A Proven Comodity

Greetings In the Name of the Lord:

Romans 3:4 (NLT)
Of course not! Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true. As the Scriptures say about him, “You will be proved right in what you say, and you will win your case in court.”

God is faithful to what he has said in the past—his entire revelation—and his words warn of punishment for sin even as they promise reward for obedience (NLT Study Bible). One of the great truths of spiritual life is that we will all fail to live up to God’s righteous standards – we will all sin. This is an unfortunate after effect of the Fall, that we are prone to sin. No matter who you are or how spiritual you might be, we all sin. It doesn’t matter how hard we try we will all be unfaithful to God from time to time. The devil uses this against and tries to discourage us. Scripture refers to him as “the accuser of the brethren,” and he not only accuses us before God but he also accuses us to our face. However, here Paul answers for us a very important question, “if we sin does God give up on us?” The answer to that question is a resounding “NO!” In the previous verse he asks the question, “True, some of them were unfaithful; but just because they were unfaithful, does that mean God will be unfaithful?” In this verse he reminds us that even when we fall God never gives up on us. He reiterates this idea in one of his letters to his apprentice Timothy to whom he says, “If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is” (2 Tim. 2:13, NLT). Another Apostle, John, tells us, “My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous” (1 John 2:1). This tells us that not only does God not give up on us but Jesus himself pleads our case for us. Wow, what an awesome truth of the Good News. Does that mean it’s okay to sin? Of course not (as Paul will deal with later in Romans), but neither should we get discouraged and give up. God doesn’t give up us and neither should we give up on ourselves. Thank you Lord for not only forgiving my sins but also not giving up on me when I fail.

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

 

 

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