Few are they that have not heard the expression: “When you see a “therefore”, stop and analyze what it is there for.”
Obviously, when the word appears in Romans 2:1 it requires that I recall what was written in Romans 1, where the author begins by identifying himself as a “bond-servant of Jesus Christ”, after which he gives indication of what he is by inheritance, by training, by conversion experience, and what he has accepted as a call from God to evangelize the Gentiles.
With understanding that “call”, he immediately identifies himself and Gentiles, as equally, before God, to be recipients of the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Both Jew and Gentile are under condemnation before the Almighty! Both have become the slaves of sin and are in need of salvation. He says that they have “exchanged the truth of God for a lie!” In response, “God gave them over to degrading passions”, with both man and woman “abandoning the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another.” You are aware, as well as I, that it continues to this day!
God then gives us a list of: unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil, full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, un-trustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; then we read that those who practice such things are worthy of DEATH.
In-as-much as the practice of such things, as well as approval of those who practice such atrocity, the ultimate is God’s punishment… DEATH!
“Therefore WE have no excuse”…that judgment is justified! Therefore, we are not only to consider the totally of the scriptures, but we are to adhere to the requirements; listen as the Holy Spirit recalls quietly what we must do according to Romans 2:4: “the kindness of God leads you to repentance!” There “is no partiality with God!” “Therefore, on the day when ….God will judge the secrets of men through Jesus Christ”; will you or will you not have applied the finished work of Christ on Calvary and resurrection from the tomb to the sin of your life?