“And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things. Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things?” Romans 2:2-3
Paul is beginning to lay the ground work for the central theme of Romans. He is leading us to the fact that everyone, even the Jewish people, must be saved by faith in Jesus Christ. Paul has sprung a trap on his religious readers. He is especially targeting those Jewish people who think that following the law of Moses has made them right with God, and therefore free from His judgment. Paul described how humanity, on the whole, reject God and indulge in all kinds of sin. Paul is saying that such sinful living earns a death sentence from God. Paul knew that his Jewish reader assumed that list of sins and the resulting judgment of God did not apply to them. The Jewish leaders felt that they were immune from God’s judgment.
Why would anyone think that they could escape God’s judgment? The Gentiles may think that because they have rejected the very idea of God, they can escape God’s judgment. Paul insists they are wrong. Now he comes to his Jewish readers. They may make the mistake of thinking God won’t judge them for their sin either because they don’t think themselves sinful because God won’t judge Jewish people. Paul will show they are wrong on both counts. It is amazing that this man Paul, that was a Pharisee of Pharisees, that was trained his entire life as a Pharisee that on that road to Damascus, Jesus Christ changed his life forever. This same Jesus Christ can change your life also. Just ask Him into your heart.