V.1: *Judge = condemn or criticize
• He criticizes others because they don’t love up to his standards. The only real standard is the Word of God.
• He would rather criticize and condemn his fallen brother than lift him up and restore him.
• This is inexcusable behavior, because he does the same thing.
• 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us that all temptation is common to man.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV) 13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:. . .
• It doesn’t matter how good you look on the outside, God sees the heart.
• Isaiah 11:3-5
• Matthew 5:21-22; 27-28 (hatred (murder) & adultery)
• God knows that man would carry out his thoughts if he had the courage and opportunity to do so.
V.2-4: The moralist thinks that he won’t be judged.
• He will not escape judgment, he will be judged according to the truth, the word of God.
• God’s judgment is according to truth, and totally just.
• God’s judgment is good, because it leads to repentance.
• God’s goodness is not a blank check to sin, He judges according to the truth.
V.5: The moralist has a hardened heart, he will despise God’s judgment, because he thinks that he is good enough. No one is good enough!
V.6-11: God renders to everyone according to his deeds, nothing goes unnoticed.
• “first to the Jews”, The jew’s priority of privilege was also one of responsibility.
• The principle of God’s judgment is the same for all.
V.12: Just as there are different levels of reward in Heaven, there are different levels of punishment in Hell. Luke 12:47-48
V.13: It doesn’t do you any good just to hear the Word of God, you must live it.
• If all you do is come and sit in church, you’re wasting your time!
V.14-16: The Word of God is written on every man’s heart. (We all have a sense of right and wrong).
• We come full circle to “inexcusable”
• Paul reemphasizes that all are without excuse, and all will be judged according to the Word of God.