Similarly, they argue, if my untruth reveals God’s truth, how can God judge that as sin?
Here, Paul asks another question that no doubt the Jewish “authorities” are asking as a part of contesting Paul’s message of grace and faith. Paul teaches clearly that Jesus paid the price for the sins of the world – every sin. We cannot out-sin the grace of God. Our relationship as children in the family of God is restored through simple faith in the work of Jesus on the cross. The competing Jewish “authorities” resist this notion. They believe we cannot be made righteous simply through faith. They believe it is necessary to also be circumcised and follow the Jewish law.
Whether or not the competing Jewish “authorities” are believers, they are enemies of Paul’s message of grace. When confronted with opponents of his gospel in Acts 15:1, Paul’s teaching precipitated the Great Acts 15 council in Jerusalem. The decisive statement of that council was spoken by the Apostle Peter affirming Paul’s position when he said:
“And God, who knows the heart, testified to them [the Gentiles] giving them [the Gentiles] the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us [Jews]; 9 and He made no distinction between us [Jews] and them [Gentiles], cleansing their hearts by faith. 10 Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples [believing Gentiles] a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear [keeping the law]? 11 But we believe that we [Jews] are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they [Gentiles] also are.”
Paul’s writing of this letter (epistle) to the Romans was the same sort of action—a direct effort to confront wrong teaching. Acts was written by Luke, who was a traveling companion of Paul. A major reason Luke wrote Acts, and included this statement of Peter in Acts 15, was to bolster Paul’s authority as a true Apostle, and to demonstrate the authority of the main (Jewish) leaders of the early church supporting Paul’s teaching that Jews and Gentiles are saved the exact same way, by the grace of the Lord Jesus.
7 But if through my lie the truth of God abounded to His glory, why am I also still being judged as a sinner?
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