1 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.
<b>The law of the Spirit of life governs love, faith, the kingdom of God's system, the life cycle, health, prosperity, deliverance and eternal life. (see Romans 8:1-2)
The law of sin and death governs selfishness, fear, the world's system, death, sickness, poverty and bondage. Both systems operate in seedtime and harvest in that whatsoever a man or woman sows that will they also reap. When judging another, we are sowing in unrighteousness when we are guilty of the same offense, this will return to us an unrighteous harvest. (Matt 7:1-2, Matt 2:36)
Whenever people condemn one another, they are showing that they have a knowledge of right and wrong and therefore can no longer claim ignorance for their own offenses.</b>
2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
<b>The Holy Spirit is here with us to convict and convince the world and bring demonstration to it about sin and about righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God) and about judgment. (John 16:8 amp)
To convict and convince regarding sin , because the sin of not believing in Jesus is what brings judgement upon people. (John 16:9 amp).
Making a decision not to believe in Jesus, moves a person away from God, out of the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus and into the law of sin and death.
The ruler of this world (satan) has been judged already, sentenced and condemned. (John 16:11 amp)
Outside of God in the law of sin and death, a person is moving himself into that judgement, that does not belong to him, but belongs to satan.</b>
3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
<b>Seedtime and harvest is inevitable, whatsoever we sow will return to us. but there is a time delay involved, which is why it is difficult to connect the action with the result. Activating a life cycle with words of life will cancel words of the death cycle and yield a harvest in righteousness.</b>
4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
</b>God has provided a pathway to restore us into the Righteousness of Christ, if we admit before Him that we have missed the mark and sinned, we are immediately in His forgiveness and His power to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)Then operating in the life cycle (Rom 8:1) leads us back to walking in the power in God's goodness.</b>
5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
<b>Refusing to repent, activates the death cycle, the law of sin and death which, if continued in, returns a harvest of spiritual death. This produces a heart (mind, will and emotions) that is hardened against God. (Eph 4:17-18 amp)</b>
6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
<b>Confirming that the harvest of seedtime will always return 'of its kind' (the seed or the means of reproduction of every living thing, will produce only its own species) (Matt 7:2)
1. We reap only what has been sown (Gal 6:7)
2. We reap the same In kind as we sow (Gen 1:11)
3. We reap in a different season than we sow (Eccl 3:1)
4. We reap more than we sow (Prov 22:8)
5. We reap in proportion to what we sow (Luke 6:38)
6. We reap the full harvest of the good only if we persevere
7. The evil comes to harvest on its own. (2 Tim 2:6, 1 Tim 4:15-16)
8. We can't do anything about last year's harvest, but we can about this years. (Luke 16:10)</b>
7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
<b>The conscience is a part of the soul (1 Tim 4:2). and can be defiled or corrupted when weak, but the born-again spirit cannot be (Matt 26:41).
The conscience is the part of us that bears witness as to what is right and wrong. This happens through our thoughts either accusing or excusing us.
A good conscience is essential to faith. Without a good conscience, our faith is made shipwrecked (1Ti 1:19). A good conscience produces confidence (1Jo 3:21, Heb 10:35). An evil conscience condemns us (1John 3:20).
When Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, their conscience (soul, mind, will and emotions) became alive and aware to recognise for the first time, the difference between good and bad.
Prior to this event they only knew the goodness of God and His perfection. (Ps 8:4)</b>
16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
17 Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,
18 And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;
19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,
20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.
21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?
22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?
23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?
24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.
<b>In addition to the law, the Jews put confidence in the physical rite of circumcision. Circumcision was a sign of the covenant which God had made with them through Abraham. It was a pledge that they were to keep His laws. In their failure to keep Gods law, the covenant was broken and the circumcision rendered ineffective.</b>
26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
<b>Paul did not say that if the uncircumcised kept the Law, rather he said kept the "righteousness" of the Law and "fulfilled" the Law, there is a difference. A person can fulfill the righteousness of the Law through faith in Jesus, but no one, neither Jew or Gentile, can keep the Law of Moses. (John 1:17)</b>
27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?
<b>But if the non Jewish person, who was not physically circumcised, put their faith in Christ Jesus, they would fulfil the law in Him. That in turn would bring judgment upon the Jew who was circumcised of the flesh and yet unable to keep the law because they relied upon themselves to keep it.</b>
28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
<b>Abram (later called Abraham, which means 'Father of many nations', (Gen 17:5) received the seal of circumcision as a mark of his covenant with God (Acts 7:8) as evidence of the righteousness (right standing with God, for he believed God (Gen 15:6) and God had credited his account righteous (in right standing with Himself) through faith before he was circumcised. (Gen 15:6)
Later, he received the evidence of the covenant by physical circumcision (Gen 17:11), but he had first believed God, when God told him that his seed should be in number like the stars of heaven. (Gen. 15:6), but the Jews focused all their attention upon the physical act of Abraham's circumcision, that this was the sign of their conformity to God.</b>
29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
<b>The word heart is interpreted soul, which is the mind, will and emotions (1 Thes 5:23), therefore Abraham, by believing God by faith, had received 'circumcision' by a changed mind (soul, his mind was changed twhen he chose to believe God), before he received it physically in the flesh, which was the outward sign.
By the miracle of the new birth in which we are 'born again' (John 3:3) the spirit is 'circumcised', or cut away and the 'old spirit' is made totally new (Eph 2:15, Phil 3:3)
When we first believe God, like Abraham, our soul is circumcised or changed when we first confess Him with our mouth and believe in our heart (soul, mind, will and emotions, (Rom 10:10))
The circumcision of the soul is called the renewal of the mind, will and emotions. (Rom 12:2)
It is an ongoing process, as our mind is renewed to God's word through the Holy Spirit. (Rom 12:2)
'And the Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with all your being, that you may live. (Duet 30:6 amp)
Now, in Christ it is possible for all, Jew and non Jew, to 'love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.' (Luke 10:27 amp) for in your spirit, you love God and your neighbour with the perfection of Christ and in your soul, you love your neighbour as God loves both you and your neighbour, with the 'mind of Christ', through the Holy Spirit.</b>