As I was walking through a parking lot the other day, this thought came to mind, “If I can do just one good thing for someone today, then it is a good day.”

Each day God is faithful to provide more than one opportunity.  God’s word provides encouragement to this end, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).  It should give us great confidence each day to know that God has a plan and good things for us to do.  Many times these things will not be easy, but they are for the good of others and for the good of our spiritual growth.

The good things we do should be done without any expectation of reciprocity as they should ultimately be done as an overflow of the love of God in our lives and for God’s glory.  May God help us to be joyful and willing servants.

“Sing to the LORD, bless His name;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.”
Psalm 96:2

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Romans 2:17-3:8 – Part 4

Romans 3:1-8, “What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision? 2 Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God. 3 For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? 4 Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written:

‘That You may be justified in Your words,
And may overcome when You are judged.’

5 But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unjust who inflicts wrath? (I speak as a man.) 6 Certainly not! For then how will God judge the world?
7 For if the truth of God has increased through my lie to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? 8 And why not say, ‘Let us do evil that good may come?—as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just.”

Romans 2:17-3:8 – Part 4

The Apostle Paul has laid out the guilt of his own people as part of his theme that all people are guilty before a Holy God.  Here he wants to make clear that though all people are guilty before God and in danger of God’ wrath, that there is an advantage to being a Jew.

I find it fascinating that he states, “Much in every way!” And then he states only one thing, “To them were committed the oracles of God.”  All other blessings were summed up in the fact that God spoke to them.  What a privilege they had, and we should all be so thankful because regardless of whether you are a Jew or Gentile you now have access to the Word of God because of them.

Paul then goes on to state that though some Jews did not believe it did not negate the faithfulness of God but rather amplified it.  Some twisted people in their minds then wanted to use this fact as an excuse and a way to call God unfair for judging them.  “For if the truth of God has increased through my lie to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner?”  Paul is rightfully angry that others have claimed he has taught this heresy.  Later in the book Paul will handle this way of thinking in more detail, but for now he just wants to lay this out as perverse thinking and that those who think this way deserve the condemnation they will receive.

The primary lesson here is that people are always looking for excuses for why they should not be judged.  However, the only correct response is to admit our guilt and seek forgiveness from a Loving, Holy, and Just God, through Jesus Christ who paid for our sins at the cross.

We should also note that anyone who claims to be a follower of Jesus and has anti-semitic tendencies or is blatantly anti-semitic needs to seriously reevaluate what they believe.  For they are in serious error on many levels.