More on Judgment
Paul continues his discussion on the judgment of God with the following words from verses 5-10: “5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: 7 eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; 8 but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, 9 tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; 10 but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Those who reject God will be judged by Him. Paul uses the interesting idea of “treasuring up” wrath, as if God’s wrath is being stored to be revealed one day. The words used to describe this judgment are also very harsh…”indignation, tribulation, anguish, wrath” are words that Paul uses to describe the judgment of God on those who do not obey Him. Yet eternal life is given to those who in doing good seek for glory, honor and immortality. Paul isn’t teaching that we can be saved by good works. That goes against his other writings, but he is saying that those who are genuinely saved will do good works and they will receive eternal life. Judgment will fall on those who disobey God. This entire chapter of Romans speaks mostly to judgment. I pray that you have trusted in Christ to remove this judgment from you. Otherwise, you are in danger of experiencing this judgment from God. But, if you have trusted in Christ, you have no judgment remaining and you have only glorious honor and peace to receive from God.