The aim of this passage is to cause the reader to understand God is righteous in all His ways and all human beings are unrighteous. This creates a paradox that can only be resolved through the work of Christ Jesus.
God is faithful, righteous and He is just (Rom 3:1-8)
God is righteous and requires us to be righteous.
Paul says that the Jews were privileged to have been entrusted with the word of God and in their unfaithfulness and unrighteousness, God had shown Himself to be righteous. This, however, does not excuse them and it will not excuse them if they continue in their unrighteousness even if it is in the name of spreading God’s word.
God, as reveal in the scriptures, is holy. He is the standard of holiness and any ideas of holiness we might have apart from God, are false. And He demands holiness of us and more so in the way that we spread His word to the rest of the world. The fact that we are flesh and that our history demonstrates that we can not be holy does not excuse us. This is why Christ Jesus had to die on the cross. There is no possible way we can have communion with God or deserve the grace that He has shown us apart from this sacrifice.
In Exodus 34:5-7 we read, “And Jehovah descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of Jehovah. And Jehovah passed by before him, and proclaimed, Jehovah, Jehovah, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness and truth; keeping lovingkindness for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin; and that will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, upon the third and upon the fourth generation.”
How is God’s righteousness expressed in you and your ministry? How could the Holy Spirit help you do better?
No man is righteous (Rom 3:9-18)
There is absolutely no human being that can be said to be righteous.
Paul continued to say that even though the Jews had the privilege of being entrusted with God’s word, they were not better off than the rest of humanity because all human being has sinned. He then goes on to quotes several scriptures that indicate the depths or humanities collective and individual depravity.
Like the Jews, it is possible for us as Christians after salvation and living the Christian life for awhile to get to the point that we feel that we are better off than the rest of the world. We could get to a point where we are self-righteous and forget that it is through the works of Christ Jesus and the works of the Holy Spirit that we have reconciliation to God.
In 1 John 1:8-10 we read, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
How are you reminded of your sinfulness day by day? Do you confess your sins and seek repentance?