Therefore you have no excuse, [a]everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. 2 And we know that the judgment of God [b]rightly falls upon those who practice such things. 3 But do you suppose this, O man, [c]when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? 5 But [d]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, 6 who will render to each person according to his deeds: 7 to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; 8 but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. 9 There will be tribulation and distress [e]for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God.
12 For all who have sinned [f]without the Law will also perish [g]without the Law, and all who have sinned [h]under the Law will be judged [i]by the Law; 13 for it is not the hearers [j]of the Law who are [k]just before God, but the doers [l]of the Law will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles who do not have [m]the Law do [n]instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having [o]the Law, are a law to themselves, 15 in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, 16 on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus. Romans 2:1-16
All of us are born into sin and should never look down on those who are lost in the world and deceived by sin. We are simply saved by the grace of God and a desire to judge those who are outside of Christ is simply a result of pride. One thing we know about pride is that it always proceeds the fall. We must walk in humility in all things.
God rightly judges those who continue in wickedness because He is righteous and holy. God gives people time to repent and turn from their wickedness. He knocks upon the door of their hearts, but sadly people choose to reject the love and grace of God and instead pursue the lust and desires of this world. A major reason why people will not receive Jesus is because it would require them to humble themselves before God.
It is God’s kindness and mercy that leads us to repentance. We are simply saved by the grace of Almighty God and it is understanding this truth that will enable us to walk in freedom. Many struggle in their relationship with God because they do not rightly understand truth. But the grace of God is unmerited which means that we have not earned it. But it is simply a gift from the Lord unto us.
For those who persist in walking with the Lord and following the leading of the Holy Spirit will receive a reward when they enter into God’s kingdom. Salvation is by faith alone and it is not earned. But there will be rewards in God’s kingdom based upon faithfulness to the Lord while we walk upon the earth. A decision to follow Jesus is not a one time decision. It is a daily decision to follow and seek the Lord.
But for those who persist in doing wickedness then the only thing that awaits them is judgement. When people stand before Jesus someday they will have no excuse. The Lord throughout their life time reached out to them and desired to draw them near. But they instead desired to pursue the selfish things of this world and because of their rejection of God will spend all eternity separated from God.
There is no partiality with God and God will deal with each individual person. It is a frightening thought for anyone who chooses to reject Jesus Christ that one day they will stand before Him alone and the last words they will hear is away from me for I never knew you. To spend an eternity separated from Almighty God burning alive and no way to escape is greater than we can even fathom.
Sometimes when we are upon this earth and living a life that is faithful to the Lord and His purposes it can seem that we go unnoticed. But we can be sure in our hearts that nothing escapes the eyes of the Lord. When we stand before Him someday and have lived faithfully upon this earth for His will and glory we can know in our hearts that it will be an incredible moment that we cannot even begin to comprehend.
When the apostle Paul speaks of those who perish without the law he is speaking of unbelieving gentiles. Gentiles are anyone who is not of Jewish descent. It was only the nation of Israel that the law of God was given to to govern their lives and their nation. But every non-Jewish person on the earth has a conscience and when they act against their conscience and indulge in what is evil there are consequences that exist not only on this earth, but in the life to come.
Those then who perish under the law are unbelieving Jews. When Jesus first came to the earth He came to the nation of Israel and Israel rejected the Messiah. When the apostle Paul would minister he would always begin with the Jews and when the gospel was rejected would reach out to the gentiles. The apostle Paul makes an important point that it is not merely those who hear the law that are justified, but those who actually live it out. To claim to have faith in Christ but live a life that is contradictory to His word is a deception and lie and does not lead to true salvation.
The apostle Paul makes that point that even though the gentiles don’t have the law, when they do the things written in the law because of their conscience it is a law to themselves. For those who are in Christ our sins are forgiven and were nailed to the cross. But for those who have rejected Jesus all that they have done will be laid bare before the Lord when they stand before Him. They will be punished based upon the wickedness of their lives. See a person’s rejection of Jesus Christ separates them from God, but just like in Heaven where there is rewards based upon faithfulness, in Hell punishment and its severity is based upon the fullness of a person’s wickedness. When we take the time to really meditate upon what it means to be eternally separated from God it is a sobering thought. But it all the more develops with in us an appreciation and thankfulness for the grace and mercy of God. All of us today who serve and follow Jesus Christ is based upon the mercy and grace of God. What a wonderful Savior we serve and what a terrifying thought and reality for any who would willingly refuse His sacrifice and refuse His love.