ROMANS 3:1-4 WHAT IF SOME DID NOT BELIEVE?

23Sep

Romans 3:1 What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision?  2 Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God. 3 For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? 4 Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: "That You may be justified in Your words, And may overcome when You are judged."

 In this chapter are an answer to several objections which follow one upon another,  relating to what the apostle had said concerning the equality of the Gentiles with the Jews; and various proofs out of the Psalms and Prophets,  showing the general depravity and corruption of mankind,  of the Jews as well as of the Gentiles; and the conclusion from all this,  that there is no justification by the works of the law, but by the righteousness of God received by faith,  of which a large and clear account is given. The first objection is in Romans 3:1, and is taken from the unprofitableness of being a Jew and a circumcised person, 

Since Paul has been saying that the Jew and Gentiles are on equal footing or stand equally before God he asks and answers a series of questions remove any objections some might bring up

Deuteronomy 33:29 Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, The shield of your help And the sword of your majesty! Your enemies shall submit to you, And you shall tread down their high places."

1.     Objection 1  If Jew and Gentile stand on equal ground then what advantage then has the Jew

V-1 What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision?

Psalms 147:19 - 20 He declares His word to Jacob, His statutes and His judgments to Israel. 20 He has not dealt thus with any nation; And as for His judgments, they have not known them. Praise the LORD!

V-2 Much in every way Rom 9:4-5 who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; 5 of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen.

 the oracles, scriptures, promises, and sayings of God - oracle is the word which we get logos or the Word (the words or utterances of God

The OT word contains the truth about salvation and also the basics of the gospel

The Jew had the advantage of the special revelation of God's law. Yet this could not save him because he could not keep it. The law increased his responsibility but demonstrated his inability to live up to God's standards.

Psalms 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; 8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;

1Peter 1:23 - 25 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 24 because "All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, 25 But the word of the LORD endures forever." Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

2Timothy 3:15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2.     Objection 2      Does the unfaithfulness of man make God's faithfulness of no effect

v-3 What if some did not believe

Isaiah 55:5 Surely you shall call a nation you do not know, And nations who do not know you shall run to you, Because of the LORD your God, And the Holy One of Israel; For He has glorified you." 6 Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.

 v-4 Is God's faithfulness diminished by our unfaithfulness. God Forbid.

Paul knew that the Jewish leaders would disagree with the statements that God has not guaranteed to fulfil his promises to every physical descendant of Abraham. But Paul would say that before any Jew can inherit the promises that he must first come to repentance and faith.

Paul knew the Jewish leaders would try to make others believe that he was saying God had abandoned the Jews since they had been entrusted with many promises and the word and were not transformed by them

Can man change the natural laws of the planet? The sun coming up, the moon rising, gravity working, the seasons changing,

No and man cannot change a God who made promises to the Jews and us that will be fulfilled in response to our belief

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Let God be true or found true.

As it is written: quoted from Psalms 51:4

When David sinned with Bathsheba and committed adultery and murder, God sent Nathan to confront him in about this sin in 2Samuel 11-12 and rather than try to make God out a liar he confesses his sin. David says he has done evil in God's sight(in other words he agrees with God)

Psalms 51:3 or I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. 4Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight--That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge.