Sometimes a job interview will include the question, “What’s your edge over the other applicants?” The idea is that the person seeking the job has an opportunity to point out a particular advantage to the company if he is hired.
A similar question is posed by Paul in Romans 3, “Then what advantage has the Jew?” (v. 1) He has been talking about one of the main distinctives of the Jews, circumcision, and he has indicated that physical circumcision is of no real value unless one keeps all the law. So is there really any advantage for the Jew over the Gentile?
“Much in every way!” Paul says. “To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God.” (v. 2) The chosen people of God had received the very words of God in the sacred writings given them through the prophets over the course of hundreds of years. God had spoken, in revealing Himself and exposing man’s sin, and had moved man by his Spirit to write it all down.
But God’s revelation did not end with His word to the Jews. All that was written for them pointed to the Living Word that was to come, the God-Man, Jesus of Nazareth. He would be the full revelation of God and the Spirit of God would again move men to write it down. Now, we who are believers in Jesus have been given the “whole counsel of God”, including the full revelation in Christ.
If indeed, the Jews had an edge because they received the “oracles of God”, how much greater is our advantage, having been given the New Testament as well as the Old?
The question we need to ask ourselves is this: Do we avail ourselves of this marvelous advantage?
Or are we mired in complacency and ritual? Do we come to the Bible out of habit and duty? Or are we awed by the fact that we hold in our hands the very “oracles of God”?
- is the source of life (Matt. 4:4)
- is able to make you wise for salvation (2 Tim. 3:15)
- equips us for every good work (2 Tim. 3:17)
- lights our way in this dark world (Ps. 119:105)
- purifies and protects us (Ps. 119:9; Jn. 15:3)
- makes us free (Jn. 8:31)
God’s Word revives the soul, rejoices the heart, enlightens the eyes, and endures forever (Ps. 19).
What greater advantage can there be?
May we love it, know it, and obey.
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