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Romans 2:03 - Neener, neener, neener

Romans 2:3

"But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God?" (NASB)

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? (KJV)

"Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God's judgment when you do the same things?" (NLT)

"And do you think, whoever you are, when you judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape God's judgment?" (NET)

Don't do as I do, do as I say! Sound familiar?  Is this not the real grist of our fallen nature that began with Adam, "the woman you gave me made me do it."  We are quick to neener, neener, neener everyone else while hiding that secret deep in our heart that will one day be brought into the light for everyone to see.  A crime is a crime no matter where it is committed!  No wonder Paul later warns us not to think too highly of ourselves.  We were saved by grace from the fire, not to sit in condemnation over others, but to be a light by which they would also find salvation--believing comes by faith and faith comes by hearing the Word of God.  Let me remember daily, oh Lord, from whence I came, and from what you have delivered me, lest I return to my sin as a dog to his vomit.  I live and breathe with new life because of Christ Jesus, not as a result of anything I could or would have done, but rather because of your great and wondrous mercy, for I have no reason to boast (Eph 2:8-9 paraphrase mine).

Romans 2:02 - The Judgment to Come

Romans 2:2 - The Judgment to come

"And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things." (NASB)

"But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things." (KJV)

"And we know that God, in His justice, will punish anyone who does such things." (NLT)

"Now we know that God's judgment is in accordance with truth against those who practice such things." (NET)

Do we really believe that the judgment of God really falls upon us?  We tend to have a greater respect for gravity than for God Himself.  Is the law of gravity more real than the "Law of Sin and Death" because scientist can see demonstrations of its existence?  Yet the same God created both! The problem is we tend to ignore the evidence of the damage that our own sin brings into our lives. Yet Christ stands ready to mightily forgive! 

Dr. John Gill reflects that this is a reference to the "judgment to come!" Practice is a good word choice here from G4238 (πρα?σσω
prasso?) which gives the meaning of habitual or repeated action.  This is where we give credence to the thought that we commit sinful deeds because we are sinners—Not that we are sinners because we commit sinful deeds.  God is just and respects no person and thus will bring his judgment to bear on "anyone who does such things."  How thankful are we who are no longer objects of His wrath!  How long-suffering is He who waited for the fullness of time to send His Son, Jesus to be our sin-bearer at the Cross where all things were made right.

Romans 2:01 - The Moralist Condemned

Romans 2:1

"Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things." (NASB)

"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." (KJV)

"You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things." (NLT)

"Therefore you are without excuse, whoever you are, when you judge someone else. For on whatever grounds you judge another, you condemn yourself, because you who judge practice the same things." (NET)

American values are much in the public discourse these days.  The topics that come to mind are: Abortion, Euthanasia, cloning, stem-cell research, and same sex marriage.

"America today is in a virtue deficit where our standards of right and wrong have become increasingly hazy.  Out of this haze have arisen great problems within our society including: hostility towards organized religion, sexual exploitation, the homosexual agenda, the demise of the family, and the culture of death.  Sadly, we now live in a country where children kill children, families are broken, mothers have been told that allowing an abortionist to take the life of an unborn baby is simply a matter of "choice," and where the public expression of our nation's religious heritage is considered a crime." Our American Values

We are living in the age of enlightenment wherein we have graduated from the Abilene paradox (group think) to the newest analytical phenomenon, the false consensus effect.  This is the collective opinion of the few that is believed to be an exact match to that of the whole population.  This is now used as a public relations tool to inflict the minority belief on a largely uninformed public.  Thus the self-proclaimed moralist tries to "deceive you with well-crafted arguments." (Col 2:4 NLT)  To wit, we have light and have committed wickedness and have no excuse for our sins before God and thus condemn ourselves.

"Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus." — Margaret Thatcher

Therefore - Διο? Dio. The force of this word here has been the subject of much discussion.  The design of this and the following chapter is to show that the Jews were no less guilty that the Gentiles, and that they needed the benefit of the same salvation.  This the apostle does by showing that they had greater light than the Gentiles; and yet that they did the same things.  Still they were in the habit of accusing and condemning the Gentiles as wicked and abandoned; while they excused themselves on the ground that they possessed the Law and the oracles of God, and were his favorite people.  The apostle here affirms that they were inexcusable in their sins, that they must be condemned in the sight of God, on the same ground on which they condemned the Gentiles; to wit, that they had light and yet committed wickedness.  If the Gentiles were without excuse Rom 1:20 in their sins, much more would the Jew, who condemned them, be without excuse on the same ground.  The word therefore, I suppose, refers not to any particular word in the previous chapter, or to any particular verse, but to the general considerations which were suggested by a view of the whole case. And its sense might be thus expressed. “Since you Jews condemn the Gentiles for their sins, on the ground that they have the means of knowing their duty, therefore, you who are far more favored than they, are entirely without an excuse for the same things.”

Thou art inexcusable - This does not mean that they were inexcusable for judging others; but that they had no excuse for their sins before God; or that they were under condemnation for their crimes, and needed the benefits of another plan of justification.  As the Gentiles whom they judged were condemned, and were without excuse Rom 1:20, so were the Jews who condemned them without excuse on the same principle; and in a still greater degree.

Whosoever thou art that judgest - The word “judgest” (κρι?νεις krineis) here is used in the sense of condemning.  It is not a word of equal strength with what is rendered “condemnest” (κατακρι?νεις katakrineis).  It implies, however, that they were accustomed to express themselves freely and severely of the character and doom of the Gentiles.  And from the New Testament, as well as from their own writings, there can be no doubt that such was the fact; that they regarded the entire Gentile world with abhorrence, considered them as shut out from the favor of God, and applied to them terms expressive of the utmost contempt. Compare Mat 15:27. Dr John Gill

Romans 1:32 - Ignorant NOT

Romans 1:32

"and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them." (NASB)

"Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them." (KJV)

"They know God's justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too." (NLT)

"Although they fully know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but also approve of those who practice them." (NET)

No claim to ignorance here.  We knowingly enter into sin and applaud those who do the same.  The Greek word here used is "to know fully, to gain or receive full knowledge of, to become fully acquainted with."  This ought to strike fear in our hearts because the knowledge is of "the judgment of God!"  No wonder, after completing this all encompassing indictment, ALL are found guilty.

Thankfulness then should be our response for being delivered from death. Our remembrance should be that we were delivered "without a cause" and have no room to boast. Rather we are debtors to the world that Jesus came to save! When we see the world through His eyes, and have a broken heart for those who are still lost as we once were, then will we have a genuine love that bears a credible witness to the Cross.

"There is one great lesson here: evil (sin) is progressive and you cannot stop it, once it is started.  Some people ask, 'Why should I go to church Sunday morning to worship God?'  Why should we come here to thank God for the things we have received during the week?  'Neither give thanks' is one of the first steps in declension.  If we keep close to Him, if we worship Him as God, if we have a thankful heart, He keeps us from taking the plunge such as these men took." Dr. Alva J. McClain, Romans: The Gospel of God's Grace


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