1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?

 

<b>Paul reveals to them that being born Jewish and a people set apart for God, did not make them heirs of God's promises. It was only through the faith of Jesus Christ, which gave them circumcision of the heart through the Spirit, not of the flesh. Paul then poses the question, if this is so, what then is the benefit or profit of being born a Jew?</b>

 

2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

 

<b>Paul answers his own question, saying that God had committed His Word to the Jews. They had a written record of God's instructions and His spoken word to mankind. Not only did they have access to God’s Word, they were given the privilege of being the people through whom God’s Word would come to the whole world.</b>

 

3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

 

<b> Paul uses the phrase "the faith of God" and "the oracles of God" interchangeably (Rom 3:2) together with the "word of God". Therefore, the Word of God is the faith of God, as we read faith comes by hearing God's Word.  (Rom 10:17) God's Word contains the faith of Christ, the faith of God.

Paul confirms that unbelief does not make the Word of God, or the promises of God, of no effect.

God's word is alive and eternal, however, we can make the Word of God of none effect in our own lives through our traditions and way of thinking. (Mark 7:13)

God's Word will not profit people unless mixed with faith. (Heb 4:2 ) So the Word will not profit anyone who doesn't believe it, but God's Word itself doesn't lose any power.

That is what Paul was confirming. Unbelief does not void the promises of God concerning salvation through Jesus Christ. The promises of salvation are made of no effect to all who reject Jesus, but to those who will stand in the faith of Jesus as Lord, the Word of God has total power to save.

This is connected to God's willingness to allow us the power to choose. (Duet 30:15)</b>

 

4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

 

<b>When there is a contradiction to a promise made to us in God's Word, then God is true and the contradiction is a lie.

In every aspect of our lives, believing God's Word will anchor us firmly in Christ, not what we see or hear. (2 Cor 5:7)

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. God's word is truth

Paul is quoting from (Ps 51:4) that if people are unfaithful to God, this does not alter the unchangeable faithfulness of God Himself (Mal 3: 6). If  everybody else is false and liars, God is not. He is justified by His word and His right actions.</b>

 

5 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)

 

<b>Paul explained in the previous verse that even though the Jews were not faithful to God, God was still faithful to them. Paul then begins to use human reasoning and anticipates an argument that would suggest that because our human unfaithfulness serves to reveal God’s faithfulness, then mankind could simply continue in unrighteousness and unfaithfulness to amplify God's holiness and purity.

Paul says that this type of thinking is the wisdom of mankind, not the wisdom of God.</b>

 

6 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?

 

<b>If God were unjust, then how could God judge the world in righteousness. In other words, if God used man’s unfaithfulness to prove His faithfulness, how could He then judge unfaithful mankind? </b>

 

7 For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?

 

8 And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.

 

9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;

 

10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

 

<b>Paul quotes from (Psalm 14:1-3) and turns his attention from arguments between Jews and non Jews, to address the root issue that is causing the raging disagreements and the attempts by both sides to judge and condemn one another. The root issue is that everyone needs salvation, for without a saviour, there is no way back to right standing in God.

For sin, which is the resulting effect of the root cause unbelief, (or disbelieving God, through Christ (John 16:9)), no fear of God.

Sin is standing between God and mankind blocking the way to reconciliation.</b>

 

11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

 

12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

 

13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

 

14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

 

<b>The mouth is the main outlet for the intent of the heart and pours forth blessing and cursing from the same source. (Jam 3:11, Prov 18:21)</b>

 

15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:

 

16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:

 

17 And the way of peace have they not known:

 

18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

 

19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

 

<b>The most important point made here is that many believe that all mankind is inherently 'good', having varying degrees of righteousness, or goodness and that some have even attained a high degree of goodness.

Here Paul leaves no doubt that there is only one who is righteous as God is righteous and that one is Christ. There is no possibility to work our way to be good, or to improve ourselves and become better and better people, who gradually 'evolve' and attain higher levels of goodness.

Why is this? it is because God is totally flawless, Holy, righteous and perfect. It is impossible for mankind to attain perfection by our own efforts.

This is the good news of the Gospel, that in Christ, we are declared good and righteous in Him, who is Himself perfect and righteous as God is righteous.

This is the whole purpose of repentance, which means to change our mind, change our thinking and change our ways, How? by admitting that we are not righteous, or 'good' before and compared to God and to exchange our mind, our thinking and our ways for God's, by standing in His word, Christ. (Is 55:8)

Does this mean that we lose our personality? What we think of as 'our' personality is our collection of  lifetime experiences, opinions and motives, it is our way of thinking. God does not look upon the way we think, He looks at the inner man, the heart. (1 Pet 3:4)

"For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." (1 Sam 16:7), our personality moves into the personality of Christ, God is drawing is into higher and higher levels in Him.

Put on the new personality, 'just as truth is in Jesus, that you should put away the old personality which conforms to your former course of conduct and which is being corrupted according to his deceptive desires, but that you should be made new in the Spirit actuating your mind, and should put on the new personality which was created according to God's will in true righteousness and loyalty.' (Eph 4:17-24, Eph 4:24 (nlt))</b>

 

20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

 

<b>This confirms that there is absolutely no way that adhering to rules and regulations, and attempting to conform to the Old Testament law of Moses, or any other means, other than standing in the faith of Christ, that is able to bring our  justification before God. </b>

 

21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

 

<b>Now the righteousness of God, Jesus Christ, the Word, which became flesh and lived amongst mankind, died on the cross and was resurrected.

God has now made known His righteousness (Christ) independently from the Law. Although the Law and the Prophets had borne witness to the way God would justify the sinner .This was promised under the Old Testament Law and by the Prophets. This means Paul was not putting forth a new doctrine but revealing the true doctrine that the Old Testament Law and prophets had advocated all along.

This left no doubt that the Jews 'trust' in the Old Testament Law for justification was never God's intent. They had misunderstood and misapplied the Law in this area.</b>

 

22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

 

<b>Paul did not say that the righteousness of God came by having faith in Jesus Christ, or believing in Jesus Christ. It comes by the faith of Jesus Christ. There is a big difference.

Our faith does not produce our righteousness. Jesus obtained righteousness (the perfect righteousness of God) through His faith and now offers it to everyone who will believe on Him as Lord.

Therefore, our faith (which is also a gift from God, (Eph 2:8)) receives what Jesus has already obtained for us through His faith. Jesus obtained our justification and righteousness through His faith (Gal 2:16).</b>

 

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

</b>The only difference between Jew and Gentile, or the moral and immoral, is in the sight of people. From God's point of view, there is no difference. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23 and Jas 2:10).</b>

 

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

 

<b>All humanity is equally lost, but the good news of the Gospel is that now all equally, have the opportunity to be justified before God by the redemption (redemption means to bring back, deliver or free someone or something) that is in Christ.</b>

 

25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

 

<b>Propitiation means a 'place where sins are blotted out' (Lev. 16: 15) by means of the blood of Christ and this is received by His faith. </b>

 

26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

 

<b>This was to show and prove that God Himself is righteous and that He and He alone justifies and accepts as righteous all who by faith accept Jesus Christ who is the righteousness of God (1 Cor 1:30), as their Saviour.  

For He (God) has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Cor 5:21) 

It is only 'In Christ' that we can be declared righteous, because we then stand in His righteousness, the moment we stand in Him we are righteous, because He is righteous.

This is totally different to standing in ourselves, with the addition of believing that He is righteous.

How do we stand in Him?

1. By choice you can stop sinning! choose to submit to sin, or choose to walk in grace (Christ), free from sin.

2. Begin to place all confidence in the faith of Christ instead of our own self-effort.

3. Stand up in front of temptation and sin and say

“Thank You, Father, that I have the grace to overcome this! I'm depending on the grace of God!

4. This now acknowledges God's grace, by His faith, not your faith, this is how we access grace (Romans 5:2), you are now standing in Christ if you are born again.

5. Now grace (Christ by the holy Spirit, (Rom 8:13)) will begin to empower you to overcome those areas of your life which have been overcoming you.

6. Even in the midst of what you are doing, when you know it is wrong, begin to confess with your mouth what you have a right to, because of grace.

7. Declare, "I'm the righteousness of God! God loves me so much that He has enabled me to overcome this and graced me to win"

8. Submit to, believe in, trust in, receive and stand in  Christ, His great grace!</b>

 

27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

 

<b>By the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus (the faith of Christ), you are made free from the law of sin and death. (Rom 8:2)

Faith then is the law of the kingdom of God. (How the kingdom of God operates.)</b>

 

28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

 

<b>Justification (just as if you had never sinned) comes by one means and one means only, the faith of Christ and by standing in His faith.</b>

 

29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:

 

<b>The faith of Christ is not only available to  some, no matter what title is given, but it is available to all.</b>

 

30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.

 

<b> It is one and the same God who justifies both Jew and Gentile by the faith of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ and Saviour. </b>

 

31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

 

<b>This does not make void the Law of God but is a confirmation of it.

Christ came to fulfill the Law of Moses (Matthew 5:17). The purpose of the Law of Moses is to bring a person to the place where they recognize indisputably that they are a sinner, the Law itself being our Schoolmaster, bringing us to Christ that we might be justified by faith (Gal 3:24).

That He would cleanse us from all unrighteousness and redeem us by His precious Blood. To Him goes all glory.

The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus (the faith of Christ), has made you free from the law of sin and death. (Rom 8:2)</b>