Objections Overruled!

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. But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man) God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world? For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner? And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just. (Romans 3:1-8)

How many of you enjoy watching court dramas on T.V.? I have always enjoyed some the great shows that depict how the courts operate. As most of you know already, the court scene is made of up a judge, a jury, a prosecuting lawyer, a defense lawyer, the accused, and many witnesses. One of the things that you will see often in a court of law is arguments being made over whether the accused is guilty. Usually, the prosecuting attorney is given the chance to lay out his/her case proving the accused is guilty of their crime. Afterwards, the defense given their opportunity to prove the accused innocence. Many times, during either the prosecution or the defense there are objections raised over a comment made by a witness. At such time, the attorney will say to the judge, “Your honor, I object to such and such” whatever the case may be. The judge then has the power to accept the objection or to ignore it. Usually, if the judge decides to ignore the objection, he or she will say “Objection overruled.” In effect the judge is saying to the objecting attorney “Sit down, be quiet, my ruling stands!”

Paul in Romans chapter 2 has just finished stating that a Jew cannot get to Heaven on his own merits. Now, Paul knows that there are going to be many objections. In fact, as you read our text, Paul lists three objections to his argument and, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, God gives three answers to the objections. In other words, God is saying to those who would object the idea of a Jew not getting to Heaven on his own merit, “Objection Overruled!”

Let me give the three objections and their answers quickly. Then, I want to deal with one thought from these verses that I think will be helpful to all of us as we start this New Year.

WE OBJECT!

Here are the objections!

  • #1 – Was Paul attacking God’s People?
    • The Jews hold an advantage over everyone else because they are God’s chosen signified by mark of circumcision. (verse 1)
      • God’s Answer – Yes, they do! Their advantage though is because they were given the “oracles” of God or as we might say today the Word of God. (verse 2)
  • #2 – Was Paul attacking God’s Promises?
    • Even among the Jews many did not believe. Yet, God promised that they would be His people and would be elevated above all other nations. Is Paul saying that unbelief can undermine God’s faith making it ineffective. (verse 3)
      • God’s Answer – No! God is true. Men are liars. God’s faithfulness to men remains the same despite man’s unbelief. (verse 4)
  • #3 – Was Paul attacking God’s Purity?
    • This one was a very slick objection. Basically, to sum it up, some were saying that Paul teaching indicated that God used man’s sin to bring glory to Himself. They felt that Paul was impugning the righteous purity of God. (verse 5)
      • God’s Answer – God forbid that you would think that about me. Nowhere does God encourage or condone sin in order to glorify Himself. If that were true, then how could God judge the world? (verses 6-8)
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All these objections were raised! All these objections were overruled by God!

Here is the point! Many are still objecting! Many people are still trying to question God. Many people are still trying to find flaws with God’s plan. Even today, many people when confronted with their sin try raise arguments. How do you think teachings like evolution came to be? We live a word full of agnostic and atheists who think they have it all figured out. They think that know more than God! May I say to you this morning, there is not an argument big enough to overturn God’s plan for humanity. If you have not accepted Christ as Savior, you can argue with God until you are blue in the face, but it will not change anything. In the end, you will still be a sinner. You will still be on your way to hell. You will still need Christ to save you. The best thing you can do is stop your arguing with God and simply believe and trust Him.

We Stand in Contempt

There is a phrase that is often used in the court system. You may have heard of it before. It is to be in contempt of court.

Contempt of court, often referred to simply as “contempt“, is the offence of being disobedient to or disrespectful towards a court of law and its officers in the form of behavior that opposes or defies the authority, justice, and dignity of the court.[1][2] It manifests itself in willful disregard of or disrespect for the authority of a court of law, which is often behavior that is illegal because it does not obey or respect the rules of a law court.[3][4]

However, I want you to notice something interesting. God gives us a picture here of how the Jews were in contempt before God the righteous Judge.

  • FIRST, IT IS NOTED IN VERSES 1 AND 2 THAT GOD COMMITTED TO THE JEWS THE ORACLES OF GOD. GOD ENTRUSTED TO THEM THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS. It was their responsibility to the know the law and to live a testimonial life before all nations. However, as is noted in our text and we know from reading the Old Testament, many did not believe or care to live according to God’s Word. Instead, they chose to live in sin and wickedness.
  • SECOND, THERE WAS WIDESPREAD UNBELIEF MANY TIMES DURING ISRAEL’S HISTORY. WHY THE UNBELIEF? They had abandoned the Word of God. In fact, at one point in their history, they had completely lost the manuscripts.
  • THIRD, ALONG WITH THEIR CARELESS HANDLING OF GOD’S WORD AND THEIR UNBELIEF CAME PERVERTED THOUGHTS AND IDEAS about God and His covenant relationship with them.

 

The Jewish people openly defied and opposed God. Even though God had given them so many wonderful things – His Word, His Promises, His Blessings, His Prophets, and ultimately, His only Son! Repeatedly, they manifested willful disregard and disrespect towards Him. It is a wonder that God is still willingly to keep His promises to Abraham. Yet, does it not speak to the wonderful grace, mercy, lovingkindness, and forgiveness of God?

As I thought about this, I realized the implication for us today. We are not God’s chosen people – Israel. However, as Christians who have been saved by grace, we are God’s chosen people through His Son, Jesus Christ. And, as such, God has entrusted us with some things as well. He as entrusted us with…

  • His Holy Spirit.

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16)

  • His Word

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Peter 1:21)

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2 Timothy 3:16)

  • His Mandate

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

POINT – Here is my point! Just as Paul noted that the Jews stand in contempt in God’s court, how are we any different? God gave to the Jewish nation the greatest opportunity to obey Him and to live for Him as a witness and testimony before other nations. He gave them the Law and the prophets. He empowered them with His Spirit. And, yet, here we stand today in the exact same position. God has given us the greatest opportunity ever to obey Him and to live for Him. Yet, what have we done? May I say to you this morning that we stand in contempt. We do not appreciate God’s Word. We constantly resist the Holy Spirit. We totally ignore the mandate He has given. All of us this morning stand in contempt before God.

Conclusion

What must we do? We stand on the threshold of an entirely New Year. Last year is done. It is finished. We cannot go back and relive it. What we can do is make some changes. We can ask God this morning to forgive us of our sin. We can determine we are going to study and know our Bibles like we have never done before. We can determine that we are going to stop resisting the Spirit of God and begin allowing Him to fill us. We can determine that we are going to be witnesses for Him.


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