1So does a Jew have any advantage? Does circumcision have any benefits? 2Yes, there are many benefits! First of all, God’s message was entrusted to them. 3What if some of them didn’t trust in God? Does their lack of trust in God obliterate the trustworthiness of God? 4Of course not! Even if everyone else is proved to be lying, God always tells the truth. As Scripture says, “What you say will be proved right, and you will win your case#3:4. Or, “you will be vindicated.” when you are judged.”#3:4. Psalm 51:4.
5But if the fact that we’re wrong helps to show that God is right, what should we conclude? That God is wrong to pronounce judgment on us? (I’m talking from a human perspective here). 6Of course not! How else could God judge the world? 7Someone could say, “Why am I still condemned as a sinner if my lies make the truth of God and his glory more obvious in contrast?” 8Is it a case of, “Let’s sin to bring about good”? That’s what some people have slanderously accused us of saying. They should be rightly condemned!
9So then, are we Jews better than others? Definitely not! Remember that we’ve already argued that both Jews and foreigners are under the control of sin. 10As Scripture says, “No one does what is right, not even one. 11No one understands; no one seeks God. 12Everyone has turned their backs on him; everyone does what is totally wrong. No one does what is good, not a single one. 13Their throats are like an open grave; their tongues spread deceit; their lips ooze with the venom of snakes. 14Their mouths are full of bitterness and curses, 15and they are quick to cause pain and death. 16Their way leads to disaster and misery; 17they don’t know how to live in peace. 18They don’t care about respecting God at all.”#3:18. This passage includes references to Psalm 14:1-3, 5:9, 140:3, 10:7, Isaiah 59:7, 8, Proverbs 1:16, Psalm 36:1.
19It’s clear that everything in the law applies to those who live under the law so that no one could have any excuses, and to make sure everyone in the whole world is answerable to God. 20For no one is made right before God by doing what the law requires. The law only helps us recognize what sin really is.
21But now God’s character of goodness and right#3:21. See under 1:17. Also 3:22. has been demonstrated. It has nothing to do with law-keeping, even though it was spoken of by the law and the prophets. 22This right character of God comes to everyone who trusts in Jesus Christ, those who place their confidence in him. It doesn’t matter who we are: 23We have all sinned, and we fall far short of God’s glorious ideal. 24Yet through the free gift of his grace God makes us right through Christ Jesus who sets us free. 25God openly presented Jesus as the gift that brings peace#3:25. Or “place of atonement.” to those trusting in him, the one who shed his blood. God did this to demonstrate he is truly right, for previously he would hold back and pass over sins, 26but now at this present time God proves he is fair and does what is right, and that he makes right those who trust in Jesus.
27So do we have anything to boast about then? Absolutely not, there’s no place for that! And why’s that? Is it because we follow the law of observing requirements? No, we follow the law of trusting in God. 28We conclude that people are made right with God through their trust in him, and not from legal observance. 29Is God only the God of the Jews? Isn’t he the God of other people as well? Of course he is! 30There is only one God, and he makes us right through our trust in him, whoever we are, Jew or foreigner. 31Does that mean that by trusting in God we do away with the law? Of course not! In fact we affirm the importance of the law.