verses for this week: John
3:19 And this is the
condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved
darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil..
Last week, we saw in chapter two that no one will escape the
judgment of God. We
that encourage others and condemn sin must be careful to not commit
those sins ourselves. God’s
eyes are open to all things that go on, and we must all one day
answer to Him.
Paul Answers Objections
3:1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of
3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were
committed the oracles of God.
There are two separate questions in verse one.
The first asking what advantage does the Jew have over the
Gentile, and the second asks what value is there in circumcision.
In verse 2, Paul responds and says that being a Jew was a
great blessing because they had the oracles of God committed unto
them. They were
set aside to be the people of God, but unfortunately, they turned
from God’s ways to serve the commandments of men.
3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make
the faith of God without effect?
3:4 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.
More questions are asked by Paul in verse 4.
If some did not believe the report of Christ, did their
unbelief discredit or somehow void what Christ did for us on
not. Men may deny
Christ, but He is the true and Just One, and Paul makes it vividly
forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar.
We know the bible makes it clear that God is totally
righteous and never lies.
We have some false things recorded that men or women put
forth, but every Word that came from God was truth and always will
6:16 For men verily
swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end
of all strife.
6:17 Wherein God,
willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the
immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
6:18 That by two
immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we
might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay
hold upon the hope set before us:
6:19 Which hope we have
as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth
into that within the veil;
6:20 Whither the
forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for
ever after the order of Melchisedec.
We can rest assured that God’s Word will stand.
13:31 Heaven and earth
shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
Paul told young Timothy that many had erred and said the
resurrection was past already, but that did not make it so.
We can rest assured in what God says.
It is always true and perfect and without error.
Tim 2:16 But shun
profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more
Tim 2:17 And their word
will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
Tim 2:18 Who concerning
the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already;
and overthrow the faith of some.
Tim 2:19 Nevertheless
the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord
knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name
of Christ depart from iniquity.
3:5 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God,
what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak
as a man)
3:6 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?
Paul continues with more questions in verse five.
The meaning of the issue being raised here concerns whether
God’s righteousness is made manifest by the unrighteousness of
man. And then, if God
takes vengeance, is he unrighteous.
He answers with a clear “NO” in verse six when he says
“God forbid.” God never did anything against man. Man is the one who has rebelled against a Holy and Righteous
God.. If God did
not judge man, He could not be a truly fair and impartial Heavenly
Father. Since God cared
so much for us that He would send His only Begotten Son to die in
our place to pay our penalty of sin, He must judge those that reject
this perfect gift.
17:31 Because he hath
appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in
righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath
given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the
3:7 For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie
unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?
3:8 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.
Paul is warning us that any wrong deed, no matter if done for
good, is still wrong and will be judged.
You may have heard the old saying that the end justifies the
wisdom such as this should never come into the work of God.
Jesus did everything exactly as the Word of God required, and
we should follow his example.
Many today try to improve upon God’s way, and it may sound
very good from a human standpoint.
We need to be most concerned in how God sees things and do
things all for the honor and glory of God.
5:16 Let your light so
shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify
your Father which is in heaven.
5:17 Think not that I
am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to
destroy, but to fulfil.
5:18 For verily I say
unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in
no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall
teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven:
but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called
great in the kingdom of heaven.
Fourteen Charges God Brings Against Sinful Men
3:9 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
Exactly what is Paul referring to in verse 9 when he says
“What then?” I
believe this is considering all that he had previously stated from
about verse 17 of chapter 2 through verse 8 of chapter 3.
In conclusion of all the things just taught about the Jew, he
asks “are we better than they? (the Gentiles.)
When it comes to our standing before God, the answer is that
none are righteous before God.
Every man and woman is guilty of sin and before we come to
Christ for forgiveness, we are condemned.
We read those verses in John last week where it states that
we are condemned already because we have not believed on Christ.
Sin has a penalty, and either we must pay for it or accept
Christ’s gift of eternal life.
against Man in his natural condition in verses 10-18:
3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
In our natural condition, we have come into the world
inheriting the nature of Adam.
When he and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit, they died a
spiritual death that day.
Since we all have this nature indwelling within us, each of
us sins eventually. It may just be a small sin like telling a little lie.
But all of us sin, and can not stand before God in our own
14:1 To the chief
Musician, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There
is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there
is none that doeth good.
14:2 The LORD looked
down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any
that did understand, and seek God.
14:3 They are all gone
aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth
good, no, not one.
3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh
Even with the greatest of education, man truly does not
understand things clearly and does not seek after God.
We may have an indication inside that God exists, but our
natural inclinations are not to seek God out.
God cared so much for us that while we were yet His enemy, He
sent Christ to die for us. The
Just dying for the unjust. This
is love that is hard to comprehend.
Pet 3:18 For Christ
also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he
might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but
quickened by the Spirit:
Cor 1:21 For after that
in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased
God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
Cor 1:22 For the Jews
require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
Cor 1:23 But we preach
Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the
Cor 1:24 But unto them
which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and
the wisdom of God.
Cor 1:25 Because the
foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is
stronger than men.
Cor 2:14 But the
natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they
are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are
3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become
unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
We don’t naturally stay on the straight and narrow path of
God. We tend to go out
of the way and become unprofitable.
We become unfit for use until we find Christ and then He can
mold us as clay in the hands of the potter.
Not one man does good by nature, not even one.
53:6 All we like sheep
have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the
LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
3:13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they
have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
The sepulchre is another word for the grave.
It is like our throat opens up to the place of death, and we
spread the poison that comes forth from our lips.
James speaks of how the tongue is a little member, but it can
stir up so much trouble. We
all must learn to control the tongue to be effective in our
1:26 If any man among
you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth
his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
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.
10:7 His mouth is full
of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and
3:5 Even so the tongue
is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a
matter a little fire kindleth!
3:6 And the tongue is a
fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that
it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of
nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
3:7 For every kind of
beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is
tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
3:8 But the tongue can
no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
3:9 Therewith bless we
God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made
after the similitude of God.
3:10 Out of the same
mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things
ought not so to be.
39:1 To the chief
Musician, even to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David. I said, I will take
heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth
with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.
3:14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
We just read the verse in James 3 where God commands
that we bring forth not both blessing and cursing from our lips.
Our speech should be such that it glorifies and honors our
Lord and Savior. Just
by our speech, we should be known as Christians. Once, while the Lord was being condemned before
his death on Calvary, Peter was watching from a distance and the mob
said his voice betrayed him.
26:70 But he denied
before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.
26:71 And when he was
gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them
that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.
26:72 And again he
denied with an oath, I do not know the man.
26:73 And after a while
came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou
also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.
26:74 Then began he to
curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the
26:75 And Peter
remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock
crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
We see Peter was trying so hard to disassociate himself from
Christ, that he began to curse.
This is exactly what God does not want us to do, and you see
how bitterly Peter was dealt with by the Holy Spirit when the Holy
Spirit made him realize what had been done.
Sin is wrong, and brings heartache and destruction.
It may have pleasure for a season, but the end of it is
3:15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
The lost man is not concerned about hurting another person.
It may be actually something he delights in doing.
But we should never be this way.
59:7 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.
1:16 For their feet run
to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
3:16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
The way of wicked is hard.
Destruction and misery are in the way each day.
Tim 3:13 But evil men
and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being
3:17 And the way of peace have they not known:
The only real peace in this life (and the life to come) comes
from knowing the Lord Jesus Christ.
Christ came to give us abundant life, the greatest life we
can have. If the
world could understand the peace that the child of God has, they
would rush to receive Christ as Savior.
But Satan has their eyes blinded, making them to believe that
peace and happiness is in the acquisition of things or power.
Christ gives true and lasting peace.
14:27 Peace I leave
with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I
unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
5:1 Therefore being
justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus
57:21 There is no
peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
3:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
The reality that we must all stand and give an account of our
deeds before God is not in the mind of man. Many want to believe that we are like the animals.
Once we die, that is the end.
But man has both a body, soul, and spirit.
After the body dies, the soul and spirit live on.
36:1 To the chief
Musician, A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD. The
transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no
fear of God before his eyes.
36:2 For he flattereth
himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.
36:3 The words of his
mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to
12:12 And further, by
these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end;
and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
12:13 Let us hear the
conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments:
for this is the whole duty of man.
12:14 For God shall
bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it
be good, or whether it be evil.
8:8 So then they that
are in the flesh cannot please God.
8:9 But ye are not in
the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell
in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of
8:10 And if Christ be
in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life
because of righteousness.
8:11 But if the Spirit
of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that
raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies
by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
What the Law Cannot Do
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.
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.
purpose of the law is to stop every mouth and show the whole world
guilty in the sight of God. The
law showed Paul that he was guilty before the Lord.
7:7 What shall we say
then? is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by
the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou
shalt not covet.
law never has and never can justify a soul before God. What is does is teach us that we are sinners and must seek
salvation from God. The
law was for the sinners and the ungodly.
Tim 1:8 But we know
that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
Tim 1:9 Knowing this,
that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless
and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and
profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for
3:24 Wherefore the law
was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be
justified by faith.
3:25 But after that
faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
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