The self-righteous are guilty also.
Paul established that the Gentiles, even though they did not have the law, they are guilty of sin nevertheless. They did not have the Old Covenant prophetic visions and the written code, but they had the nature that always reveals the character and exact nature of the Creator. The Gentiles did not think it “worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God,” obtained through nature. “Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not be done.” Romans 1:28, NIV.
Having established that Gentiles are without excuse for the choice they made; Paul turns his attention to those who did have all the necessary guidance. Paul, beginning with chapter two, addresses the Jews who considered the Gentiles unworthy of the kingdom of God. “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the others, you are condemning yourselves, because you who pass judgment do the same thing.” Romans 2:1, NIV. The self-righteous, who pass judgment on the “ungodly” are themselves demonstrating the ungodliness because they do not understand the nature of sin. The self-righteous are subject to the same judgment the Gentiles are because all righteousness comes from God only. Those who, on their own, are striving to obey the law are breaking the law because they cannot follow it correctly. The law demands perfect obedience to it.
Paul assures us that God judges by the truth those who are judging others. God, through His prophets, told the lawbreakers that they could not do good. “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots! Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.” Jeremiah 13:23, NIV. Because of sin in the garden of Eden, the entire humankind became a sinner by nature, and utterly unable to change its condition. Unfortunately, many refuse to admit it, because of their selfish pride.
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