Rom 3:1-4 “What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God. For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? 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.”
Paul has spent much of the second chapter of Romans pointing out why an outward appearance of worship is vain if it does not come from the heart. In the same way, going to church and doing good things just to have praise from men is vain. True worship, whether under the law or under grace, must come from the heart. Otherwise, it is just a show.
Nonetheless, there were definite advantages to being of the circumcision, just as there are advantages to attending church regularly. There is no great mystery surrounding what the greatest of these advantages is. The things that God has said are entrusted unto them that attend to His service. It is a great responsibility to be entrusted with something of value.
The responsibility of being entrusted with something is also a very humbling thing. On three separate occasions in my life, friends have come to me and let it be known that if something should happen to them they were entrusting the care and raising of their children to my wife and me. Not only is this humbling, but there is a certain amount of fear involved in such trust. How much more so should this be when the Holy Spirit commits to us the very word of God!
There are many today who scorn those who take seriously the oracles of God that have been committed to them. These scoffers look around at the world and point to all the unfaithfulness they see in me. Seeing the weakness of the flesh, they question the power and righteousness of God. They take the position that if God was really cared, He would not allow the world to be in the condition it is in.
From Paul’s writing, we can see that this attitude is not new. Paul acknowledges here that some were not faithful (believing) of the oracles that were committed to them. However, mankind’s unfaithfulness does not make God unfaithful. The very fact that we see the condition that sin leaves the world in is evidence that God is faithful to His word.
We cannot expect the righteous God to be faithful to His promise of blessings and not be faithful to His promise of chastening. If His faithfulness were to fail in one part, then we have no assurance that He is faithful at all. With Paul, I say God forbid that we should ever let such a notion take root in our mind. If we know that God is faithful, then we are able to trust Him even when we do not understand all the things going on around us.
If we have been entrusted with the oracles of God, then we should know that God is true. Everything that opposes the truth of God and His faithfulness is a lie. God is just in His oracles (sayings). He is still righteous when, even though the darkened hearts of men would try to judge Him otherwise. The righteous word of God will always overcome the lies and vanity of the carnality of man.
May we put all our trust in Him, disregard our own ideas, and acknowledge Him in all we say and do (Proverbs 3:5-6)!