1 Those people are on a dark spiral downward.
But if you think that leaves you on the high ground
where you can point your finger at others,
Every time you criticize someone,
you condemn yourself.
It takes one to know one.
Judgmental criticism of others
is a well-known way of escaping detection
in your own crimes and misdemeanors.
2 But God isn't so easily diverted.
He sees right through all such smoke screens
and holds you to what you've done.
3 You didn't think, did you,
that just by pointing your finger at others
you would distract God from seeing all your misdoings
and from coming down on you hard?
4 Or did you think that because he's such a nice God,
he'd let you off the hook?
Better think this one through from the beginning.
God is kind, but he's not soft.
In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand
and leads us into a radical life-change.
5You're not getting by with anything.
Every refusal and avoidance of God adds fuel to the fire.
The day is coming when it's going to blaze hot and high, God's fiery and righteous judgment.
6 Make no mistake:
In the end you get what's coming to you -
7 Real Life for those who work on God's side,
8 but to those who insist on getting their own way
and take the path of least resistance, Fire!
9 If you go against the grain, you get splinters,
regardless of which neighbourhood you're from,
what your parents taught you,
what schools you attended.
10 But if you embrace the way God does things,
there are wonderful payoffs,
again without regard to where you are from
or how you were brought up.
11 Being a Jew won't give you
an automatic stamp of approval.
God pays no attention to what others say
(or what you think) about you.
He makes up his own mind.
12 If you sin without knowing what you're doing,
God takes that into account.
But if you sin knowing full well what you're doing,
that's a different story entirely.
13Merely hearing God's law
is a waste of your time
if you don't do what he commands.
Doing, not hearing,
is what makes the difference with God.
14 When outsiders who have never heard of God's law
follow it more or less by instinct,
they confirm its truth by their obedience.
15 They show that God's law is not something alien,
imposed on us from without,
but woven into the very fabric of our creation.
There is something deep within them
that echoes God's yes and no, right and wrong.
16 Their response to God's yes and no
will become public knowledge
on the day God makes his final decision
about every man and woman.
The Message from God that I proclaim
through Jesus Christ takes into account all these differences.
Week #1 Tuesday - Chapter 2:1-16
1Therefore, O human being,
thou art without excuse,
everyone who acts as judge,
for by that
in which thou judgest another
thou condemnest thyself,
since thou the judge
doest the same things.
that God’s condemnation
is justly pronounced
who do such things.
3Dost thou then think,
O human being,
that thou shalt escape
thou who judgest
those who do such things
and dost them thyself?
4Or doest thou despise
of his kindness,
and his patience?
Dost thou not know
that God’s kindness
is meant to lead thee
5But according to
and unrepentant heart
thou art storing up
wrath for thyself
on the day
and the revelation
of the righteous judgment
6who “will render
7the life of the age to come
who with perseverance
in the good work
who are selfish
and disobey the truth
but obey injustice.
9There will be tribulation
for every human person
who works evil,
for the Jew of course
but also for the Greek,
10and there will be glory
who works good,
for the Jew
for the Greek.
11For there is
who have sinned lawlessly
will also perish like outlaws,
and those who have sinned against Torah
will be judged by Torah –
13for it is not the hearers of the Torah
who are righteous before God,
but the doers of the Torah
will be adjudged righteous.
14For when Gentiles,
who do not have the Torah,
do by nature
that which belongs to the law,
those who do not have the Torah
are a law unto themselves.
that the work of the law
is written on their hearts,
and their thoughts
or else defend
witnessing to it,
16on that day when,
according to my gospel,
God will judge the secrets of human beings
through Jesus Christ.