Paul has explained in chapter 1 how a person is lost in sin even if they’ve never heard the Gospel. They know by God’s creation that there is an eternal Godhead, and it is a choice they face how they will treat God when they come to the realization of Him. In chapter 2, Paul goes into further detail about how someone is judged, both the ignorant and the knowledgable.
Immediately in chapter 2, Paul says we will be judged in how we judge others.
Romans 2:1 “…for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.”
How are we as sinners worthy to judge others? We cannot. God is the only just Judge. We need to have our walk with God a close one, and our deeds just, and allow God to judge both the righteous and the unjust. I am reminded of the prayer which Jesus taught to the disciples:
Matthew 6:12 “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”
We are judged by the standard in which we set. If we are unforgiving, we cannot expect God to forgive us.
Verse 5 refers to “reaping and sowing” which Paul referred to in chapter 1.
“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;”
This is a pretty wordy verse. Let’s break it down into segments to get a better understanding of it.
- AFTER, Greek word is kata, meaning “down from”
- HARDNESS, Greek word sklerotes, meaning “stubbornness”
- IMPETITENT, Greek word ametanoetos, meaning “unrepentant”
- TREASUREST UP, Greek word thesaurizo, meaning “gather together”
- UNTO THYSELF, Greek word seautou, meaning “for yourself”
- AGAINST, Greek word en, meaning “in”
We get from this the following: You have gathered together for yourself wrath. This will be revealed in the righteous judgement of God in the day of wrath. It is caused by the stubbornness and unrepentance of your heart.
By living in sin and lust, you are storing up the wrath of God for the day of judgment. Sometimes when we sin, we pay the consequences right then. Sometimes it is a long time later. We have to keep in mind that there is always a price to pay for sin. Whether or not we pay in this life, one thing can be certain. When we live in sin, we will need to have made a payment when judgment day comes.
What are we as Christians storing up for judgment day? Are we living for God, or are we storing up the wrath of God?
Matthew 6:20 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:”
We can either store treasures in heaven, or we can store wrath for the judgment day. Hmmmm. Seems like a pretty simple choice, doesn’t it?
We’ll continue the review of Romans chapter 2 tomorrow.