1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? 2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God. 3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? 4 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. Romans 3:1-4 (KJV)
Definition of Advantage:
2. Benefit; gain; profit.
What advantage will it be to thee? Job 35.
There exists, in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage.
Pretty much what you expected it to mean. But I’m trying to teach the concept that you should be looking up words, snd not just assuming you know the definition.
For example, the word Mystery. Mystery has two meanings in the Bible, and a third meaning to English speaking people. And a fourth, if you’re referring to a genre of worldly entertainment.
My point is that the word mystery has four meanings when you think about it, and what we use in English is not quite the meaning in the bible. In English it means something unknown and puzzling. In the Bible, it means something concealed in the old testament, something revealed in the New. When referring to religions, it means the Babylonian religion.
These verses teach us one of the indispensible doctrines of Dispensationalism, which we’ll approach in chapter 8 as well.
An interesting point, also resumed in Romans 8,9 & 10 is that Replacement theology, which we dealt with yesterday, is completely undone by these verses. Verse 3 in particular points out, “Some don’t believe – so what? Does that undo what God intended? Is faith become un-faith?”
The key to keep in mind still remains Elijah’s complaint: “they have all abandoned God and I alone seek thee.” God’s response holds true to this day: “I have reserved to myself 7,000 who have not bowed the knee to Ba’al.”
So, in every generation, there has been, according to the Bible, those who remain true to Biblical faith out of the Jewish people. I’ve spotted glimpses of them sitting in my Rabbi’s living room, reading his library. Rabbi Judah the Prince from the Talmud is a strong contender. And sometimes the Talmud records the names of them as “so and so the apostate”. There has been Jews who believe Jesus is the Messiah and Son of God since AD 30.
What is the tenets of Dispensationalism? God chose from the time of Abraham to deal with the Jewish people as His representatives on this earth. Shortly after around 45 AD or so, the focus began to switch to the Gentiles. The book of Romans contains verses that explain that eventually, God will return His attention to the Jewish people again, but this time, Jews and Gentiles alike will be saved.
When will that be? In case you haven’t noticed, the peripheral vision is already beginning to look back to the Jewish people. They’re suddenly clamoring for the rebuilding of the Temple. About half a second after the Rapture, God resumes His attention upon the Jewish people for the final chapters of human history.
This is a prime example of how I can say Christians can sleepwalk their way through the Bible. You read the “God be true and every man a liar” quote, that sticks in your head, and you separate it from it’s surrounding verses.
That’s really not good.
What does it mean? Well, basically what it says. But we need to remember the Bible was written as a book, and has clear thoughts running through it. While we are blessed by having the verse and chapter numbering, in many ways it is completely misleading, in that many Christians (I’m picking on Baptists too) are pulling verses out of context like a fortune cookie saying.
Always remember the verse… but always remember its context. If I were grading these studies, I’d be asking in essay form for you to describe the context in which that verse is found.