The Message in Romans (9)

What shall we conclude?

 Paul established that both, Jews and the Gentiles alike are sinners, and neither has an excuse for it. The Gentiles, despite the testimony by nature, did not seek God. Jews, even though they had the revelation about God and had the law, did not obey the spirit of the law. “What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are under sin.” Romans 3:9, NIV.

Even the most powerful law and the best possible obedience could not change the sinful nature and cleanse the conscience of the humankind. Even the best efforts of human beings are evil in Gods eyes because human life is evil by nature. God and only He could change the sinful nature of the humankind. The sin in the garden of Eden made the entire humanity “worthless.” “As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.’” Romans 3:10, 11, NIV.

The above should have been evident for the Jews because they had the oracles of God and the Mosaic law. The Jews, however, failed to realize that God gave them the oracles not because they are better than other people, but because they were to proclaim the will of God to the world. They were to inform the people that God will, in the fullness of time, restore them to Him as His children. Also, the Jews should have realized that God gave them the law and the revelation because they were sinners by nature, not because they were righteous. The good and righteous ones do not need the law for instruction. “We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers and mothers, for murderers.” 1 Timothy 1:9, NIV. The fact that the Jews had the law signified they are unrighteous and sinful by nature. God sent us the Redeemer and the Savior, not because we were worthy, but because we need Him. Jesus Christ is our righteousness from God, and no law could quantify it because God is the lawgiver, the created things could not define the nature of the Creator.

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Dan Lazich

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