But if through my lie God's truth abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner? Romans 3:7
Paul continues his hypothetical Q&A…
Q: So if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, is God then unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? If through my lie God’s truth abounds to His glory, why am I still being condemned? After all, my unrighteousness is serving to display God’s glory, right? Why not just do evil so that more glory may come? And what is even the point of the law or the prophets?
A: Though the law and the prophets – God’s commands – bear witness to the righteousness of God, His righteousness is manifested apart from the law. His righteousness is attained through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. We are made right as a gift by His grace through Jesus.
Q: So do we throw out the law for this faith?
A: By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law. But it is not to earn favor or our salvation; it is in response to our salvation. We can uphold the law BECAUSE we are saved, not to become saved. God’s grace is not a license to sin at will, but instead an invitation to obey and serve the One who saves us.
Q: Then what can we boast about? What can we attribute to ourselves for this salvation? What can we say we have done?
A: There is no boasting in self. We are justified by faith apart from any of our works of the law.
This is the Gospel. This is freedom. We can’t accomplish it on our own, and we don’t have to. His steadfast faithfulness should draw us to Him even more deeply with gratitude and a heart that desires obedience.
Questions: What questions do you have for God? Ask Him today! He loves for you to come to Him. He can’t wait to reveal truth to you.