What Of The Jew?
I. THE COMMITTED WORDS OF GOD (vv. 1-2).
A. Christianity owes much to the Jew.
1. Abraham – father of nations.
2. Abraham – friend of God (James 2:23).
B. The law, which came through the Jew reveals all to be sinners.
C. The precepts of God tell us what we are to do.
D. God’s Word is enduring, “Forever, O LORD, Thy Word is settled in heaven.” (Psalm 119:89).
1. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words shall not pass away.”
E. The Word being committed to the Jew is also their condemnation if not obeyed.
F. Do they (the Jew) have any advantage?
1. Paul says, “Yes!” “Much every way…” It is basically the promises of God to Abraham and the nation.
2. God’s promises will not fail.
II. THE CONSISTENCY OF GOD’S TRUTH (vv. 3-4).
A. The Jewish teachers/leaders had a problem with the gospel of Jesus because it seemed to them, to negate God’s promises to Israel.
1. Will some people’s unbelief make God’s promises null and void?
2. Paul’s answer is “No!”
B. Man often breaks promises, whether it is intentional or unintentional
C. God is Truthful, He never lies; man on the other hand, is a noted liar.
1. God always keeps His promises.
2. We, as humankind are known for not keeping our word faithfully.
D. Since God’s Word is true, we can have confidence that He is who He says He is; we are who He says we are, and we are in need of what He says we are in need of.
III. THE COMMENDATION OF GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS.
A. The questions presented thus far, which Paul has asked, prove the righteousness of God.
B. By what Paul previously has written, he has shown that the unrighteousness of mankind shows the very righteousness of God.
C. The unrighteousness of man commends God’s righteousness.
1. If God judges unrighteousness does this make Him unrighteous when he is commended by unrighteousness?
2. Of course, the answer to this question is an unequivocal NO!
3. His judgment of unrighteousness proves Him to be righteous, and holy.
4. If God does not judge the sins of mankind, how would it be possible for Him to Judge the wicked at the last day.
D. Paul was probably being accused of teaching people to sin in order that God would be glorified.
1. There is nothing here to give us that idea.
2. Those who would teach or believe such and declare God unrighteous, because He is commended by unrighteousness, and yet judges unrighteousness is boiling in condemnation.
E. Man’s condemnation is sure, if he rejects God’s call to repentance, to Jesus Christ, and to righteousness.
IV. WHAT OF THE JEW?
A. They have disobeyed God’s Word time and time again, but yet, they too can be made right with God through the Lord Jesus Christ.
B. One day the whole living nation will repent and follow Jesus (Romans 9 – 11).
-Tim A. Blankenship