Friday, January 04, 2008

The Study of the “Law” & “Sin” Pt. 3

Romans 3

God's Faithfulness
1What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? 2Much in every way! First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God.

3What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness? 4Not at all! Let God be true, and every man a liar. As it is written:
"So that you may be proved right when you speak
and prevail when you judge."[a]


Footnote: (1-4) “Paul responds to the objection that his teaching on the sinfulness of all humanity detracts from the religious prerogatives of Israel. He stresses that Jews have remained the vehicle of God's revelation despite their sins, though this depends on the faithfulness of God.”

God trusted his word with Jews. It is special, but its not because they did good, but because God said he would and is faithful to fulfill EVERYTHING he says.

Term: Prerogative

An exclusive right or privilege held by a person or group, especially a hereditary or official right


5But 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.) 6Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world? 7Someone might argue, "If my falsehood enhances God's truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?" 8Why not say—as we are being slanderously reported as saying and as some claim that we say—"Let us do evil that good may result"? Their condemnation is deserved.


(This is the concept we were talking about last week: “If there was no evil, then there would not be good, cause there would be no opposite to compare to)

Footnote: (5-8) God is good because He has always been good and always will be good – regardless of us. Furthermore The Key to this statement is in Paul’s question: “Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world?” What paul is saying is this; If Gods reputation of being Good was dependent on our actions and if when we sinned that improved God’s reputation, and by improving God’s reputation we were excluding our self from his judgment… Then NOBODY would be judged since all sin. “…If that were so, how could God judge the world?””


-Would a Circle be a Circle if a Square didn’t exist? It may not be called a “Circle” But it sure would exist. Lets say it was the only shape we knew of, maybe we would call it “Shape”

-If you are in a room FULL of light and with, does the light exist? Of course it does there is just nothing that is preventing the light from filling the room.

If evil did not exist, maybe we would not have an actual word for ‘Good’, but that does not mean it would not be present. This concept is really based off of language, with the assumption that the terms and definitions that have be created by man actually determine an objects existence. But, I feel certain that there are things in the universe that have not be defined by man that still exist without out our terms our comparisons.


No One is Righteous

9What shall we conclude then? Are we any better[b]? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. 10As it is written:
"There is no one righteous, not even one;
11there is no one who understands,
no one who seeks God.
12All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one."[c]
13"Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit."[d]
"The poison of vipers is on their lips."[e]
14"Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness."[f]
15"Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16ruin and misery mark their ways,
17and the way of peace they do not know."[g]
18"There is no fear of God before their eyes."[h]

Footnote: (9-18) So no one is good? Nope. Look thru each example in the verses and ask yourself this; have you or can you put your self in a situation regardless of how extreme that would make each one of the examples true to your self? God & Paul are talking about entirety. People have Good in them, but they are not Good. People say good things about each other, but we also say bad things. Most people are peaceful, but given the right circumstance, “Their feet are swift to shed blood” I know I would be quick to shed blood if you put Osama Bin Laden in front of me. See, It does not matter how good we think we are, EACH person has or will/would fall short in every category that Paul gives.

Question: Is water still water if you add Rum to it? No, it’s an alchoholic beverage. Water in its PURE form is the ONLY liquid that can sustain life ultimately. So, are Humans Good, if you add unrighteousness, deceit, fear etc, into the mix, even in the smallest amounts? No, not really.

Although we have Good in us, we are not Good. Lets look at this portion from a different perspective…

9What shall we conclude then? Are we any better[b]? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. 10As it is written:
"There is no one righteous without faith, not even one;
11there is no one who understands everything,
no one who seeks God always.
12All have turned away at some point,
they have together become worthless, and require Jesus to be saved ;
there is no one who Always does good,
not even one."[c]
13"Their throats have been open graves;
their tongues practice deceit."[d]
"The poison of vipers is on their lips."[e]
14"Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness."[f]
15"Their feet are swift to shed blood given the right circumstance;
16ruin and misery mark their ways,
17and the way of peace they do not know."[g]
18"There is no fear of God before their eyes."[h]

19Now 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. 20Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.

Footnote (20) HUGE!!! This IS the purpose of the law for the Christian (“…rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.”)

Righteousness Through Faith
21But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement,[i] through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.


Forbearance: Tolerance and restraint in the face of provocation (to provoke); patience

Atonement: Amends or reparation made for an injury or wrong; expiation.

27Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. 28For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. 29Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. 31Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.

Footnote: (27-31)

Jewish Arguer: Ah no Boasting?

Paul: No!

Jewish Arguer: Why not? The law doesn’t say we cant boast!

Paul: Do you agree that a man is justified by faith and not by observing the law?

Jewish Arguer: Yes.

Paul: Is God the God of Jews as well as Gentiles?

Jewish Arguer: Yes

Paul: Then what do you have to boast about?

Einstien Slaps His Teacher, Metaphorically Speaking

Did God create everything that exists? Does evil exist? Did God create evil?
A University professor at a well known institution of higher learning challenged his students with this question. "Did God create everything that exists?"

A student bravely replied, "Yes he did!"

"God created everything?" The professor asked.

"Yes sir, he certainly did," the student replied.

The professor answered, "If God created everything; then God created evil. And, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then we can assume God is evil."

The student became quiet and did not answer the professor's hypothetical definition. The professor, quite pleased with himself, boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth.

Another student raised his hand and said, "May I ask you a question, professor?"

"Of course", replied the professor.

The student stood up and asked, "Professor, does cold exist?"

"What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?"

The other students snickered at the young man's question.

The young man replied, "In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-460 F) is the total absence of heat; and all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat."

The student continued, "Professor, does darkness exist?"

The professor responded, "Of course it does."

The student replied, "Once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact, we can use Newton's prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color.

You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn't this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present."

Finally the young man asked the professor, "Sir, does evil exist?"

Now uncertain, the professor responded, "Of course, as I have already said. We see it everyday. It is in the daily examples of man's Inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.

To this the student replied, "Evil does not exist, sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat, or the darkness that comes when there is no light."

The professor sat down.

The young man's name - Albert Einstein 7