The Romans Road continues Chapter 3.

Today we will be examining Romans 3 taken from the New American Standard Bible.

1 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.”

V.1 “Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision?”

In the first two chapters of Romans Paul had explained God’s revelation of Himself, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20. God’s plan for our repentance, “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” Romans 2:4. And the true nature of circumcision, “But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.” Romans 2:29.

V.2 “Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God.”

Having the Word of God has great benefits in every way. To be entrusted with the divine teaching of God and to accurately teach, record, defend and protect His word from corruption was and is a sacred trust between the Creator and His elect people. We Christians owe such a great debt to the Jewish writers, scribes and teachers of the Holy Scriptures. The entire Bible except for the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles were written by Jews and have been handed down to us with fewer inaccuracies and interpolations than any other ancient text.

A spiritual message for the Church today might be, your advantage is that you have the whole Bible at your fingertips and others in the past were denied such a blessing. You have been entrusted with His Word and the one who reads it is blessed.

As the Apostle Paul encouraged his true son in the faith, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15 KJV.

V.3 “What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it?”

This is a rhetorical question. The answer is no. The scriptures are replete with stories and examples of God remaining faithful even when His people were not.

“Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;” Deuteronomy 7:9

“Ephraim surrounds Me with lies And the house of Israel with deceit; Judah is also unruly against God, Even against the Holy One who is faithful.” Hosea 11:12

“God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:9

There has always been some who do not believe, some who do not remain faithful and some who depart from the faith, for God has given all men free will. He has set the Two Ways before us and the choice has always been ours.

V.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.”

Now God’s Word is Truth and there is no lie found in it, but now we come to a scriptural translation difficulty and error. The quote above is from Psalms 51:4 and this quote is taken from the Septuagint (The Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, translated in Egypt during the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC for the Greek speaking Jews and was adopted by the early Christian Church). A major source of the quotes found in the New Testament were taken from the Septuagint because the New Testament was written in Greek and the Septuagint was the most accurate Greek text to quote from, but it is not without error.

Now Psalm 51:4 as translated from Hebrew reads, “Against You, You only, I have sinned And done what is evil in Your sight, So that You are justified when You speak And blameless when You judge.”

“…when you are judged.” according to the Septuagint; but in the Hebrew and in our version, “…when You judge.” The general sentiment, however, is the same in both–that we are to vindicate the righteousness of God, at whatever expense to ourselves. It is not God who is judged, but rather His judgment is true and He is blameless when He shall judge the world through Christ Jesus according to the gospel.

The Apostle John speaks of the great Truth of scripture and revelation this way, “I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. 1 John 2:21-23

God is faithful and even when we are found unfaithful He is quick to forgive, because the price has been paid. We have been given an undeserved, abundant and overflowing amount of Grace. The free gift of God, not by works lest any man should boast, but I will boast of Christ and His work that was finished upon the cross.

Now I will close this humble study of Romans with Paul’s Benediction to the Thessalonians.

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.
Brethren, pray for us.
Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. I adjure you by the Lord to have this letter read to all the brethren.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Agape Norm

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About didaskologos

Hi, my name is Norm Robinson and I'm a grateful believer. I have been on a quest to discover authentic Christianity and essential theology for over forty years and I invite all who are called by His name to join me. You see, we are not like the many hucksters who preach for personal profit. We preach the word of God with sincerity and with Christ's authority, knowing that God is watching us. 2 Corinthians 2:17 NLT.
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