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Let’s continue our study with Romans 3:1-8.
Read the passage here...
Then what’s the advantage of being a Jew? Is there any value in the ceremony of circumcision? 2 Yes, there are great benefits! First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the whole revelation of God.
3 True, some of them were unfaithful; but just because they were unfaithful, does that mean God will be unfaithful? 4 Of course not! Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true. As the Scriptures say about him,
“You will be proved right in what you say,
and you will win your case in court.”
5 “But,” some might say, “our sinfulness serves a good purpose, for it helps people see how righteous God is. Isn’t it unfair, then, for him to punish us?” (This is merely a human point of view.) 6 Of course not! If God were not entirely fair, how would he be qualified to judge the world? 7 “But,” someone might still argue, “how can God condemn me as a sinner if my dishonesty highlights his truthfulness and brings him more glory?” 8 And some people even slander us by claiming that we say, “The more we sin, the better it is!” Those who say such things deserve to be condemned. (NLT)
In our last study, we learnt what it means to be a true Jew….
…It’s not just about where you were born, where your family is from or the fact that you’re circumcised, but about being made right with God through faith in Jesus Christ.
Nevertheless, those who are natural Jews are still the people through which God revealed His law, His oracles, His revelation. Not every natural Jew was (or is) faithful, yet this does not change who God is. Regardless of how unfaithful we are, God remains faithful.
It might be tempting to think that it’s unfair for God to punish those who sin, and think that, when we sin, it highlights God’s faithfulness and righteousness even more so; nevertheless, Paul states that this is merely a human perspective on things, a carnal way to think because God is just and can never be unjust. If He were not so, He wouldn’t be qualified to judge the world. But He is the only one who is qualified.
Whenever we believe something about God that isn’t true of His nature, we can be sure that we are only seeing things from our limited human perspective. If we think that God is unfair, unfaithful, or the like, this should be an immediate indicator to us that we are operating from a human perspective as opposed to the higher level we are now called to operate from as believers in Christ Jesus — faith.
The end of the passage we read today states that there were people in Paul’s day who slanderously reported that the apostles taught that the more we sin the better it is. This is a lie! If you find yourself with those who believe such things, or find yourself beginning to believe such things, repent quickly because it is a belief that will lead to death.
Do you believe God is just (right and fair)?
Do you believe God is faithful?
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