God Will Judge the Secrets of Men
Hebrews 9:27 tells us that everyone is going to die at some point and then face God's judgment. Christians will be judged for their works as Christians. Non-believers will be judged for their sins and lack of genuine faith in Jesus Christ. Romans 2:12-24 reveals additional truths about God's judgment. First, Jews will be judged by God's law that was revealed to them. Gentiles or non-Jews will be judged by the law that is written on their hearts and consciences. Second, the actual doers of God's law are the ones who will be justified before God not just hearers. The doer realizes his or her need for God and turns to him in faith, repentance and obedience. Third, God will judge the secrets of men, that is, their thoughts, lusts and motives. Fourth, God is not pleased with those who teach and preach His truths and commands but do not practice them (hypocrites). When people are hypocrites, it reflects poorly on God to non-believers.