Romans 3:3-4: "For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: "That You may be justified in Your words, And may overcome when You are judged."
In chapter 3 of Romans Paul is dealing with how that we are under a new covenant and the dispensation of Grace, and the Gentiles are being grafted in, then what advantage do the Jews have. The simple answer that Paul is inspired to write is that they have a great advantage because they were God’s chosen people and it was to them that God gave the law.
I grew up in a time where a man’s word meant everything, a man’s word was his bond. A person because of his integrity could walk into a bank and borrow money because he was a man of integrity and his word meant something. Deals were finalized on a handshake.
The tragedy is that is not the case today. We have more safeguards today than ever before and yet people still renege on what it was they were supposed to do. Integrity means everything, not long ago I heard when Rava Zacharia was in the finalization stage of his worldwide ministry and they were debating on what to call the ministry. When someone suggested that they call it by his name he gave several objections as to why not. Yet one person said it was important that they call it Rava Zacharia because it was his integrity and faithfulness that people counted on. How true this is, that people need to know that when you commit to something you will see it through.
One of the greatest attributes of the nature of our Heavenly Father is He never lies. (Titus 1:2) It is not in His nature.
The devil is called the accuser of the brethren and he will try to accuse the Lord of being merciful for you and I and then letting us slide. God knows this.
But the problem that the devil and the world have in accusing a child of God is the Cross of Jesus Christ. When Jesus died on the cross it accomplished two things. .
- It meant that you and I were to receive mercy, but mercy is always at the price of Justice. This is the contradiction of all other religions that they don’t understand. Mercy is getting what you don’t deserve. When we came to Christ God had mercy on us rather than giving us justice to pay for what we did. Other religions will talk about Mercy and forgiveness but their problem is that they don’t comprehend the integrity of God.
- This brings us to the second part of the Cross. Some will say just ask for forgiveness and that there is no need for the cross or Jesus to die. Our Mercy is there because Jesus died, but there is something else and that is Justice. Because of Christ dying on the Cross God can give us mercy, and the Lord can be just because Jesus paid for our sins.
So when the devil or the world comes and says, “yea but their sins were not punished”, God can point to the cross, where His son bleed and died not only to secure our mercy but to secure justice and you find that nowhere else in any other belief system in the world, only in Christianity.
Therefore as Romans 3:4 says “That You may be justified in Your words and may overcome when You are judged” We are free!
Pastor Lee Cruse, the pastor who is thankful for the Cross of Jesus Christ
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