We must not judge other people. We are to obey the Law that is written on our hearts. And we are to obey the Scriptures. [UPDATED]
VERSE 1. Therefore you are without excuse, O man, whoever you are who judge. For in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself. For you who judge practice the same things.
whoever you are who judge. For the Christian believer, judging others is not permitted.
VERSE 2. We know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things.
VERSE 3. Do you think this, O man who judges those who practice such things, and do the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?
VERSE 4. Or do you despise the riches of his goodness, forbearance, and patience, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
VERSE 5. But according to your hardness and unrepentant heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath, revelation, and of the righteous judgment of God;
you are treasuring up for yourself wrath. Whenever we judge others, God will hold us accountable.
according to their works. God will repay each person according to their works.
VERSE 7. to those who by perseverance in well-doing seek for glory, honor, and incorruptibility, eternal life;
VERSE 8. but to those who are self-seeking, and don’t obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, will be wrath, indignation,
VERSE 9. oppression, and anguish on every soul of man who does evil, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
VERSE 10. But glory, honor, and peace go to every man who does good, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
to every man who does good. This is very inclusive. It includes every person who does good.
KJV translation. For there is no respect of persons with God.
Sirach 35:12. Think not to corrupt with gifts; for he will not receive them: And set not your mind on an unrighteous sacrifice; For the Lord is judge, And with him is no respect of persons.
John 18:37. Pilate therefore said to him, “Are you a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I have been born, and for this reason I have come into the world, that I should testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”
Acts 10:34. Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: (KJV translation)
Acts 10:35. but in every nation he who fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him.
Romans 2:11. For there is no respect of persons with God. (KJV translation)
VERSE 12. For as many as have sinned without the law will also perish without the law. As many as have sinned under the law will be judged by the law.
VERSE 13. For it isn’t the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law will be justified
hearers … doers. Many believers find this confusing. The Christian faith, they say, is not based on works or doing. Rather, it is based on faith, which comes by hearing.
Yet this verse only applauds the doing of the law.
We Christians say salvation is by faith. Yet the New Testament calls us to put our faith into action. Otherwise our faith is worthless. Read more »
VERSE 14. (for when Gentiles who don’t have the law do by nature the things of the law, these, not having the law, are a law to themselves,
VERSE 15. in that they show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience testifying with them, and their thoughts among themselves accusing or else excusing them)
the law written in their hearts. This is the Law that is the most relevant to most people.
their conscience testifying. This verse correlates the Law written on our hearts with the voice of our conscience.
VERSE 16. in the day when God will judge the secrets of men, according to my Good News, by Jesus Christ.
VERSE 17. Indeed you bear the name of a Jew, rest on the law, glory in God,
VERSE 18. know his will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law,
VERSE 19. and are confident that you yourself are a guide of the blind, a light to those who are in darkness,
VERSE 20. a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of babies, having in the law the form of knowledge and of the truth.
VERSE 21. You therefore who teach another, don’t you teach yourself? You who preach that a man shouldn’t steal, do you steal?
VERSE 22. You who say a man shouldn’t commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?
VERSE 23. You who glory in the law, do you dishonor God by disobeying the law?
VERSE 24. For “the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” just as it is written.
blasphemed among the Gentiles. When we Christian believers misbehave, we push non-Christians away from the Lord Jesus Christ.
VERSE 25. For circumcision indeed profits, if you are a doer of the law, but if you are a transgressor of the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.
VERSE 26. If therefore the uncircumcised keep the ordinances of the law, won’t his uncircumcision be accounted as circumcision?
VERSE 27. Won’t the uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfills the law, judge you, who with the letter and circumcision are a transgressor of the law?
VERSE 28. For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, neither is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh;
VERSE 29. but he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit not in the letter; whose praise is not from men, but from God.
circumcision is that of the heart. Many people imagine that our conversion is indicated by means of external actions.
However, the “circumcision” of our conversion is inward, not outward.
Jeremiah 4:4. Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, you men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem; lest my wrath go out like fire, and burn so that no one can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.
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