God's Righteousness and Israel

March 1, 2015 Speaker: Pastor Gary Smith Series: Romans: The Gospel for God's Glory

Scripture: Romans 3:1–3:8

Romans: The Gospel for God’s glory
Romans 3:1-8
God’s righteousness and Israel
God is faithful and righteous to save and to judge his people

1) What advantage is there in being a Jew? 3:1.
Given what Paul had to say about the Jews in chapter 2, especially in 2:25-29, what answer might you expect to the questions asked in this verse?

2) The Jews had great advantages, especially being entrusted with God’s oracles, 3:2.
Why does Paul focus on the advantage of having the revealed word of God?

3) If most of the Jews are unfaithful, will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? 3:3.

4) God is true even if everyone is a liar, so he is faithful when he judges, 3:4.
Describe Paul’s answer to the question raised in verse 3. How does Paul’s answer speak to God’s righteousness both in salvation and in judgment? How does Paul’s quote of David from Psalm 51:4 contribute to Paul’s answer?

5) If our unrighteousness shows God’s righteousness, is he unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? 3:5.

6) It can’t be that God is unrighteous, otherwise he cannot judge the world, 3:6.
How does Paul answer the question put forth in verse 5?

7) If by our lie God’s truth abounds to his glory, why does God still judge us as sinners? 3:7.

8) Some slander Paul’s teaching, saying that we should do evil that good may come, 3:8.
Explain the reasoning in verse 7 through the first part of verse 8. Why does Paul answer the way he does? What are some examples of ways people think and live according to this reasoning?

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