For Paul (“a Jew of Jews”) and for Jesus and in our time for that matter there is little that is more frustrating than an appearance based religious Christian that judges others! I believe this is a major reason why America is in the midst of Gods judgement even now and will stay there until they see “God Is Love” therefore “Love one another as I have Loved you” becomes what true Grace Based Christianity is All about.
“All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.” – Romans 2:12-13
The law has a Very distinct purpose! The purpose of the law in the Bible was, is and always will be to get me to Christ. Once I am there, the law ceases to be needed for me because I placed my Faith in Christ that His Sacrafice Reconciled me, Redeemed me, Sanctified me and Finished reconnecting me with God Almighty!
Remember Paul started this passage off with this verse:
“You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.” – Romans 2:1
This passage of scripture written to the church in Rome which was predominantly Jews who had been won over to this new idea of Christ was a direct reproach of legalistic creep or shadows that slide back into a Grace Based person so the devil can play one of his few remaining cards – guilt and shame. Read this whole chapter and you will see this.
By the way the reason why this is one of the cards the devil is allowed to have for the believer is so that we will learn to stand strong in The Righteousness of Christ which is Not dependent on our actions and the judgements of others!