Sometimes when Paul is really on a roll, I get a little lost, especially when it comes to jargon about the law. I checked out this chapter in The Message translation and understood it a bit better and quite enjoyed it. Bible readers, we live in such a privileged time! We have immeasurable resources, right at our finger tips. I believe that God’s word is alive and absolutely anyone could open it, read it and be transformed (Hebrews 4:12). With that being said, sometimes it’s helpful to have a study Bible with commentary added, or at least a readable translation. Also, there ain’t no shame in my Googling-game. I love being able to look up a certain word, historical reference or to dig deeper into the meaning of something. (Be discerning with your internet sources, of course.)
“God sets things right. He also makes it possible for us to live in his rightness. So where does that leave our proud Jewish insider claims and counterclaims? Canceled? Yes, canceled. What we’ve learned is this: God does not respond to what we do; we respond to what God does. We’ve finally figured it out. Our lives get in step with God and all others by letting him set the pace, not by proudly or anxiously trying to run the parade.” 3:26-28 The Message
We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Its tempting to want God to be merciful and forgiving with you, and come down hard on your enemies. Fortunately, that’s not how he works.
“After all, is God the God of the Jews only? Isn’t he also the God of the Gentiles? Of course he is.” 3:29 NLT (emphasis added)
God’s forgiveness, grace and his Holy Spirit are available to all sinners no matter what.