Romans: The Case for Christ to a Hostile World (11)

The Jews and the Law (3:1-4)

Although Paul has placed Jews and Gentiles on equal terms with regard to their sin, he yet maintains that God’s act in choosing them as His people did bestow special benefits and responsibilities.

Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews are entrusted with the oracles of God. What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means! Let God be true though every man be false, as it is written,

“That thou mayest be justified in thy words,
and prevail when thou art judged.”

Paul’s point is that God’s purposes are not dependent on our faithfulness.  That fact cannot be used to justify or excuse our unfaithfulness.  It does, though, humble those who yet fear the Lord.  It is also a profound warning to those who presume to correct or oppose Him.

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