Romans 2:3 NASB
“But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgement on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgement of God?”
And the Apostle Paul hits the hammer on the nail. He forces the reader to deal with the previous two verses in the context that when they pass this judgement on others while doing it themselves, they indict themselves of God’s judgement upon themselves. This comes in the form of a question and not a direct accusation. But it allows Paul to let the question sink deep in their hearts, “do you really think you will escape God’s judgement?” Like God’s wrath, we don’t like discussing the judgement of God. These are two very different things. God’s wrath is His righteous anger towards wickedness which can result in earthly/spiritual consequences. His judgement is His decree in how He will execute punishment or blessing on people for eternity.
“God’s judgement will be more full and complete, for it will be pronounced at the very last. It will be an eternal, irrevocable sentence— either of punishment or of blessing.”
Tertullian (c.210, W), 3.215.
Paul is speaking to those who profess Jesus as their Lord and Savior! He wants them to have no misunderstanding of the judgement to come. If you live in unrepentant sin, passing judgement on others and yet still do those same things yourself, you will face the judgement of God for your actions. We cannot be deceived and think that we can simply get into heaven on worthless faith. Worthless faith says all the right things and does all the wrong things and does not repent of them. Real faith is action oriented and does the things God demands from us. Real faith understands that judgement is coming and God will judge us according to our faith in Jesus Christ. The fact that we will stand before the Almighty God one day should put a great fear in our hearts. If there is no fear of God, there is no knowledge of God, and without knowledge of God how can we have real faith in His grace? This is not a works based salvation. But God expects His servants to be a works based people! Is a Master pleased with a lazy and wicked servant? No!
Judgement should cause us to stop and reflect on our lives. To reflect and ask God if we are living in sin and passing judgement on others and being hypocrites. The Pharisees were notorious hypocrites and Jesus rebuked them. Why would Jesus see us any different then them on the day of judgement if we lived lives that were of complete hypocrisy? This is not said to be mean spirited, but as a truthful and loving warning that we must not deceive ourselves and live in rebellion towards God. Confessing the name of Jesus and rebellion towards His Word make for a devastating confrontation on the Great Day of Judgement.