Paul’s Letter to the Romans Part 11

This entry is part 11 of 35 in the series Paul's Letter to the Romans

They knew that this behavior was wrong. But sin was controlling 

their lives. Our societies today may be as wicked as society was 

in Paul’s time. But Paul’s words are still true. People still refuse 

to obey God. They prefer to follow their own desires. And then 

their own evil thoughts begin to control their behavior. And that is 

the reason why people behave in such a wicked manner. 

Part 11 

“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” 

(Romans 2:1). Some scholars have misinterpreted these words to 

mean something like, if you judge another person to be guilty of a 

crime, you yourself are also guilty. This, however, is complete 

nonsense. What Paul is actually saying here is, Jews, you are as 

sinful as the Gentiles; because you practice the same things they 

do. Both the Jew and Gentile, in this scenario, are equally 

deserving of death; the punishment for their sins. When you 

condemn an adulterer, and you yourself commit adultery, although 

no man condemns you, in your judgment upon the guilty person 

you have also passed sentence against yourself. 

“But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to 

truth against them which commit such things” (vs. 2). Here on 

earth, one is punished, and another escapes while doing the same 

sin. But in eternity it is not so. When Paul speaks of ungodliness, 

he shows both that the ungodly were so even with a knowledge of 

God, and how did they receive this knowledge, from God’s 

Creation which shows it clearly. Some might argue that it was not 

plain to all, but here he passes it over as a thing known. But when 

07/07/2019 2 | P a g e he says, “whosoever thou art that judgest,” he is not addressing 

himself to the rulers only, but to private individuals and subjects 

also. All men, even if they have no political office, nor 

executioners, nor prisons at command, yet even they judge those 

that offend, in conversations and public meetings and by the vote 

of their conscience. No one would attempt to say, that the 

adulterer does not deserve punishment. But it is others, he says, 

they condemn, and not themselves. There was no use for the Jew 

to think he would escape the judgment visited upon the gentiles 

so long as he was a as guilty as they. God had been rich in 

goodness and forbearance and long suffering towards the Jews. 

Instead of being led to repentance by this goodness, as God has 

intended, they had despised it and had grown more sinful. They 

were treasuring up for themselves “wrath in the day of wrath and 

revelation of the righteous judgment of God” (Romans 2:5); who 

will “render to every man according to his works” (Proverbs 

24:12). In that they the Jew will not escape anymore then will the 

Gentile. And for this cause, he stands passionately against them, 

and says, 

“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? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness 

and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the 

goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy 

hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath 

against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment 

of God;” (Romans 2:3-5) It was an easy matter to get the Jew to 

To be continued…

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