As Paul continued to unpack the truth to the Romans, he hit them with the most direct truth of all; the Jewish nation was chosen to be God’s people. That choice, however. does not give them a spiritual advantage. It was God’s plan that the Jewish people would be a nation of priests carrying the message of redemption to the rest of humanity. Even though they walked with God Himself for 40 years in the wilderness; they never grasped the power and redemption of God. He fed them daily. He protected them daily. He cleared their nation; still, they remained frail human beings, drawn to walk on their own, separate from God.
While that remained so, Paul encouraged both jew and gentile by letting them know EVERYONE fails when they try to do life apart from God. Romans 3 says it very clearly. All have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. It really does not matter physical heritage—we are all still sinners. While that is both true and disheartening, the promise of our Savior is even more uplifting and fulfilling. John 3:16-17 say it best, “For God loved the world so much that He gave His only son. Whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life! God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world, through Him, might be saved!”
We have nothing to fear or regret. We simply must believe God sent Jesus to die for our sin and accept His gift of salvation and redemption. Then no matter the heritage or the sin, God is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. I John 1:9. What a comfort, and what a hope. Help me Lord to walk in the faith of Your incredible gift and leadership in my life!
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!
No One Is Righteous
9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”[b]
13 “Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.”[c]
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”[d]
14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”[e]
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 and the way of peace they do not know.”[f]
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”[g]
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.