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: Romans 2:1-10 (KJV)
The goodness of God leadeth thee to repentence. To reject this is to despise the richness of God’s goodness, mercy, and longsuffering. That’s what the Bible says. You’re getting a subtle taste of what will be said at the Great White Throne judgment. Can you imagine the King of Kings facing those who refused Him and asking them point blank, “Why did you despise me? I was willing to forgive you time and time again. I came to you in love, begging you to accept my sacrifice for you. I sent my servants to you, and you despised them and treated them shamefully.”
Bad day for them to answer those questions. If you have doubts you’re saved, get that taken care of right now. You don’t want to be answering those questions.
The impenitent heart is “treasuring up wrath against the day of wrath.” Literally, it’s as if they’re clutching the anger of God Almighty to them, as if it’s the most precious thing to them. Okay, well, go right on ahead. The day of Wrath is coming. If you want it so bad, God will richly supply your every need on that day. Think about that, and repent.
God’s judgment is called Righteous in this verse. THose that patiently seek forgiveness and eternal life will have it, as well as Glory. God will boast of us on that day.
Those that do not, will inherit indignation and wrath from God, which means tribulation and anguish.
It’s funny that post-tribbers who bring up every other mention of the word “tribulation” in the bible neglect this one – because it doesn’t apply to Christians.
God repeats the promise to the Christians – Glory honor and peace, immortality, eternal life. To those of us who ofttimes treat God as if He’s second or third place, who do not attend His churches, who do not read His words, who neglect praying to Him, who do not fast, who do not obey His wishes…. God promises everything that every man deep down desires – honor, glory, immortality, eternal life, praise, peace.
Great is the forgiveness of God