It Takes One to Know One


Romans 2:1-16 NLT

1     You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things.

2     And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things.

3     Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things?

4     Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?

5     But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.

6     He will judge everyone according to what they have done.

7     He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers.

8     But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness.

9     There will be trouble and calamity for everyone who keeps on doing what is evil—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile.

10   But there will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile.

11   For God does not show favoritism.

12   When the Gentiles sin, they will be destroyed, even though they never had God’s written law. And the Jews, who do have God’s law, will be judged by that law when they fail to obey it.

13   For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight.

14   Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it.

15   They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right.

16   And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life.


Matthew 6:1 NLT

1     “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.


Romans 1:24-32 NLT

24   So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies.

25   They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.

26   That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other.

27   And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.

28   Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.

29   Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip.

30   They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents.

31   They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy.

32   They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.


Christians judge for IDENTIFICATION not for CONDEMNATION.


  1. Characteristics of a self-righteous judge:


  1. He ACCUSES others and EXCUSES himself.

Many people have clear conscious because they have poor MEMORIES.

  1. He focuses on others WEAKNESSES and our STRENGTHS.
  2. He constantly seeks to establish the moral HIGH GROUND.
  3. He thinks he deserves God’s BLESSINGS


  1. When is it wrong to Judge?
  2. When it BLINDS us to our own faults.

Matthew 7:1-3 NLT1 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. 3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?

  1. When you want HEAR all the facts.

1 Corinthians 4:5 NLT – So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.

  1. When judgment leads to SLANDER.

Ephesians 4:29 NLT – Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

  1. When you assume the prerogatives of GOD.

Romans 1:16 NLT – For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.


III.      How will God judge

  1. According to our CONDUCT. (vs. 6-10)
  2. According to our CONSCIOUS. (vs. 12-15)

James 4:17 NLT – Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.

  1. According to our CHARACTER.


Chapter 1 is talking about NON-CHURCH folk.

Chapter 2 is talking about CHURCH folk.


Either Jesus will be your SAVIOR or God will be your JUDGE.


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