Bad News Good News


Do not lose touch with the truth that even though you turned away from God, Jesus offered you grace freely. That truth will propel your faith and your extension of grace to others. Jesus is God’s solution. Jesus is the Good News!

1 What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? 2 Much in every way! First of all, the Jews have been entrusted with the very words of God.

3 What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? 4 Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written:

“So that you may be proved right when you speak
and prevail when you judge.”

5 But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.) 6 Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world? 7 Someone might argue, “If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?” 8 Why not say—as some slanderously claim that we say—“Let us do evil that good may result”? Their condemnation is just!

9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written:

“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.

Romans 3:1-11

Picking up from yesterday, in which we focused on how we need the gospel as much as those with whom we share it, today we see that our need for salvation emphasizes God’s righteousness (vs. 5). When we show our unrighteousness in the world, we see more and more clearly that God is completely righteous.

There is a futile argument made that if my sin increases God’s glory, then people should do evil for good to result. Good luck with that. Our sin proves God right when he speaks and justifies him when he judges (vs. 4). And we are definitely all sinners. No one is righteous. No one seeks God. We all turn away. No one wants to hear this. It’s not good news. It’s bad news. You can read the description of our sin in 3:12-19.

And the law of Moses didn’t fix this. It didn’t produce righteous people. According to God, the law makes us aware of sin. We become conscious of sin when we compare and contrast our lives to God’s commands. There is even (Romans 2:14-15) a conviction of God’s law that exists in people who have never even heard of the Law of Moses. The requirements of the law are written on the hearts of those who don’t know God in a godly moral code.

Therefore, we become aware of our unrighteousness through law, yet the law doesn’t solve it. Rather, we see in Romans 3:21 that “a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known…”

22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Romans 3:22-24

Righteousness is available through faith in Jesus. He solved our sin problem. Even though we all fall short of God’s glory, we are justified freely through the redemption that came by Jesus. Amazing grace. Good news. This is good news!

So what will you do with this news? If you have faith in Jesus, I would say do not lose touch with this truth that as an unrighteous sinner who had turned away, Jesus offered you grace freely. That truth will propel your faith and your extension of grace to others. And if you are the unrighteous sinner who has not yet put faith in Jesus, I would say that this is God’s offer. Jesus is God’s solution. And he says (Acts 4:12, John 14:6) that Jesus is the only way. The only solution. The only offer of eternal righteousness.

Jesus is the good news.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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