Romans 3:1-8 / God’s Infallible Judgment (Sermon – Notes and Audio)

Posted on June 27, 2013

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This is the fourteenth in a series of verse-by-verse expositions of the book of Romans. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the morning of June 23, 2013. This message deals with God’s perfect judgment, compared to our fallible judgment. This contains an audio recording of my message, along with my sermon notes and a study outline. Please note that the sermon notes are not a full transcript.

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Rom 3_1-8

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Romans 3:1-8

vv.1-2:
Paul had just finished saying that a Jew is one that is a Jew inwardly, not because of anything they do.

What advantage, then, has the Jew?

The Word of God was committed to them, they were meant to spread the Gospel to the world, this was a great honor.

Unfortunately, some did not believe.

v.3:
Unbelief does not change reality.

Just because they did not believe, doesn’t mean that God’s plan had stopped.

God’s word is eternal!

Matthew 24:35

He is always faithful!

2 Timothy 2:13

v.4:
God’s Word is the ultimate truth, and truth is not dependent upon one’s personal beliefs.

Every word of God is pure. . .

Proverbs 30:5-6

Jesus, Himself, is the truth.

John 14:6

Acceptance (belief) and faith in the truth (Jesus), is the only way to survive the judgment and be accepted by God.

Romans 10:9

Revelation 20:15

v.5:
Paul, using a human argument, is refuting the idea that unrighteousness will somehow glorify God, and bring about good. (v.8)

This was (and is) a common argument, designed to justify sinful behavior.

Our unrighteousness is the violation of God’s law.

Violation of the law does not make the law void, rather it brings attention to it.

Even so, it is still common today for Christians to impose our sense of righteousness upon God.

If God’s righteousness were reflected in our unrighteousness, then it could not be righteous at all.

We tend to want God’s judgment to reflect our own, but that would only serve to render God’s judgment unrighteous.

In that case, God’s judgment would be no different than man’s fallible judgment.

v.6:
We may like to tell God what to do, but we can’t.

We don’t dictate the terms to God.

How could God judge the world, if the world told God how to judge?

It would be like the fox guarding the henhouse.

These Jews were very religious, but they did not know Christ.

They lived by the law and would be judged by the law.

We will all be judged according to God’s word, not our own dictates.

v.7:
A second question Paul asks is this:If someone’s lack of truth enhances God’s truthfulness, how can God in fairness condemn him as a sinner?

In other words, since sin seemingly benefits God, how could He turn around and judge sinners for their sin?

v.8:
Tragically, the apostle’s gospel message of salvation by grace through faith alone had been perverted by his opponents.

They argued it provided not only a license to sin, but an encouragement to do so.

Romans 5:20

Romans 6:1-2

The apostle did not reply to these slanders.

He assigned such persons to God and simply observed that their condemnation is deserved.

If our sin brings glory to God, then why is it still considered sin?

Sin brings no glory to God!

Paul is clear that those who say that evil begats goodness, deserve their condemnation.

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