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If God cares about faith and not works or heritage what advantage do the Jewish people have? And if God cares about the heart of the individual and not merely outward actions, what benefit is circumcision?
The Jewish people still hold a special place with God.
Even though God has chosen Israel, He still allows the freedom for Israel, and all men, to believe. So if some did not choose to believe God’s word, it is because they decided not to. God, however, is always faithful.
Just because someone is not faithful to God does not mean that God is not still faithful.
Paul is presenting an argument made by the Jewish “authorities” that if our sin demonstrates the grace of God then it is not fair for God to judge us.
Similarly, the Jewish "authorities" argue, if my untruth reveals God’s truth, how can God judge that as sin?
They continue their argument saying that if we do evil, good may come of it for God. Paul says that their judgment from God is just.
Paul is making the points that all men are sinners and therefore no one man better than another.
Paul further makes his point by quoting the Old Testament, reiterating that we are all sinners and cannot do good apart from God.
Paul continues pointing out the sinfulness of mankind.
The peace that comes from following God’s way is not known by those who pursue sin.
Those who pursue sin and wickedness do not fear God.
Paul is pointing out that no one can obey the law perfectly; the law gives us knowledge of sin and makes us accountable to God.
God has provided a way to be righteous before Him apart from the law: by faith in Jesus Christ we are made righteous before God.
All humans have sinned and fall below God’s standard.
We are justified by faith in Christ as a free gift and we receive that gift of grace by faith.
Jesus paid the price for our sins, and by faith in him we are justified.
We have no part in our justification; there is no place for boasting, our works do nothing. Justification can only come by faith.
Justification is only possible through faith; it is not possible from works or following the law.
No one is justified by following the law; anyone, whether they follow the law or not, can be justified by faith.
Paul points out that the law is actually upheld when we are justified by faith. When we pursue righteousness by faith we uphold the law.
The Apostle Paul writes to the world-renowned believers in Rome, the center of the world at that time, in order to answer a slanderous charge made to them against Paul and his message. Paul’s detractors claim his emphasis on faith overturns the law. Paul says that ” just living by the law” does not achieve personal justice before God, while “just living by faith” does. Paul then demonstrates what a just life looks like: harmonious living with Jesus as the leader. Paul also makes clear the choice a believer has: to walk in faith and the power of the resurrection and experience resurrection life, or walk in sin and unnecessarily experience the negative consequences.
Paul specifies the slander charge raised against him by competing Jewish “authorities” who claim Paul is teaching that believers ought to sin. These “authorities” claim that Paul teaches we ought to do evil because then we are doing good: “Do evil that good may come.”
These authorities claim Paul teaches that we do God a favor by showing how full of grace God is.
Paul dismisses their charge as a statement that is worthy of condemnation, but goes on to emphasize that he is no better than they are because no person other than Jesus can be good enough to satisfy the requirements of God’s law.
The reality is that we are all sinners, and each of us needs the grace of God. In this chapter, Paul sets up a defense of his position that righteous living comes through living by faith.