Romans 3
Questions put to Paul from the audience.

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1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit [is there] of circumcision?

2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.


(1) Question: What advantage do you have if you are one of 'God's Chosen'; i.e. a racial descendant of Abraham through Isaac and Joseph?

(2) Answer: The benefits are great. First, they were entrusted with the scriptures. They inherit the promises of Abraham.

3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

(3) Question: What good is that. Some were unfaithful. Wouldn't that destroy God's blessing on the rest?

(4) Answer: Absolutely not. God is true though every man is a liar. Psalms 51:4 says, "Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done {this} evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, {and} be clear when thou Judgest."

5 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? [Is] God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)
6 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?

(5) Question: Well then, if our wickedness proves God's righteousness, then are we to conclude that God's anger is unjust?

(6) Answer: Absolutely not. For, in that case, how would God judge the world?

7 For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?
8 And not [rather], (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.

(7) Question: What about doctrines such as the rapture? Some teach it because it gets people saved. Yet we know that it is false doctrine.

(8) Answer: We don't teach the rapture as some have reported. Shall we do evil if the reason is good? Anyone who does is just a damned liar.

9 What then? are we better [than they]? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;

(9) Question: Well, then, are 'the Chosen People' superior? 
Answer: No. I have just shown you that both Jew and Gentile are both sinners.

10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

(10-11-12) Look at Psalms 14:1-3, "They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, {there is} none that doeth good. (2) The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, {and} seek God. (3) They are all gone aside, they are {all} together become filthy: {there is} none that doeth good, no, not one."

13 Their throat [is] an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps [is] under their lips:

14 Whose mouth [is] full of cursing and bitterness:

(13-14) And Psalm 5:9, "For {there is} no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part {is} very wickedness; their throat {is} an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue."

Psalms 140:3, "They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison {is} under their lips. Selah."

(14) Psalms 10:7, "His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and Fraud: under his tongue {is} mischief and vanity."

15 Their feet [are] swift to shed blood:
16 Destruction and misery [are] in their ways:
17 And the way of peace have they not known:

(15-16-17) Isaiah, 59:7-8, "Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts {are} thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction {are} in their paths. (8) The way of peace they know not; and {there is} no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace."

18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.

(18) Psalms 36:1 The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, {that there is} no fear of God before his eyes.

(19) So we know whatever God's Law says, it says it to those who are subject to it. There are no excuses. Everyone, the whole world is guilty before God.

(20) The rituals of the law such as circumcision do not make you just in God's eyes. Nevertheless, The Law gives us the knowledge of sin.

21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

22 Even the righteousness of God [which is] by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

(21) But now, without rituals, God's righteousness is manifest. This is verified by the Law and the Prophets, i.e. The Old Testament.

(22) Even the righteousness of God {which is} by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: It makes no difference to God wether you be Judean or Gentile.

(23) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; All need God's rectification.

(24) Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

25 Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, [I say], at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

(25) God sent Jesus Christ to be a propitiation for us through faith in his blood, to show his righteousness through the pardon of past sins by the generosity, gentleness and forbearance of God.

(26) To declare at this time his righteousness, and make the believer in Jesus Christ righteous as well.

27 Where [is] boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? 

Nay: but by the law of faith.

(27) Question: We were proud to be God's Chosen race'. Where is our pride now?

Answer: It's gone.

28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Question: Where do you find that in the Law? Is it one of the rituals?

(28) Answer: By a Law of faith. I have been arguing that a man may be counted as righteous by an act of faith in Jesus Christ as distinct from a righteousness by the rituals of the Levitical Priesthood and Circumcision.

29 [Is he] the God of the Jews only? [is he] not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:

(29) Question: Is Yahweh is the God of the Jews only, isn't He also the God of the Gentiles?.

Answer: Yes. He is the God of the Gentiles also.

30 Seeing [it is] one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.

31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

(30) Remember it is the same one God, which shall justify the circumcision (Judeans) by faith, and uncircumcision (Gentiles) through faith.

(31) Now I know what you are going to say next. Do we then make void the law through faith? No way. On the contrary we establish the Law.


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