One problem faced by the world was the idea of grace cancels personal responsibility. Paul was working to clarify that it was a great gift to be Jewish and while grace is available to all races, so is personal responsibility.
All men want to be in control of their destiny. While they want and need Gods grace, forgiveness and redemption from spiritual death; they do not want to give up center stage. It is common for men to seek God’s hand in times of crisis–few want to release control.
In current day, we still need to understand that we are responsible for our actions. We live our lives in a way that honors God and follows him closely. It is great to be one of his chosen, but it is not a license to live how we want. We must not only change our name–but we must also change our heart. When we do, we will be blessed beyond measure. We do not use God as a license to sin, we seek to be the transformation within our harts.
When we do we allow God to be God and we can become like him. We experience his grace, power and direction. God gets to be God and tht is enough.
God Bless You
What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? 2 Much in every way! First of all, the Jews have been entrusted with the very words of God.
3 What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? 4 Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written:
“So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.”[a]
5 But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.) 6 Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world? 7 Someone might argue, “If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?” 8 Why not say—as some slanderously claim that we say—“Let us do evil that good may result”? Their condemnation is just!