Friday, September 17, 2010

Romans 3:1-8

My God's Faithfulness
1What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? 2Much in every way! First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God.

3What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness? 4Not at all! Let God be true, and every man a liar. As it is written:
"So that you may be proved right when you speak
and prevail when you judge."

5But 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.) 6Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world? 7Someone might argue, "If my falsehood enhances God's truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?"8Why not say—as we are being slanderously reported as saying and as some claim that we say—"Let us do evil that good may result"? Their condemnation is deserved.

Is there any hope for us???
(According to my commentary)

What a depressing picture Paul is painting! All of us are condemned by own own actions. The law, which God gave to show the way to live, holds up our evil deeds to public view. Is there any hope for us???

Yes, says Paul. The law condemns us us, it is true, but the law is not the basis of our hope. God himself is. He, in his righteousness and wonderful love offers us eternal life. We receive our salvation not through law but through faith in Jesus Christ. We do not - cannot - earn it!!!

We simply accept it as a gif from our loving heavenly Father.

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