Romans 3:1-8 NASB
¹Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision?
²Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God.
³What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it?
⁴May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written, “That You may be justified in Your words, And prevail when You are judged.”
⁵But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He? (I am speaking in human terms.)
⁶May it never be! For otherwise, how will God judge the world?
⁷But if through my lie the truth of God abounded to His glory, why am I also still being judged as a sinner?
⁸And why not say (as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say), “Let us do evil that good may come”?
The law could not save in or from sins, yet it gave the Jews advantages for obtaining salvation.
Their stated ordinances, education in the knowledge of the true God, and His service, and many favours shown to the children of Abraham, all were means of grace, and doubtless were made useful to the conversion of many. But especially the Scriptures were committed to them.
Enjoyment of God’s word and ordinances, is the chief happiness of a people.
But God’s promises are made only to believers.
Therefore unbelief can make this of no effect.
He will fulfil His promises to His people,
and bring His threatened vengeance upon unbelievers.
God’s coming judgment over the world, should for ever silence all doubting and reflections upon His justice.
The wickedness and obstinate unbelief of the Jews, proved man’s need of the righteousness of God by faith, and also His justice in punishing for sin.
Let us do evil, that good may come, is more often in the heart than in the mouth of sinners; for some justify themselves this way in their wicked ways.
The believer knows that duty belongs to him, and events to God; and that he must not commit any sin, or speak any falsehood, upon the hope, or even assurance, that God may thereby glorify himself.
If any speak and act this way, their condemnation is just.
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