(1)What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? (2)Much in every way! First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God.
(3)What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God’s faithfulness? (4)Not at all! Let God be true, and every man a liar. As it is written: "So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge."
(5)But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.) (6)Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world? (7)Someone might argue, "If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?" (8)Why not say—as we are being slanderously reported as saying and as some claim that we say—"Let us do evil that good may result"? Their condemnation is deserved.
No One is Righteous
(9)What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. (10)As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one; (11)there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. (12)All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one." (13)"Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit." "The poison of vipers is on their lips." (14)"Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness." (16)"Their feet are swift to shed blood; (17)ruin and misery mark their ways, (17)and the way of peace they do not know." (18)"There is no fear of God before their eyes."
(19)Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. (20)Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.
In verse 1-2 the question is asked, what is the point in being a Jew if these things that they did really didn’t do anything for them. Paul tells them this,
(2)”they have been entrusted with the very words of God” That is their importance.
I have told you all before that before I was a Christian I use to be one who said that the Bible was just a book written by men. Again that was before I put the proper time and effort in to studying it. But it is to me now a book with the very words of God in it.
The question you need to ask yourself is this, is this just a book written by men or is this for you the words of God.
John Calvin wrote:
This is the principle that distinguishes our religion from all others, that we know that God has spoken to us and are fully convinced that the prophets did not speak themselves, but, as organs of the Holy Spirit, uttered only that which they had been commissioned from heaven to declare. All those who wish to profit from the scriptures must first accept this as a settled principle, that the Law and the prophets are not teachings handled on at the pleasure of men or produced by men’s minds as their source, but are dictated by the Holy Spirit.