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Raising objections with God (Romans 2:28-3:8, Romans 9:20)

Stephen NeillyStephen Neilly, January 31, 2021
Part of the Paul's letter to the Romans series, preached at a Sunday Evening service

- How these objections proceed
- Why these objections don't really work
- How to answer these objections

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Romans 2:28–3:8 (Listen)

28 For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. 29 But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.

3:1 Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written,

  “That you may be justified in your words,
    and prevail when you are judged.”

But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.) By no means! For then how could God judge the world? But if through my lie God’s truth abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner? And why not do evil that good may come?—as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just.

(ESV)

Romans 9:20 (Listen)

20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?”

(ESV)