Friday, November 22, 2013

The Condemnation of the Moral Man

"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." (Romans 2:1)

The text now transitions into a discussion on the condemnation of the moral man. Most people would find themselves in this category. Here is found the individual with some sense of right and wrong. This person probably believes in God to some extent and attempts to live a fairly clean life, at least in his own eyes. However, he is, as the text says, inexcusable. The word means without apology. Though in modern vernacular an apology is thought of as an expression of repentance, it's true meaning is a defense of one's actions. To give an apology means to give an answer. This is the wording behind I Peter 3:15. The so-called moral man is without an answer before God. As he sits back and makes self-based judgments concerning the actions of others, he forgets that the same thoughts and seeds of wickedness are in his own heart, and thus, he condemns himself. Every man struggles with this problem. Every man has his own standard. Standards are good, and judgment is good, but they must be Bible-based. They must be according to truth and not preference as the Lord said in John 7:24, "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment." The text says, "...thou that judgest doest the same things." All men have to some degree or another committed the sins spoken of in the earlier verses. At the bar of God's judgment hall, the thought or the desire is just as condemning as the action itself. As James 2:10 states, "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." One wrong thought, action, word or motive is enough to bring everlasting condemnation. In mercy, God is trying to bring human pride into the dust in order that He might cloak humble faith with Christ's sufficiency. The improperly fused bones of man's soul must be broken again and correctly reset so that they might grow straight, as God told Jeremiah, "See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant (Jeremiah 1:10)."

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