Sorry, I got distracted. I write these articles two weeks out, or sometimes a month out. There was a period of time I was so busy, I couldn’t write one every day, and those days I’d hurriedly write one out the night before. That’s a little too busy for my liking.
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. 2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. 3 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? 4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 5 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; 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God. Romans 2:1-11 (KJV)
INEXCU’SABLE, a. s as z. [L. inexcusabilis; in and excusabilis, excuso. See Excuse.] Not to be excused or justified; as inexcusable folly.
EXCU’SE, n. A plea offered in extenuation of a fault or irregular deportment; apology. Every man has an excuse to offer for his neglect of duty; the debtor makes excuses for delay of payment.
2. That which excuses; that which extenuates or justifies a fault. His inability to comply with the request must be his excuse.
There are several definitions for Excuse. The one intended here is, “my dog ate my homework.” It could also possibly refer to the first one, the relief from a duty. “you are excused.” Since the verse is speaking of eternal punishment, there you go… either definition works here. “You have no excuse” could mean, “you cannot justify your actions and beliefs” and at the same time, “You must accept your eternal punishment in Hell… you are not pardoned”.
Cold words, either way. The word “Inexcusable” here is its first mention in the Bible. It is ἀναπολόγητος, which would bring us right back to the first definition. Anapologetos – Ana, without. apology, excuse, defense or reason. ἀναπολόγητος can be found in this tense only twice in the Bible, the other being romans 1:20.
How did I derive that? Remember, you’re not just reading my studying the Bible – you’re supposed to be learning how to do this yourself! I looked in wordsearch, clicked the # button (that shows the Strong’s numbers), the Strong’s window showed the word and its defition – which I didn’t even read, since I remember this one from Seminary. I then opened a Strong’s Search window, clicked on Greek, and typed in the Strong’s number in there.
The thought here is – you condemn others for doing the same things you do. Out of your own mouth are you condemned. Probably should be the motto of every Independent Baptist church!
where’s the comparison/Contrast here? I bet you saw it…
Verse 2. We condemn and judge other people for doing the things we do… and then God’s judgment is compared.
Verse 3 asks the soul chilling question, “Do you think you will escape the punishment?” Romans 2:3 might be good to put on your church sign for a couple of weeks, until you start getting phone calls, emails and complaints. Hey, might even want to leave it up until threatened with legal action!
More on this passage tomorrow!