But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He? ( I am speaking in human terms.) 6 May It never be! For otherwise, how will God judge the world?
An argument has been laid out for Paul, most likely Judean’s questioning the condemnation for hard hearts:
- if our unrighteousness reveals the wonderful righteousness of God
- then, is not God unrighteous for bringing his wrath upon us?
- Isn’t it a blessing that God’s righteousness is revealed to the world? Why would He inflict wrath and judgement upon the very people that helped bring about that revealing? Without their wickedness, the world wouldn’t know God’s righteousness.
This is carnal thinking, human terms as Paul puts it. It’s man’s way of trying to justify their sin, and to make God a bully for judging the wicked. Think of it this way, abortion is evil, abortion is evil in the sight of God and yet, we as Christians believe that all unborn children that are killed go to be with God. (According to the belief of “age of accountability”). So isn’t it a good thing that more and more babies are aborted? Statistically speaking, of the millions of babies that have been aborted, many of them would have lived lives of wickedness and rebellion towards God and would be separated from Him forever. Isn’t aborting them, really showing them mercy, guaranteeing that they go to heaven forever and don’t fall into rebellion? But we know that God hates child sacrifice, and judges those who participate in it. Could we in good faith, encourage abortion just because we believe that it will bring all those children in the arms of the Father? That is twisted pagan thinking, and so is this argument towards Paul. Regardless of the human argument, there is no justification of committing sin as an act of bringing about God’s mercy and righteousness. Can we justify sin and wickedness out of a carnal belief that it’ll bring greater blessing? This is what the Paul argues against and gives a resounding NO! Because if God is unrighteousness in inflicting His wrath upon the wicked, how can He judge the world? He can’t. This is why the believer must respond to God’s righteousness with humility, to recognize that He is just to judge and bring His wrath upon the wicked and cannot be found with any fault, all fault belongs to us. As Paul had stated in 2:16 “God will judge the secrets of men through Jesus Christ.” God alone is righteous in His judgements.