Romans 3:2

The Jewish people still hold a special place with God.

After asking the rhetorical question in Romans 3:1, whether Jews have any advantage, Paul answers with an emphatic “yes” by saying “great in every respect.” The Jews are God’s chosen people; of course they are special. The premier advantage they have is the written Word of God, the oracles of God.

Many people throughout the ages have risked or lost their lives to gain access to the Bible. William Tyndale was killed for daring to translate the Bible into English. In oppressive countries throughout history, owning a Bible could land someone in jail. This threat still exists in some countries today.

The Word of God has power, which is why earthly rulers don’t like it. It claims authority over all mankind and brings life and light, which is a huge advantage and a tremendous benefit. Ironically, these Jewish authorities claim to be experts in the Bible, but Paul will make clear that their knowledge lacks understanding.

Biblical Text

2 Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God.