Romans 2:1-11, Personal Commentary


~ Romans 2:1-11

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.

But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth

against them which commit such things.

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?

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness

and forbearance and longsuffering;

not knowing that the goodness of God

leadeth thee to repentance?

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;

Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

To them who by patient continuance in well doing

seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

But unto them that are contentious,

and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness,

indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish,

upon every soul of man that doeth evil,

of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good,

to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

For there is no respect of persons with God.


This is a continuation from chapter I, Paul expounding on sin.

We know that the Romans have knowledge of God and now have received the good news.

It is clear in Paul’s approach that his audience has not moved beyond the principles of the doctrine of Christ. The subject at hand is their eternal judgment.

Because of the uncleanness of their hearts (refer to chapter i), Paul now pronounces them guilty as hypocrites. They have received the gospel with gladness and now believe they can judge others.

It is to the heart stained with sin to which Paul is reaching out; as it is in Hebrews,

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ,

let us go on unto perfection;

not laying again the foundation . . . of eternal judgment

And this will we do, if God permit

~ Hebrews 6:1-3.


The Jew was not able to attain righteousness through the Mosaic law though it did benefit them. Nor was it possible for the Gentile without the law (in part iv).

They both knew to some varying degree the truth of God, yet they held it back in unrighteousness and in willful sin (in part ii).

We as Christians are guilty of sin when we assume the role as judge over others when we are commiting the types of sins. (see Luke 18:11).

Our sinful nature is inconsistent with God’s purity and love and in this state, it is impossible to continue in sin and please God.

 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers,

ye have need that one teach you again

which be the first principles of the oracles of God;

and are become such as have need of milk,

and not of strong meat. 

For every one that useth milk is unskilful

in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

~ Hebrews 5:12-13


Verse 1:

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. 

It is hypocrisy for any man to condemn others if they are guilty of the same sin. One example is the sin of adultery or fornication. We like Job are to, ‘make a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?

That means more than not intentionally looking at women inconveniently, but going where they may be found to entice you (sporting events, bars, TV, etc.).

Living in this type of hypocrisy cannot stand in the light of God’s love and desire to save us from our sins while His righteous judgment denounces our sins.

God calls us to have our heart cleansed, purified, and freed from all sin. He demands that we complete the process He started moving on from the doctrine of Christ unto perfection.


Verse 2:

 But we are sure that the judgment of God

is according to truth against them

which commit such things.

God does not distinguish between believers or nonbelievers regarding God’s eternal judgment. Paul is specifically speaking to those who continue in willful sin while judging others in hypocrisy.

This is a sound warning of impending judgment to those believers who; fail to act and completely turn from their sins, have their hearts purified, and move on to perfection in the love of God and others.

Knowing the truth and following it is not nearly as easy as it seems. Over the millennia, our understanding has been darkened through sin, and the doctrine of the Bible has been corrupted through multitudes of teachers.

Most assuredly we will continue sin unless God changes us from the inside out. This is the underlying problem in the church today: Not moving on to perfection or sanctification.

If our heart remains stained with sin, we cannot in complete measure be free from its corruption and influences. We have not done as Jesus commanded and not fall,

And that which fell among thorns are they,

which, when they have heard, go forth,

and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life,

and bring no fruit to perfection.

~ Luke 8:14


Here are some supporting references: (Psalm 24:4; Proverbs 20:9; Matthew 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:5; 2 Timothy 2:22; Hebrews 10:22; 1 Peter 1:22)


Paul is warning the Romans that if they do not move onto perfection, they too will fall by the wayside or the thorns of life will ensnare them as they already have.

God wants to shed His love abroad in our hearts but it is our sinful nature that restrains Him. How can we truly be repentant if we are continuing in feed it?

We are in essence rejecting, repressing, and dishonoring God’s love.


We show contempt to God’s and His goodness toward us when we willfully continue to sin after we have been justified.

This is the worst type of hypocrisy. We keep on doing what we have been doing while we mix the truth of Christianity in.

This is defined many times in scripture as compromise, dead works, lukewarm, losing our first love, and continuing in sin. I dare not think that God will tolerate this in His bride. The Bible gives us warning of judgment when our heart remains stained in the darkness of sin.


Ecclesiastes 8:11 ~

Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily,

therefore the heart of the sons of men

is fully set in them to do evil.


Sin is like a virus. It grows and spreads inside us. It hides in places we are unaware. We become so familiar with it that it no longer resembles sin. It resembles our thinking. Now, it waits, looking for opportunity to quench the spirit.

Paul is saying here that the sin of others is no different than the sin in us for we are all born into the same sinful nature in need of deep and thorough cleansing.


Romans 2:5-6 describes how we as are storing up wrath for ourselves when our heart continues in hardness and impenitence. First to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

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;

Who will render to every man according to his deeds:


One the corruptions in the church today is the belief that when we get saved, we remain saved. This doctrine fails to consider many scriptures that indicate otherwise.

Sin hardens our heart. Sin also requires repentance and complete abandonment from any type of evil.

If we fail to deal with sin through the process of consecration and sanctification, we will continue to have a hard heart and the fruits that a hardened heart produces.

This results from impenitence; the belief, thought or act of failing to repent and cease from any and all sin.

We may end up seeing the wrath of God pour upon us.


The remedy is a pure heart cleansed of sin, overflowing with the love of Christ to God and our fellow man.


Verse 7 stands in sharp contrast to the first 6 verses. This is also true for verse 10.

To them who by patient continuance in well doing

seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life . . .

. . . But glory, honour, and peace,

to every man that worketh good,

to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

Perseverance is a key component to these verses. We must continue or persist in patient love, which speaks of the need to have our heart sanctified in perfection.

We must come to God for His sustaining grace. His grace will teach us how to live a sanctified life. That was His plan all along.

Verses 6 and 10 also stand alone in their absence of judgment or stain from sin. All the other thoughts in this chapter intimate judgment resulting from the acts of an impure heart.


Paul is identifying two types of people distinguished by the condition of their heart.

The works emanating from the condition of their soul is the determining factor God uses when He dispenses punishments and rewards.

To some; eternal life after they have purified their life, suffered trials, tribulations, and persevered until the end.

To most; they are described above as contentious. We already know that their hearts are hard and the have failed to repent (and by extension) cease from their sin.

Because they did not obey the truth (the pure love of God), but obeyed unrighteousness (remained in a sinful and carnal nature), they are set to receive God’s indignation and wrath.


When God’s judgment comes

there will be no Jew

there will be no Gentile

The holy will stand

the unrighteous be damned.


~ Philippians 2:12

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed,

not as in my presence only,

but now much more in my absence,

work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

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