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Romans 2:5 – Hardness and inconsiderate heart

04-09-2020 - Posted by Andre Piet

Yet in accord with your hardness and inconsiderate (unrepentant) heart you are hoarding for yourself indignation in the day of indignation and revelation of the just judgement of God.

As we have seen, Paul is addressing the one who is judging the world’s wicked practices, but in the meantime also doing them himself. Although under cover. But the latter does not plead for, but even more against her (: 1-3). For from this hypocritical condemnation speaks contempt for GOD’S appropriateness (read: loving kindness).

Later it appears that Paul is addressing the Jews explicitly (: 17), but now he still speaks in general terms about man (2: 1) who hypocritically takes judgment and despises GOD’S goodness. It is the (orthodox) religious person who is addressed here. He is characterized by “hardness” and a “inconsiderate heart”. The “inconsiderate heart” is a heart that has not been touched by the message of GOD’S goodness and is therefore so “hard”. The world knows: Orthodox religion is known for hypocrisy and for a harsh, merciless judgment (‘hell and damnation’) on all outside its circle. But Paul asserts, without being disgusted, that nothing evokes GOD’S wrath so much as those who claim to know Him but present Him to others (!) to be without mercy.