Thursday, January 24, 2019
THE BOOK OF ROMANS ~Chapter 3
THE BOOK OF ROMANS ~Chapter 3
What advantage then, is there in being a Jew? And what value was there in circumcision? The benefits were great, in all respects. In the first place, the Word of Elohei was entrusted to the Jews. Granted, that some of them did not accept it in faith. Can their lack of faith nullify Elohim’s faithful promises? No, never! Elohei will prove true, though every man may prove false! Scripture puts it this way, “You are shown to be true in Your words, and when You are being judged You are in the right” (Psalm 51:4).
But what shall we say if our righteousness simply serves to magnify Elohei’s righteousness? Shall we say that it is wrong for Elohim to punish us? No, not at all! How else could Elohim judge the world? But, if a falsehood of mine, placed by the side of Elohim’s truthfulness, brings out His glory, why must I be condemned as a sinner? Why not, then, do evil that good may come? Actually, some have slanderously reported that we have said this, and others have accused us of so doing. The question justly deserves condemnation.
What then? Are we Jews better than the rest? By no means. We have already stated that both Jews and Greeks are all under the curse of sin. For Scripture says, “There is none righteous; no, not one. No one understands; no one searches for Elohei. They have all strayed from the right way; they have all become corrupt. Not a single one practices kindness; no, not one. Their throats are like open graves, they use their tongues to deceive, and behind their lips is the poison of asps. Their mouths are full of curses, and bitterness. They run swiftly to shed blood. Ruin and misery mark their ways. And they know not the way of peace. And no fear of Elohei is kept before their eyes” (Psalms 5:9, 10:7, 14:1-3, 36:1, & 140:3; Proverbs 1:16 & Isaiah 59:7).
We know that whatsoever the Law says, it says to those who are under the Law so that every mouth may be stopped and everyone in the world may realize his guilt before Elohim. No human being can be justified before Him simply by keeping the Law. What the Law does is to show us how sinful we are.
Elohim’s plan of justification has been disclosed without any reference to the Law, though the Law and the prophets do make mention of it. Elohim’s own way of making men righteous is by faith in Yeshua Ha’Mashiach. This justification is for all and upon all who believe, for no other requirement is made. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of Elohei. And all are justified freely, because of His grace through the salvation that is in Yeshua Ha’Mashiach. For Elohim gave Him to us as a means of reconciliation if we would believe that He ransomed us with His blood. Elohim has in this way demonstrated His own justice as well as His forbearance in passing over our former sins, also by showing at the present time that He is a just God and that He justifies everyone who believes in Yeshua.
What then, becomes of our vain human pride? It is outlawed. How? By what fundamental law? By the law of works? No, it is rules out by the law of Faith. We hold, therefore, that a man is justified by Faith, without the works of the Law at all. Is Elohei the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of the Gentiles, too. There is only 1 God. He will justify the circumcised on the ground of their faith, and the uncircumcised also on the ground of their faith. Do we, then, by faith nullify the Law? Not at all; rather it strengthens the Law.