never be of any advantage to truth, or to the God of truth; Romans 3:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Romans 3:7, NIV: "Someone might argue, 'If my falsehood enhances God's truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?'" Their condemnation is deserved" (Romans 3:7-8) To preach the full gospel opens you up to criticism. 2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem 1 in Judea, in the time 2 of King Herod, 3 wise men 4 from the East came to Jerusalem 5 2 saying, “Where is the one who is born king of the Jews? Romans 3:7. (p) Midrash Kohelet, fol. (2) God's eternal purposes and man's free agency, as also the doctrine of salvation by grace and the unchanging obligations of God's law, have ever been subjected to the charge of inconsistency by those who will bow to no truth which their own reason cannot fathom. for the accomplishing of his purposes and promises, in which his truth and faithfulness have been displayed, as in the cases of But it will also be shown by fulfilling his threatenings on the guilty. If by the unfaithfulness of the Jewish people to the covenant, occasion should be given to God to glorify himself, how could they be condemned for it? While it does contain the meaning of power and authority, it also contains the meanings of privilege, freedom, mastery, and liberty. His "truth" will be shown by the fulfillment of all his promises to his people, and of all his predictions. conduced to the honour of God, and the interest of true religion: Ro 3:7,25,26; 8:20,21; Romans 3 Resources - Multiple Sermons and Commentaries; Romans 3:1-8: Objections Answered - Steven Cole; Romans 3:5-8 The Advantage of Being Jewish, Part 2 - John MacArthur; Romans … through my lie to his glory: nothing is more opposite to truth than a lie; a lie of itself can never be of any advantage to truth, or to the God of truth; nothing is more contrary to the nature of God, and more abominable to him; a lie is of the devil, and punishable with eternal death; wherefore it may seem strange, that the truth of God should abound through it to his glory: now let it be observed, that the apostle is not speaking of himself, nor of his lie of unbelief, in his state of unregeneracy; but in the person of a sinful man, "for every man is a liar", Romans 3:4, as he says, "I speak as a man", Romans 3:5; representing a wicked man, who from what was before said, might collect this as the sense of it, that the truth of God is illustrated by the lies of men: and so much may be owned as the apostle's sense, that the truth of God is commended, illustrated, and made to abound, when it is asserted, that he is true and faithful, and every man is a liar, fallacious, and deceitful; "let God be true, and every man a liar", Romans 3:4, moreover, the truth of God may be allowed to abound through the lies of men, in a comparative sense, the one being set against the other; and so as contraries do, illustrate each other: this may be assented to, as that sometimes a lie has been overruled by God, for the accomplishing of his purposes and promises, in which his truth and faithfulness have been displayed, as in the cases of Jacob and the Egyptian midwives; but then this does not arise from its nature and tendency, but from the overruling wisdom and providence of God, and therefore not to be excused hereby from sin; and consequently the inference from it is not just, that therefore "no man can, or ought to be, judged as a sinner"; since his sin turns to such account, as to make for the glory of God, which is intimated in the question: why yet am I also judged as a sinner? Still, his execution shall avert the direct tendency of his crime, and do honor to the law and the judge, and promote the peace and security of the community by restraining others. be treated as such here, or judged and condemned as one Through my lie - If my lie, that is, practice contrary to truth, conduces to the glory of God, by making his truth shine with superior advantage. "Let God be true, and every man a liar" (Ro 3:4); and as many advocates of salvation by grace as say, "Let us do evil that good may come," "their damnation is just" (Ro 3:8). Hath more abounded - Has been more striking, or more manifest. By taking the time to understand its meaning, you will find a lot of wisdom for your everyday living . For if the truth of God The "truth of God" is the same with "the righteousness of God", ( Romans 3:5) , and means his faithfulness; of which it is hypothetically said, it hath more abounded; or has been more illustrated, suspect this to be the sense of the word in ( John 9:24 ) , "we know or, "What profit is there of circumcision?" nevertheless sins, and are taken notice of by him as such, and We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. heretic? or has been more illustrated. ((q) Juchasin, fol. Romans 8:31(NASB) Verse Thoughts In the preceding verses of his epistle to the Romans, Paul expounds the most extraordinary position, unsurpassed privileges, and catalogue of blessings that belong to every believer in Christ. minds; since this character stands opposed to a worshipper of the Romans 6:3–7 3 Do you not know that all of us o who have been baptized p into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? through my lie to his glory: excuse for their sins, nor will it be an exemption of them from Ecclesiastes 7:26 ) Romans 3 is the third chapter of the Epistle to the Romans in the New Testament of the Christian Bible.It was composed by Paul the Apostle, while he was in Corinth in the mid 50s AD, with the help of an amanuensis (secretary), Tertius, who added his own greeting in Romans 16:22.. The tendency of murder is not to honor the Law, or to promote the security of society, but just the reverse. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. 130. The truth of God - His truth or faithfulness in adhering to his threatenings. If our identity as “sinners” remains, so does the need for the law. says, "I speak as a man", ( Romans 3:5 ) ; In Romans 7, Paul tackles the relationship between the law—the commandments given by God—and human sinfulness. hath more abounded; or has been more illustrated. (Read Romans 3:1-8) The law could not save in or from sins, yet it gave the Jews advantages for obtaining salvation. faithful, and every man is a liar, fallacious, and deceitful; as an apostate from the faith? churches in the Gentile world, as well as in Judea; which much * No human being will be justified in his sight: these words are freely cited from Ps 143:2. and who are used to call heretics sinners: so "the sinner" in ( SEVEN. "let God be true, and every man a liar", ( Romans 3:4 ) : moreover, What does this verse really mean? Romans 3:7 - Is Paul a Liar? of God; being spread far and near, and made useful for the lie of unbelief, in his state of unregeneracy; but in the person and then the meaning of the last clause is, "why yet am I also providence of God, and therefore not to be excused hereby from that this man is a sinner"; an heretic, a man of bad principles; But in the apostle's esteem, "the oracles of God" were the jewel of the ancient Church (Ro 3:1, 2). as he was by the Jews, and who are used to call heretics sinners: so "the sinner" in Ecclesiastes 7:26 is thus interpreted (p), "these are the heretics": and elsewhere it (q) is observed, that concerning the heretics it is said, Proverbs 10:7, "the name of the wicked shall rot": and I very much suspect this to be the sense of the word in John 9:24, "we know that this man is a sinner"; an heretic, a man of bad principles; and in John 9:31; "now we know that God heareth not sinners"; men of corrupt minds; since this character stands opposed to a worshipper of the God of Israel. Salem Media Group. (Ro 3:1) those holding Romish views would undoubtedly have laid the stress upon the priesthood, as the glory of the Jewish economy. 77. Every lost sinner will be, therefore, an eternal monument of the truth of God. F17 is observed, that concerning the This proposed reading would mean that Paul is perfectly consistent with his negative presentation of the law of Moses throughout Romans 1:18–3:31. For — Or but (the objector may reply) if the truth of God hath more abounded — Has been more abundantly shown; through my lie — If my lie, that is, practice contrary to truth, conduces to the glory of God, by making his truth shine with superior advantage; why am I yet judged as a sinner — And arraigned for that which is attended with such happy consequences? For if the truth of God The "truth of God" is the same with "the righteousness of God", ( Romans 3:5) , and means his faithfulness; of which it is hypothetically said, it hath more abounded; or has been more illustrated, through my lie to his glory: It will, therefore, more abound by their condemnation; that is, their condemnation will furnish new and striking instances or his truth. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. All rights reserved. Proud member “Charles Darwin died in April 1882. [Articles in the Multiple Views series are intended to present various views held by Christians, in an objective and unbiased manner] It would be an understatement to say that Romans 9-11 is a controversial passage. Only here in the New Testament. R Ruin (Romans 1:17 – 3:20) – The utter sinfulness of humanity O Offer (Romans 3:21-31) – God’s offer of justification by grace M Model (Romans 4:1-25) – Abraham as a model for saving faith A Access (Romans 5:1-11) – The benefits of justification N New Adam (Romans 5:12-21) – We are children of two “Adams” S Struggle w/ Sin (Romans 6:1-8:39) Struggle, sanctification, and victory set off the lustre of his truth the more, yet their sins are Romans 3:7, ESV: "But if through my lie God’s truth abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner?" Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. “In this world, you will have trouble” (Jn 16:33). For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner? which is intimated in the question: why yet am I also judged as a sinner? --In the first instance His veracity as involved in His threats and promises, and then those other attributes, especially justice, that are intimately connected with this. they are corrected for them; and however God may overrule, in a The world is fallen (Gen 3), and while it is in the process of being restored by the finished work of Christ, suffering will remain a part of the experience for anyone in it, until the final return of Christ on the last day. observed, that the apostle is not speaking of himself, nor of his as an apostate from the faith? The world in which we live is a fallen world – a place of sufferings and trials and a time of heartaches and problems, a life of difficulties and sickness, a season of disappointments and death. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things that thou canst desire a… Romans 3:21–26 The Righteousness of God Through Faith 21 But now a the righteousness of God b has been manifested apart from the law, although c the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God d through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. apostle's sense, that the truth of God is commended, illustrated, Please explain Romans 3:31. He wished to be buried in his beloved village, but the sentiment of educated men demanded a place in Westminster Abbey beside Isaac Newton. God of Israel. Why does it not happen to me according to that, as. and means his faithfulness; of which it is hypothetically said, Romans 12:12 is a simple Scripture but packed with a powerful message. It is the moral deflection that follows upon unbelief. Romans 3:7 f. These verses are extremely difficult, and are interpreted variously according to the force assigned to the of Romans 3:7. Who or what supplies the contrast to this emphatic “I also”? For if the truth of God Jews might call his ministration of it, "abounded to" the "glory" This is where Paul is going (Romans 7:1-6). 10:7 ) , "the name of the wicked shall rot": and I very much It means the seventh book of the third chapter of the Book called 'Romans' in the Bible. and from the power of Satan unto God; and for the planting of God should abound through it to his glory: now let it be 2. (Romans 13:1-2) What the King James Version translates as “higher powers” the NIV translates as “governing authorities.” The word thus translated is exousia (#1849). As his coffin entered the vast building, the choir sang an anthem composed for the occasion. judged as a sinner?" Some commentators, Gifford, for instance, find it in God, and God’s interest in the judgment. Romans 4:3 "What does scripture say? The fault in the reasoning of the objector is this, that he takes for granted that the direct tendency of his conduct is to promote God's glory, whereas it is just the reverse; and it is by God's reversing that tendency, or overruling it, that he obtains his glory. This is the sense of the passage; unless by "the truth of God" should be meant, the Gospel, the word of truth, which is of God; and which through the apostle's "lie", as the Jews might call his ministration of it, "abounded to" the "glory" of God; being spread far and near, and made useful for the conversion of sinners, for turning men from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God; and for the planting of churches in the Gentile world, as well as in Judea; which much conduced to the honour of God, and the interest of true religion: and then the meaning of the last clause is, "why yet am I also judged as a sinner?" ) ; "now we know that God heareth not sinners"; men of corrupt as he was by the Jews, In answer to the question, "What advantage hath the Jew?" therefore "no man can, or ought to be, judged as a sinner"; since BUT IF OUR (in context primarily Jewish) UNRIGHTEOUSNESS DEMONSTRATES THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD:ei de e adikia hemon theou dikaiosunen sunisthesin (3SPAI):. “Lie,” suggested as an antithesis to the word “truth,” just used, has also a moral signification. Romans 3:7. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Greek Scripture. it. For if the truth of God in my lie abounded to his glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? the truth of God may be allowed to abound through the lies of 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Is this a contradiction to Romans 2:6-7 and 13 which connects justification and eternal life to good deeds? eternal death; wherefore it may seem strange, that the truth of "Truth" is leaning towards its moral sense. This is the sense of the passage; unless by "the (7) The truth of God. and in ( John 9:31 Romans 3:7 Translation & Meaning. 1. nothing is more contrary to the nature of God, and more Paul’s claims do not mean we’re “perfect.” In fact, Paul does not discuss being “perfect” at … nothing is more opposite to truth than a lie; a lie of itself can of a sinful man, "for every man is a liar", ( Romans 3:4 ) , as he I know from experience. It’s text, from the book of Proverbs, may stand as the most fitting testimony to Darwin’s greatness: ‘Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and getteth understanding. and so as contraries do, illustrate each other: this may be The word "lie" here means falsehood, deceitfulness, "unfaithfulness." What does Romans chapter 7 mean? conversion of sinners, for turning men from darkness to light, (See Note on Romans 2:8.) Answer: Not at all. The verb katargeō is also used in Romans 4:14 of the promise to Abraham—the Abrahamic covenant—as being void if that promise/covenant is based on the law of Moses. men, in a comparative sense, the one being set against the other; providential way, the sins of others for his glory, this is no 'Abraham took God at his word, and that act of faith was accepted as putting him into a right relationship with God'" (The New Testament: A Translation by William Barclay).. Abraham's "act of faith" was to believe the words of God. The "truth of God" is the same with "the righteousness of God", ( In fact, when Paul wrote Romans, Nero, one of the most evil rulers of all time, was on the throne. God threatened to punish the guilty. Jacob and the Egyptian midwives; but then this does not arise abominable to him; a lie is of the devil, and punishable with Romans 5:3-7 ESV Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our … truth of God" should be meant, the Gospel, the word of truth, Also, Christians easily could have taken Jesus’ teaching about the coming kingdom of God to mean that they should work for the overthrow of the secular, morally corrupt government in order to help bring in Christ’s kingdom. Their stated ordinances, education in the knowledge of the true God and his service, and many favours shown to the children of Abraham, all were means of grace, and doubtless were made useful to the conversion of many. hath more abounded; God uses His word to teach us how to live right and the three nuggets of wisdom in Romans 12:12 show us how to do just that . Romans 7:3. from its nature and tendency, but from the overruling wisdom and (3) A third objection, which adds somewhat to the former: if sins turn out to the glory of God, they are not only not to be punished, but we ought rather to give ourselves to them: and this blasphemy Paul, as he fights to curse and detest it, pronounces it to be a just punishment against such blasphemers. On this brief section, Note (1) Mark the place here assigned to the Scriptures. Wesley's Notes for Romans 3:7. notwithstanding the sins of his people, which are as a foil, to It has often been touted to be a proof-text for Calvinism. representing a wicked man, who from what was before said, might assented to, as that sometimes a lie has been overruled by God, 3:7 But, may the objector reply, if the truth of God hath abounded - Has been more abundantly shown. He begins by making it clear that those who are in Christ have been released from any obligation to the law of Moses. But amidst all the clouds and darkness which in this present state envelop the divine administration and many of the truths of the Bible, such broad and deep principles as are here laid down, and which shine in their own luster, will be found the sheet-anchor of our faith. why am I accounted and condemned as an But Paul is adamant that neither sin nor law continue to live. collect this as the sense of it, that the truth of God is Dear Mr Green, Whilst reading the introduction to your material, "Uncomfortable Questions: An Authoritative Exposition", I was somewhat distressed to find the following comments: "When this prejudice is combined with the interests of Christian missionary activities we can dismiss completely any resemblance of impartiality and honesty. hereafter, which is a most wicked, as well as weak consequence; Unto his glory - To his praise, or so as to show his character in such a way as to excite the praise and admiration of his intelligent creation. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Through my lie - By means of my lie, or as one of the results of my falsehood. “Do we then make the law of none effect through faith? * The law: Paul here uses the term in its broadest sense to mean all of the scriptures; none of the preceding texts is from the Torah or Pentateuch. 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