The Basis for God’s Future Judgement — Romans 2

We live in a world of spreading lies and snowballing violence, where some never face the legal consequences of their evil deeds and never stop misbehaving; while some follow Christ and suffer unjust prosecutions and persecutions. We live in an unjust world.

Therefore, these words of the Apostle Paul bring good news to some and bad news to others: there will be a future judgment someday and “God’s judgment is based on truth” (Romans 2:2). A time will come when those who have not suffered the legal consequences for the evil they have persisted in doing will face condemnation. Abraham said that the Judge of all the earth will do right (see Genesis 18:25). Paul agreed and wrote, “God will repay each person according to what they have done” (Romans 2:6).

People choose what they want to pursue in this life. Some will persist in doing good and in seeking glory, honor, and immortality. Even though they may suffer unjustly in this life, they will receive what they pursue in the life to come. While knowing they have failed God many times and have done evil, they have persisted in doing good. Such people will usually respond and welcome the good news of Jesus Christ when they hear it and they will follow Him. (Romans 2:7).

Others choose to pursue self-centeredness. When they hear the truth, they reject the truth and follow evil. They may or may not come to themselves, repent of their sins, and place their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. Because “God will repay each person according to what they have done,” if they continue to be self-seeking and selfish, if they continue to reject the truth and follow evil, they will suffer the just and legal consequences after death (Romans 2:8).

The good news of Jesus includes these facts. The Judge of all the earth will do right. No one needs to continue their self-seeking. No one needs to continue rejecting the truth. No one needs to continue following evil. No one needs to suffer the eternal consequences of their evil behavior. Why? Because they can turn to Jesus and entrust their lives and future to Jesus. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to save sinners from the power of sin and death and to grant them eternal life. People can turn to Jesus and be saved from what they deserve: everyone deserves God’s just condemnation, but “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

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