God’s faithfulness is amazing.
1 What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? 2 Much in every way! First of all, the Jews have been entrusted with the very words of God.
3 What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? 4 Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written:
“So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.”
5 But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.) 6 Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world? 7 Someone might argue, “If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?” 8 Why not say—as some slanderously claim that we say—“Let us do evil that good may result”? Their condemnation is just!
In the first two chapters of Romans, Paul paints a dismal picture of humanity. He categorizes each of us in three different categories.
- The immoral (Romans 1:18-32)
- The moral (Romans 2:1-16)
- The religious (Romans 2:17-29)
Paul tells us with no sugarcoating that none of us are worthy of being spared God’s judgment on sin. Not one of us is exempt. We are all GUILTY. And because of our guilt and left to our own devices, we have no way of redeeming ourselves. Very dismal indeed.
God’s faithfulness is a true gift. He knows the condition that we are in when left on our own. So what does He do? He redeems us with His one and only Son. Paul does a great job of pointing out our need for a Savior and God does a great job of supplying One.
Let’s look at this Scripture a little more closely. In verses 1 and 2, we see the Jewish people as God’s chosen people. He gave them His Word. What a precious gift!! The Messiah – Jesus Christ – was born into their family tree. And God gave these chosen people His very promises and covenants.
He has revealed his word to Jacob, his laws and decrees to Israel.
And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today?
God’s intent in choosing the Israelites was to make them His priests to send out to the rest of the world through evangelism.
We find this written in Genesis when God gives Abram (later named Abraham) the Abrahamic Covenant:
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.
“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse, and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
And we see it again when God gives Moses the law on Mount Sinai:
“Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”
God’s intent was NOT to make them elitists.
Throughout Scripture, we see the Jewish people becoming a club of their own who didn’t want to “let others in.” And I think you would agree with me in saying that our churches today can become like this as well. When someone enters our church who isn’t “like the rest of us” we tend to make them feel unwelcome. Let’s stop doing that. We have the power to make a change. Let’s work together to embrace all. Especially those who do not look like the rest of us.
Getting back to the last of these verses above in Romans (3:3-8), Paul goes to great lengths to tell us that today the Jewish people no longer have advantages over the non-Jewish people. Since the Jews did not step into their destiny of becoming the holy priesthood, God changed the agenda and brought the Gentiles in. Did you know that He is now calling each of us in the Body of Christ His royal priests? This is you and me!
As you come to him, the living Stone – rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him – you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:5
We’re priests with one job juty: TO SERVE GOD.
Finally, Paul explains that God is righteous and because He is righteous, He cannot overlook unrighteousness. We cannot live the lives that we want to live assuming that God’s grace and love will cover us. Yes, if we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior into our hearts, we are saved by grace. However, grace doesn’t give us license to continue to live in sin. (Romans 3:5-8)
We need to repent which is to turn our hearts TOWARD God and AWAY from sin. And we need to keep our hearts focused on God and His goodness. When we do these things, our desire for sin diminishes. It’s that simple. Focus on God.
Let God be true, and every human being a liar. Romans 3:4
Stay in the Light and the Love always,