3 So what advantage does the Jew have? PAUL ANSWERS AN OBJECTION. Or what is the benefit of circumcision? So because of their conduct, the Jews were no better off than the Gentiles. Chapter three begins with what almost seems like a detour in Paul’s argument, but perhaps it should be seen as a pause to answer questions or objections to his teaching. Then what advantage has the Jew? 2 Much in every way! (19,20) It is owing to the free grace of God, through faith in the righteousness of Christ, yet the law is not done away. The first twenty verses of Chapter 3 divide into two rather simple parts: The first eight verses are an imaginary dialogue that the apostle holds with the Jews. There is no one who does good, not even one. No one can make it on those terms. The logical conclusion to that thinking is moral chaos and anarchy. In God's sight, a Jew is one who has faith, who has the presence of the Spirit of God in his heart, who inwardly has faith in Jesus the Messiah. (21-31) Commentary on Romans 3:1-8 (Read Romans 3:1-8) But now: These words provide the most glorious transition from the judgment of Romans 3:20 to the justification of Romans 3:21. i. (Romans 3:1-2) The fact that Paul says "first" leads us to look for what is also second and third. An intense and cruel war is being fought in Lebanon today and the United Nations is helpless to stop it because "the way of peace they do not know." Romans 3:22-31 Ojibway translation Voices United , 1996; St. 5, A Collection of Sacred Ballads , Richmond, 1790 Evangelism; Lent (season); Praise of God; Salvation/Redemption The text adds the words, Someone might argue, and that does not belong here. NIV, Storyline Bible, Comfort Print: Each Story Plays a Part. If you do not believe that, just step out on the street and hit the first fellow that comes by right on the mouth and see what comes out -- cursing and bitterness! Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? They listened to what men said, but when it came to the final authority, they said, "What Scripture says, that's it! This is the answer of the apostle to the objection in Romans 3:1. The revelation of righteousness. They are as lost as if they were savages in the jungles of Africa because the light they have is not put to use. 2 Much in every way! All the Law asks us to do is to act in love. They culminated in the decisive Battle of Alesia in 52 BC, in which a complete Roman victory resulted in the expansion of the Roman Republic over the whole of Gaul (mainly present-day France and Belgium). Paul says, "Let's go on to say the logical thing: Let's do evil that good may come." We've given him a chance to reveal himself, and that's what he wants. The only thing that makes a man a Jew is faith in the Messiah. They possessed the written Word of God. Not at all! First of all, the Jews have been entrusted with the very words of God. Though the Law condemns us, it is that very condemnation that makes us willing to listen, so that we find the right path. 13"Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit." 3 What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? (Literally, "May it never be!" Paul's answer uses the strongest words in the Greek language to say a thing is false. There is no advantage to being one of God’s chosen people. For permission to use this content, please review 1, 2. Paul does not hold himself up as better than anyone else. At this point the vivid imagination of Paul comes into play. Imagine that at a Sunday morning service, where all you fine-looking, moral, clean-living, decent people come, we would let you pass through a security section like they do at the airport and all your thoughts would be recorded. It's only in your mind that there's any difference between good and evil." Romans 3, Joseph Beet's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary was written by Joseph Beet, a member of the faculty of theology in the University of London. Download. That question, and Paul's answer, are phrased in the first two verses of Chapter 3. Self-righteous people are always saying, "But -- but this -- but I -- yes, but I do this -- and I do that." Nobody lives in darkness. So he can't condemn us for our sins. Speaker: Clint Lombard. Objections answered. When Paul says first, he does not mean first in a long list of advantages, though he did see many advantages in being a Jew. The Jew asks, But if our unrighteousness brings out God's righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? StudyLıght.org. Jewish unbelief does not make God wrong 3. That advantage is claimed today by many non-Jews, Catholics and Protestants who are proud of their knowledge of the Bible. 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