God Remains Faithful in His Judgment.
Paul has been making an argument since chapter 1 from verse 18, that God’s wrath is revealed against all unrighteousness and ungodliness of men, who by their unrighteousness, suppress the truth. In verses 1:18-32, Paul argued that the wrath of God is revealed against all those who refuse to acknowledge God as God
From verses 2:1-29, Paul turned towards the Jews, and told them that, they too were facing God’s wrath, and their mere possession of the law and their physical circumcision, will not protect them. Paul told them that both they as Jews, and Gentiles or Non Jews, will face the same judgement and will be judged in the same way. Since they as Jews, are not obedient to the very same law that they possess, they are equally going to face God’s judgement.
The next logical question to what Paul was saying was that, if Jews are going to be judged the same way as Gentiles, what then is the value of being a circumcised Jew? In other words, what is the point of being a circumcised Jew? In 3:1-8, Paul answered this question.
God Remains Faithful
“Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written, “That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged.”” (Romans 3:1–4, ESV)
If Jews are going to be judged the same way as Gentiles, what then is the value of being a circumcised Jew? Paul answered this question by saying that, there is indeed an advantage of being a Jew. Paul, as if he intended to list more advantages but mentioned the chief one, said that the chief advantage is that, as Jews, they had been given the very word of God. This refers of course to the Old Testament. The fact that they had the very words of God, in itself was a huge advantage.
However, this advantage came with expectations from God. God expected them to believe and obey the word. Despite this expectation from God, some of the Jews did not and therefore, were unfaithful to God and His word. However, because they were unfaithful, God was not going to be unfaithful like them. God indicated to them that, if they were faithful, He was going to be their God, but if they were unfaithful, He was going to judge them.
Now some were unfaithful and as a result, God was going to be faithful to what He said and judge them. Then Paul quoted Psalm 51:4, where David acknowledged that because he had sinned against God, God was justified in what He said he would do to those who sin against Him, and God would therefore be justified in judging Him.
Paul showed in 2:1-29 that, despite having the law of God and being circumcised, The Jews dishonored God by breaking the very same law, and therefore God was faithful to His words by judging them.
What do we learn from this text?
God will always remain faithful to Himself and His word. Our unfaithfulness or disobedience to Him and His word, will never make God to also become unfaithful to Himself and His word. In Acts 17:30-31, God through Paul, commands all of us to repent, because God has fixed a day when all of us will face judgement, God has appointed a Judge and, God will judge based on righteousness. These are God’s words and He will remain faithful to them. If you are not faithful to God’s command to repent from your sins, God will remain faithful to His words and judgment day will come, and you will be judged based on righteousness. God’s righteousness and not yours.
A lot of people, and by lot, I mean a lot of people. These people have created their own God who will not judge them, even if they sin against Him continuously, because He is a loving God, He is a gracious God, He is a kind God. Although indeed God is loving, gracious, merciful and kind, He is also faithful to His word. He said He will judge unrighteousness and He will remain faithful to that word. “Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.” (Proverbs 11:21, ESV)
If you are one of those people, who are unfaithful to God and His word, who keep on sinning against God, you will not escape God’s judgement. Simply because you are not true to God’s word, does not mean that God will not be true to His word and judge you. The true God commands you to repent from your sins and put your trust only in Jesus for your salvation. If you refuse to do this, you will be thrown in the lake of fire and be tormented day and night, forever and ever.
I urge you right now to pray and ask God for mercy, to ask God to grant you the gift of repentance and faith.So that you can turn away from your sins and put your trust only in Jesus Christ for your salvation. Make that decision right now to turn away from your sins, and ask God for mercy, while you still have time and a chance to do so. If not, you are doomed to hell and eventually the lake of fire, where you will be tormented forever and ever. Repent and believe in Jesus right now.
These truth should bring fear in your heart. It should make you fearful because, if you are an unbeliever right now, apart from God’s mercy, you are destined to face God’s wrath on judgement day. Pray to God to give you the desire to set your mind on the things of God and not the things of the world. If you are a believer, then you should shout in praise and thanksgiving to God who has had mercy upon you, and given you the ability to repent and place your trust in Jesus alone for your salvation
God remains faithful to His word. even if you and I are not. In the next message, we will see that God is not glorified by sin. Amen
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