1Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.

  • This portion of scripture is Paul doing something he will do a few times in this book.  He is talking to a fictional jewish person.  One who is NOT YET SAVED.  The principals are true regardless but it helps to know what he is up to.
  • There is no human who has better standing before God than another - OTHER THAN CHRIST
  • we have no place to think ourselves more righteous than anyone else.

 2And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practicesuch things. 3But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same [yourself], that you will escape the judgment of God?

  • He is just preaching Jesus - Luke 6 and Matt 7
    • take the plank out of your own eye FIRST
    • lets remember that we are just as sinful as anyone we would pass judgement on.

 4Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience,not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?

  • Whatever God HAS shown us has come from the glorious kindness of God - not from our own worth.
  • And God has been exercising that goodness toward us in order to guide us to repentance - to change who we are.  Not to reinforce our thoughts about how WORTHY we are!
  • You do not receive blessing based on your righteousness you receive it because of GODS kindness.

 5But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

  • If we live under the kindness of God for so long and stay the SAME we are making our punishment worse and worse
  • let every ounce of grace God pours into our hearts turn us and cause us to change the way we think about ourselves and about God - repent