There is a saying that has been doing the rounds for a while that goes something like this.
“Atheists don't believe in God, but God doesn't believe in atheists.”
The essence of this saying is basically what this section of Romans 3 is all about. It doesn't matter what you or I or anyone else thinks, it's what God thinks that matters.
In the end on the day of judgement it is what God thinks and says that will determine the fate of each and every one of us.
God is Constant
The thing about this matter is that God is always constant. He does not change with a whim. He shows no partiality or prejudice and being the Creator of all of things he is entitled to do as He pleases with what He created.
What that means for us is that if we are to receive the commendation and blessing of God, then we need to understand what is important to Him.
Likewise we should not be surprised at the judgement of God against us when we do not meet his expectations. We do not have the right to question God for what He chooses to do in His creation.
Paul mentioned this when he wrote in Romans 9:20-21,
20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?
God made us and He can do as He pleases. But through His love He has given us some advantages. He has given us help to understand and know His will and a way to escape His wrath on the day of judgement.
The Faithful and the Faithless
In this section we see Paul speaking of the Jews.
1 Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? 2 Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. 3 What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? 4 By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written, “That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged.”
The Jews were the keepers of the law and they had the teachings of the prophets, which were the oracles of God given to man to teach and train him in the ways of God.
But some of them rejected the words of God and were not faithful to what they were taught. They ignored their heritage and turned to sin and the things of the world and so were judged unworthy.
But the point we see Paul making is that even though some of the Jews were found unworthy, their faithlessness did not negate the faithfulness of God. God did not reject all of the Jews, let alone the rest of the world because of the rejection of a few. He did not deem all of mankind unworthy because those who rejected Him made themselves unworthy.
No. Instead God showed the constancy of His message when He established the covenants and fulfilled the words of His prophets by giving Jesus so that all mankind, Jews or Gentiles, could have the chance of freedom.
Sin rules the world, but righteousness by faith rules in the kingdom of God. his faithfulness now saves us as we enter His righteousness through Jesus Christ and receive the free gift of righteousness when we believe and take on the death and resurrection of Jesus as our own.
God remains constant throughout all of these things. What He said He will do. What He has spoken will be done. And it does not matter what we think. The one thing He has done for man is given us the free choice to decide for ourselves.
If we want to be with God then we can choose to do that. If we want to reject God then we can do that too. But whatever we choose, it is our choice and that choice will be judged according to the standards that God established and laid out in the bible.
He is the potter and we are the clay. He set the designs and we follow those designs. He set the standards of what is good and evil and we need to ascertain what those standards are and choose to act accordingly. If we choose to reject God then He will reject us.
As I said at the start of this post, atheists don't believe in God and God doesn't believe in atheists. When the day arrives and God judges the world, those who chose to reject Him will be rejected by Him. Make no mistake, salvation is from God as too is destruction and He will make the judgement fairly and justly on each of us for we will all stand alone before His throne and be judged.
So now it doesn't matter what you think, it only matters what God thinks. What is important then for us is to align ourselves with His thinking, accept the gifts and blessings He has provided and seek to do His will.
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