Main point summary
The licentious and the legalistic alike will experience the wrath of God on the Day of Judgement. Those who self-righteously condemn the wicked are thereby condemning themselves and need to look inwardly at their own wretchedness. Do we see our own sin or just the sin of our neighbor? Do we simply trust that God will be gracious while we keep on sinning, or do we see God's kindness as a beckoning to our souls to turn from sin and call on the name of the Lord for salvation?
Therefore you have f no excuse, O man,
In light of 1:18-1:32, you have no excuse before God,
every one of you who judges.
(I'm speaking to each of you who self-righteously judge the shameless men from Ch. 1)
For g in passing judgment on another
because by condemning the actions of these people,
you condemn yourself,
you are thereby condemning your own actions
because you, the judge, practice the very same things.
since your actions are the same as the very things you condemn.
We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things.
We agree that God has the right to pour out his wrath on the unrighteous actions aforementioned.
Do you suppose, O man— you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself— that you will escape the judgment of God?
Do you think you will avoid God's wrath even though you are doing these very things?
Or do you presume on h the riches of his kindness
or do you just assume you have security in God's infinite kindness,
and i forbearance
his extreme forbearance with the sins of his people,
and j patience,
and his patience,
k not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
without knowing that all of these characteristics are supposed to change your heart?
But because of your hard and impenitent heart
Nevertheless, because you do not see God's beautiful character and turn away from sin and toward him,
you are l storing up m wrath for yourself on the day of wrath
there is much wrath from God awaiting you on the day of judgement
when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.
when God will reveal his judgement.
What is God doing? He is displaying patience, immense love, an abundance of kindness through the gifts and mercies and grace he gives and he is forbearing with the unrepentant sins of the wicked. 2. What does this tell me about God? Exactly that, he is patient and kind and slow to anger and does not give man what he deserves. It also tells me that he will not be gracious forever to the unrepentant. There will be a day that comes when every man will receive God's wrath if he does not repent. Oh God, give me a heart that repents of my sin. Don't let me perish! 3. What do the people do in this passage? They judge - they self-righteously judge the immoral actions of the wicked, all the while doing those very things themselves. They sin and have no penitent heart They assume God will be gracious to them They ignore God's beckoning through his kindness to change 4. What does this tell me about living for God? Before judging others I should look inwardly at my own wretchedness and be broken over my own wickedness, rather than looking at others. God is calling the Christian to have a heart of humility and a heart that grieves and turns from sin, rather than having a self-righteous heart that only sees the speck in others' eyes. Listen! Listen to God's kindness and grace to you every day in every way, and then run to him! pleading for help and grace. "All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved". Call on Him.