, and His word to make righteous judgments with. In fact, God’s Word tells us to test the spirits (1 John 4:1) and to beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15). If we did not judge and simply walked about as blind fools, then how could we do this?
I believe we have throughly defined this “judgment” issue now and have completely annihilated the enemy’s attack on trying to silence the Christian from sharing God’s word… at least I hope so. So, let’s move on now.
2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
As we can see, the Christian does not have to worry about judging or condemning anyone. We are only placed here as His servants to share the Word of God. Only God can judge and pass sentence. Again, let me make it clear. Our only job is to share His word and to lead others to Jesus. Judgment and condemnation is God’s department.
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?
This verse is very clear. For the person, whether they be a Christian or not, who does decide to take it upon themselves to judge and pass sentence on others while doing the same sins themselves, will face the judgment of God. So, don’t be thinking that you’re all high and mighty because you can call out and identify sin and then be thinking you have a different code of conduct to live by. Here is a worldly example for you. Say your driving down the street and someone almost hits you. You get all mad, and thinking you’re all bad and start bad mouthing them, blowing your horn at them and cussing them. Then, maybe a year later you make a “mistake” driving and start making excuses for why it was justified in your case. No, you made a similar mistake, just as they made a “mistake.” Don’t you deserve the same judgment that you passed on them, you hypocrite? This is what God is saying.
In summary for tonight, we can use God’s word to judge (to determine right and wrong) because it is HIS word. However, we cannot go around making up our own moral rules and laws as we go and judging others based on them. We also CANNOT condemn others nor force God’s way on others. That is not His way, but we CAN tell them of the errors of their ways based on God’s laws and what the consequences of their actions will be if they do not come to repentance. That IS NOT JUDGING. That is SHARING the Word of God, and what the Christian is commanded to do.
I believe we will close here for tonight, but before we do I would like to share one more verse with you. I feel that it is an important verse that describes the correct attitude that a Christian should posess, even though very few of us do. It is found in:
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. – King James Version (KJV)
Lastly, Please do not forget to keep those on our prayer list in prayer this week.