Paul continues to tell us that everyone will be judged by God according to their actions. Good actions will be rewarded with good and evil action will be rewarded by wrath.
They that sin, and yet condemn the same sin in others, cannot excuse themselves.
Observation of sin in other should lead us to repentance for our own and thanksgiving for the kindness and patience of God.
If you take it upon yourself to decide who is worthy of condemnation and who is not, you condemn yourself because you are guilty of the same sins as those you condemn. This is not to say that we should not believe that God will bring righteous judgement on sinners. He definitely will. But we who know this, will not escape judgement if we place ourselves in God’s seat and judge other sinners because we are just as guilty as they are.
By judging other we are missing the point. In essence, we are despising the abundance of God’s kindness, forbearance, and patience. Rather, we need to come to the understanding that God’s kindness is meant to bring us to repentance. In Ezekiel 18:23 we read, “Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked? saith the Lord Jehovah; and not rather that he should return from his way, and live?”
If God’s kindness does not soften our heart and does not lead us to repentance, knowing God’s word and condemning others only heaps judgement on ourselves.
Whether Jews or Gentiles, no one will escape judgement.
God is and will be just in His judgement.
We are to remember that God will reward us on the day of judgement based on the things we have done. If we have patiently sought righteousness and holiness, we will be rewarded with eternal life. If we have been resistant to righteousness or have been double-minded, we will face God’s wrath.
It will not matter if we are Jews, Gentiles, believers or not. God will not show favour to anyone, but rather He will be righteous in His judgement. Those who know God’s word will be judged according to His word and those that have not heard His word will be judged apart from the word.
This is because it is not hearing God’s word but doing the things that God’s word tells us to do that makes us righteous before God. Those that have not heard God’s words are accused or defended by their nature and consciousness. God will dig deep into us and judge us according to those things that we have suppressed or kept secret.
This does not discount salvation by Grace because salvation by grace is through belief in Jesus Christ and we can only prove that we believe Him by obeying Him. In Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus says, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy by thy name, and by thy name cast out demons, and by thy name do many mighty works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”