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29. Will you please explain Romans 3:7 to me?

 

 

 

“What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision? Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God. For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: ‘That You may be justified in Your words. And may overcome when You are judged.’ But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unjust who inflicts wrath? (I speak as a man.) Certainly not! For then how will God judge the world? For if the truth of God has increased through my lie to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? And why not say, ‘Let us do evil that good may come’? – as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just” (Romans 3:1-8 – NKJV).

 

Now, Paul says that God is justified in His words and He overcomes when He is judged; yes, because there are some people who dare to judge God, but their judgement proves to be false because they judge God’s ways wickedly. Man will not prevail against God, because God is not a man who sometimes makes mistakes and can be criticized and blamed for his mistakes.

Then, starting from this assumption, if I commit a sin is it unfair for God to punish me since my unrighteousness brings Him more glory in that my unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God? Certainly not! Of course, it is true that our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, but remember that God gets angry with us and punishes us because He is just. Woe to us if it were not so! How could an unjust God judge all men righteously? Therefore God is not unjust in punishing the unjust, even though the unrighteousness of the unjust demonstrates the righteousness of God. The same things must be said about those who tell lies. Even though the truth of God has increased through their lies to His glory, they also deserve to be punished by God, they can’t go unpunished. God can’t praise liars because His truth has increased through their lies to His glory, otherwise in that day He would be unable to judge the world righteously. Paul concludes with a question, which is this: “And why not say, Let us do evil that good may come’? – as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say” (Romans 3:8 – NKJV). In other words, since our unrighteousness demonstrated the righteousness of God and His truth has increased through my lies to His glory, why don’t we say, ‘Let us do evil that good may come’? - as we are being slanderously reported as saying and as some claim that we say? The answer is, ‘Their condemnation is just.’

Therefore, far be it from us to walk in the counsel of the wicked, who think that by doing evil they do some good to God, that is to say, they think that God should praise them for their evil deeds!!! The wicked will be turned into hell, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth; they will be condemned, because this is what they deserve

 

 

 

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