Romans Chapter 3 - All the World Guilty
3 Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? 2 Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God. 3 What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it? 4 May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written,
“That You may be justified in Your words,
And prevail when You are judged.”
Then (Paul can ask this question based on what we learned in Chapter 2 about Jews and Gentiles)
… what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision?
- First of all, they were entrusted with the oracles of God (they had the scriptures) and the prophets and many miracles like being freed from slavery after 400 years; red sea parted; advisories drowned; kept alive in the desert for 40 years without provision (and many more)
- Even if some Jews don’t believe, it will not nullify the faithfulness of God
- God will be found true (every knee will bow and confess that Jesus is Lord)
- Though every man be found a liar as it written “THAT YOU MAY BE JUSTIFIED IN YOUR WORDS, AND PREVAIL WHEN YOU ARE JUDGED”
We are “justified by our words” when we confess Jesus is Lord.
We “prevail when we are judged” because of our faith in Jesus Christ (it’s the only way)
5 But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He? (I am speaking in human terms.) 6 May it never be! For otherwise, how will God judge the world? 7 But if through my lie the truth of God abounded to His glory, why am I also still being judged as a sinner? 8 And why not say (as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say), “Let us do evil that good may come”? Their condemnation is just.
This entire paragraph is designed to help us see the foolishness of men’s thinking. God’s plan was much better than this. God was unveiling a way for all men to be saved. For by the Jews rejection of the messiah, the word was poured out upon the gentiles (the rest of the world).
9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; 10 as it is written,
“There is none righteous, not even one;
11 There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God;
12 All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
There is none who does good,
There is not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave,
With their tongues they keep deceiving,”
“The poison of asps is under their lips”;
14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness”;
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood,
16 Destruction and misery are in their paths,
17 And the path of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
This was a reflection of Psalm 14:3 and Psalm 53:1-3
So this seals the court’s decision that all of us been found guilty; not one of us is worthy.
It shows mankind (all of mankind) is in desperate need of Savior!
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