Paul continues his argument, imagining an objection raised by his Jewish readers. It is true that Gentiles are condemned for not believing on the basis of God’s revelation in creation. However, if it is also true, as Paul has asserted, that God is looking for doers of the law and not hearers only, and if it is the case that the true Jew is one inwardly and true circumcision is of the heart, then what is the point of being a Jew and what real advantage is it? Paul answers that it is a great advantage, first because they had received the oracles of God. The fact that they may not have made use of these blessings does not mean that they were not true advantages for the Jews.

In the same way, all who hear the true Gospel preached and attend Bible-based churches have a great advantage and need to be careful to make proper use of all the blessings that are associated.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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