1 Consequently, you are without defense, whoever you are, when you criticize someone else. For on whatever grounds you criticize another, you criticize yourself, because you who are accusing practice similar things. 2 Now we know that God’s condemnation is based on a true case against those who practice such things. 3 So do you think, whoever you are, when you criticize those who practice such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape God’s condemnation? 4 Or do you have disdain for the riches of his kindness, forbearance, and patience, and yet do not know that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? 5 But because of your obstinacy and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath for yourselves in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous condemnation is going to be revealed! 6 He will repay each one according to his works: 7 eternal life to those who by consistently doing good works seek glory and honor and immortality, 8 but wrath and fury to those who live in selfish ambition and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness. 9 There will be affliction and distress on everyone who does evil, on the Jew first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, for the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 Because there is no partiality with God.
a true case
In Romans 2, Paul speaks to those Christians in Rome who had a good Jewish upbringing and could be proud of their access to God’s law. He reminds them that they came to faith in Christ the same way their Gentile fellow Christians did. They repented of their sins and put their trust in Christ’s way, not their own. Because even those who have access to the word do not follow it consistently. So we all need the atoning death of Christ. God’s judgment day will not give a passing grade to those who merely had the truth. It will condemn all sinners. God has a true case against all of us. That is why the gospel is good news to everyone.
LORD, thank you for making a way for us, when we had already rejected the law. Thank you for the gospel of grace.