What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?||
Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles
For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of
God without effect?||
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.||
"Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man.)"
Paul asks the very good question: "Is there unrighteousness who taketh vengeance [upon innocent people]" The obvious
answer to is, yes. Paul then quickly adds, "I speak as a man." What else could he speak as? A donkey or a god, perhaps?
(3:8) "Whose damnation is just."
Those who slander (or criticize?) Paul are damned by God.
(3:10) "There is none righteous, no, not one."
Has there ever been a righteous person?
Who (or what) is a ransom for the righteous?
But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we
say? Is God unrighteous who taketh
vengeance? (I speak as
God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?
For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto
his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?
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.
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;
As it is written, There
is none righteous, no, not one:
There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth
good, no, not one.||
(3:12) "There is none that doeth good, no, not one."|
Does anyone ever do anything good?
Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used
deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:||
Their feet are swift to shed blood:||
Destruction and misery are in their ways:||
And the way of peace have they not known:||
There is no fear of God before their eyes.||
(3:18) "There is no fear of God before their eyes."|
Should we fear God?
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.
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.||
(3:20) "By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified."|
Is Salvation by faith alone?
But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being
witnessed by the law and the prophets;
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:||
For all have sinned,
and come short of the glory of God;||
(3:23) "All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."|
Do Christians sin?
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in
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;||
To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just,
and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.||
Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by
the law of faith.||
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.||
(3:28) "A man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law."|
What must you do to be saved?
Are the laws of the Old Testament still binding?
Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of
the Gentiles also:
Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and
uncircumcision through faith.||
Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish