Unlimited: Our Unrighteousness and God’s Righteousness
May 30, 2022 1298
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? (Romans 3:5–6).
The point the apostle Paul is making here is that God is never unjust in condemnation of us. A good example of what Paul is saying here is Judas. Judas’ unrighteousness in betraying Jesus to the Jewish religious authorities brought out God’s righteousness more clearly. It led to Jesus’ crucifixion. Indeed, Judas’ betrayal of the Lord had even been prophesied (Zech. 11:12–13..) We might say that Judas’ unrighteous actions were used, though not caused, by God to fulfil his plan. However, Judas’ condemnation is certain. Jesus said of him,
…woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born (Matt. 26:24.)
God is righteous and just.
Judas could argue with God that he was only helping Jesus along and that his actions ended up being for good. Yet God would reply to him that sin is sin, and that what Judas did sprung from the evil motivations of his heart. It was only through God’s grace that he brought good out of Judas’ evil. That brings no credit to Judas, but rather to God.
Paul points out that trying to justify our actions before God and accusing him of injustice is “a human argument.” Only a human being, deficient in knowledge and wisdom would ever dare accuse God of injustice.
Have you ever been tempted to think that God was not fair in his dealings with you or with others? How did you overcome this? Is there someone who needs to hear about your experience this week?