Romans 3:3-4 (New Living Translation – NLT)
3 True, some of them were unfaithful; but just because they were unfaithful, does that mean God will be unfaithful?
4 Of course not! Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true. As the Scriptures say about him,
“You will be proved right in what you say, and you will win your case in court.”
I’ve mentioned previously how awful it is for people to have an attitude of ‘entitlement’ and to expect special treatment just because of who they are. The apostle Paul has made it clear that the Jewish nation was indeed special and chosen by God. However, that in itself does not mean that the future for this nation doesn’t have its problems! If they are to expect a blessing from God, I think that they should be faithful to their God. Suppose that there are two people attending university. One is from a rich family and the other is from a more modest background. The one doesn’t have any difficulty in finding the tuition fees, nor does he have a problem finding the rent required for his house. The university is a good one and the lecturers are among the best in the country. Does this guarantee his graduation? No it doesn’t because both the rich and the poor students have to work in order to get the required grades for graduation. If the rich student is lazy and does not make the most of his clear advantages, then he cannot blame his heritage for his failure.
In a similar way, Paul is saying that there are some of God’s chosen who were unfaithful to God. However, despite their unfaithfulness, there is a clear and definite reassurance that God’s faithfulness remains. While it is therefore easy to revel in that faithfulness, we must never fall into the trap of believing that we can do as we please. God is faithful in all things. He is faithful to His promises – all of them. He promises a great future for those who remain in Him and He also promises to judge sin. There are two aspects to the promises of God.
2 Timothy 2:12 reads ‘If we endure, we will also reign with Him. If we disown Him, He will also disown us’. The warning to all of us is that we are never to take God’s promises for granted. His grace is amazing and may we always strive to honour Him in everything.