Walking Through Romans
“In Need of a Savior”
This post goes along with the Free lessons posted at the end of this article.
Just because a person was raised in a Christian home does not make that person a Christian. Just because someone attends church every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night does not make them a Christian. Our identity in Christ is not who we are or what we do. Our identity is in Him! Paul is still addressing the Jews in Romans 3:3-8. Some where along the way some of the Jews had believed that just because he was a “Jew” and God had entrusted them with His word, and He had made Covenant promises with their people through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses, that was enough. The Jew as well as the Gentile are in need of Christ and no amount of works or identity with a certain group of people will accomplish this.
We must remember who the “True Jew” is before we tackle these 5 verses. Let’s look back at Romans 2:28-29 and recall what it teaches:
” For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.”
Who is the True Jew?
According to these verses the “True Jew” is one who has been regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit. He has had his heart changed to see his need of a Savior, he has believed that Jesus is the Son of God, repented of his sins, and trusted in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross to save him from his sins. There is an inward change!
The opposite of this would be a Jew in name only. The Jew in name only relies on his national heritage, his circumcision, his works of self-righteousness, and God’s covenant promises to His chosen Nation.
Then What Advantage has the Jew?
In this verse the “Jew” mentioned would be referring to the Jewish nation, the chosen nation of God. There is no argument that there is advantage in being the chosen nation of God. The “Jewish Nation” had received the very word of God. The Jews were given the privilege and advantage of KNOWING God, some of them neglected that advantage and chose rather to glory in their name only.
A Question Arises!
“What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God will it?” Romans 3:3
The question is “If some of the Jews did not believe would their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? Paul answers that by saying, “May it never be!”
My faithfulness does not have anything to do with the faithfulness of God. Look at what Paul teaches in 2 Timothy 2:13:
” If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.”
If a promise failed to be fulfilled it was in the disobedience of the person not in God. God made many promises to the “nation Israel” but they did not apply to the individual person. The Jewish individual (and the Gentile) must trust in and rely on God, (Not the externals that had been given to them) and be obedient to Him to have a relationship with Him.
Some did not believe but that will never affect the faithfulness of God. He will punish our sin. Sometimes I think we fail to remember that He is faithful to all His word. He did say in the Old Testament that if you do not keep my statutes and ordinances you would be punished. He is faithful to His word!
David Testifies to the Faithfulness of God!
In Romans 3:4 Paul quotes a verse from palm 51:4:
“Against You, You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified when you speak and blameless when you judge.”
This verse was written by David in response to the sin he had committed with Bathsheba. He had seen Bathsheba bathing on her rooftop and instead of fleeing temptation he gave into the temptation and lay with her. She became pregnant. He attempted to cover his sin by having her husband brought in from battle, have him be with his wife so that it appeared that the child was his. The attempt failed, Uriah would not lay with his wife while his men were in battle. So David had him killed in battle. He would then take Bathsheba as his wife and no one would know about the adultery. The prophet Nathan confronted David concerning his sin and this Psalm is in response to Nathan.
David recognized that he had sinned against God. He had done what was evil in the sight of God. Instead of standing on who he was or the promises made to Israel David stood on the faithfulness of God. David knew and understood that God was blameless in all He did. David admitted that he, and he alone was responsible for his sin! He deserved God’s righteous judgment. God did punish David in many ways, one of which was the death of his son.
The heart of David is the heart of a true believer in God. He did not try to cover his sin by shaking his fist at God and saying, “but You promised.” He accepted responsibility for his sin. He gave glory to God by testifying to His faithfulness!
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