This is my installment for the Blogger Small Group post on Romans chapter 3:1-8. There is always time for anyone to join in if they like (see Blogger Small Group Rules/Guidlelines). Right now we are a few weeks into the group, which started in James and now is in Romans.
No need to try and catch up, just start in the same place we are and post your opinions.
Now to begin – I am just going to start out by saying that this has been an extremely hard week for me – not the study rather life in general. I am posting this, but probably will not have an opportunity to look much further. It would be impossible to go through the details here, but life has been interesting and challenging for the past couple of weeks.
The thought is most likely going like this – “Well Paul, if what you are saying is true, is there any advantage in being a Jew? Is there any value in being circumcised, in being one of God’s covenant people?”
To put it simply – objections answered…
As it says right there in verse 2… the Jews were entrusted with the very words of God. I mean imagine that… THE words of God. Not just a mere man standing there telling you a tale, or a man writing a book from his own experience, or a humbled man sitting at a desk typing out these words. Those were HIS words. Then to top it off, He made himself known to them, it was to the Jews that that He entrusted the prophetic anticipation of Jesus Christ – and to top it all off the Old Testament was theirs, I mean who else do you think of when I say Old Testament. And the Old Testament spoke of Christ and his gospel.
As I read somewhere recently, “the Jews, above all people, had been prepared by God to receive his Son. They, above all people, had been prepared to embrace the death of Christ as God’s way of salvation. Indeed, if they had only noticed it, their scriptures held the same message of salvation by grace through faith as the gospel.”
Also, am I looking to closely at the word Paul picks here – “entrusted”? To me the use of this word is more than saying you were “given” the word… Entrusted… something of the utmost value entrusted to them – a privilege involving a lot of responsibly. God wanted them to learn these words, to actually live them. His initial words laid the foundation for Jesus’ arrival.
Then Paul moves from speaking of the advantage of being a Jew, to the barrage of questions from Jews who are looking for a way to escape the condemnation under which Paul has included them – with the rest of mankind no less. I mean come on these were the chosen people. These were the ones that were living in the law daily. They are bound to have questions…. Right….
So, in short order he says and answers the following –
- Does their lack of faith nullify God’s faithfulness? No – they were still Jews. They were still the people He entrusted with His words. He remains true and faithful.
- Can we say that God is unrighteous in judging us, when our unrighteousness actually highlights his righteousness? Here is a thought – keep being unrighteous so that it will actually HIGHLIGHT His righteousness. Uh – No – not going to happen that way.
- Why am I condemned as a sinner, when my falsehood increases God’s glory by enhancing his truthfulness? Why not sin so that good will result? Kind of an interesting approach… in fact it sounds alot like what you might here today… The more I sin the more I enhance God’s truthfulness…now wouldn’t that be something… Wow… Well Paul nips that in the bud when he says that such a thought deserves condemnation.
We all know that our actions belong to us, and events to God. We know that we must not commit any sins, with the hope, or even assurance, that God may glorify himself. If we do, our condemnation is just.