"Therefore you are inexcusable, O man..."
Text: Romans 2:1
THE SUBJECT OF JUDGMENT
It is one thing to have God judge; it is another thing to have human judgment. The latter is highly flawed. The human tendency however is to be judgmental, and this is essentially worse (Cf. Matthew 7:1-5).
A WORD OF WARNING TO ALL WHO HAVE A JUDGMENTAL SPIRIT
Paul was aware of the fact that there was a strong Jewish community in the Church at Rome. He knew only too well the tendency of the Jews to criticize and condemn Gentiles.
“Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are
who judge; for in whatever you judge another you condemn
yourself; for you who judge practise the same things.”
1. Addressing all who judge
a) These could be Jews.
b) These could be self-righteous people.
a) Some claim that they can be excused even if they do judge others.
b) The list of wrong things (Cf. Romans 1:29-31) could serve as a yardstick to measure everyone by.
c) Nobody could ever say that he is not at fault at one or more points!
3. The important inferential particle “Therefore”
a) Paul used this inferential particle frequently in his epistle to the Romans.
b) It is always used to represent “result” or “consequence”.
c) An example of how this article is utilized.
i) Judging others for their sins.
ii) The person who judges is guilty of the same sins.
iii) Therefore the person who judges is “inexcusable”- he too is guilty of transgression in the sight of God.