Monday, October 8
PAUL ANSWERS AN OBJECTION
So what advantage does the Jew have? Or what is the benefit of circumcision?
2 Considerable in every way. First, they were entrusted with the very words of God. 3 What then? If some were unfaithful, will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? 4 Absolutely not! Let God be true, even though everyone is a liar, as it is written:
“That you may be justified in your words and triumph when you judge.”
5 But if our unrighteousness highlights God’s righteousness, what are we to say? I am using a human argument: Is God unrighteous to inflict wrath? 6 Absolutely not! Otherwise, how will God judge the world? 7 But if by my lie God’s truth abounds to his glory, why am I also still being judged as a sinner? 8 And why not say, just as some people slanderously claim we say, “Let us do what is evil so that good may come”? Their condemnation is deserved!
THE WHOLE WORLD GUILTY BEFORE GOD
9 What then? Are we any better off? Not at all! For we have already charged that both Jews and Gentiles are all under sin, 10 as it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one. 11 There is no one who understands there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away; all alike have become worthless. There is no one who does what is good, not even one. 13 Their throat is an open grave; they deceive with their tongues. Vipers’ venom is under their lips. 14 Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 ruin and wretchedness are in their paths, 17 and the path of peace they have not known. 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are subject to the law, so that every mouth may be shut and the whole world may become subject to God’s judgment. 20 For no one will be justified in his sight by the works of the law, because the knowledge of sin comes through the law.
There are a few important things to recognize in this passage of scripture. Paul points out the fact that many Jewish people had rejected the gospel. This, however, did not mean that God’s faithfulness to them was in vain. It did not mean that God’s work was no longer legitimate. If everyone in your life rejected the truth of God and his promises it would make what God says no less true. In the midst of unbelief, go on believing. God will always prove Himself to be faithful. No matter how many people refuse to believe, The gospel will never fail to be powerful and true.
Do you allow other’s unbelief and doubt affect the stability of your faith? God has never been proven wrong. God has never failed and He won’t start now. Let his faithfulness give you confidence and peace!
Father, help me believe that If you say one thing, and everyone else in the world says another, what you say is true, and everything else is false. Help me to believe your truth even if nobody else does.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.