February 13, 2018

Why NOT To Keep Doing Evil

Romans 3:5–8

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But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.) By no means! For then how could God judge the world? But if through my lie God's truth abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner? And why not do evil that good may come?—as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just.

Why NOT To Keep Doing Evil

Central Truth

"[W]hy not do evil that good may come?" (Romans 3:8) Because we have been given grace from the One who loves us more than we can ever imagine.

Devotional | Romans 3:5–8

In today’s passage we see two similar questions. Essentially, we are asked why we are condemned as sinners if our sin shows the goodness of God. It says, “why not do evil that good may...

In today’s passage we see two similar questions. Essentially, we are asked why we are condemned as sinners if our sin shows the goodness of God. It says, “why not do evil that good may come?” (Verse 8)

Because of His sovereignty and His goodness, God is able to use bad things in this world and turn them around for good. Let me say that I want to serve a God who can do that!

So our sin is bad and separates us from God. But it glorifies God because in His forgiveness we see His love, grace, mercy, and kindness. That’s what was being asked in the passage. If my sin shows the goodness of God, why should I still be condemned as a sinner? “[W]hy not do evil that good may come?” But that’s the thing. When God displayed His grace through sending His Son to die on the cross for our sins, we who have trusted in Christ have died to our sin (Romans 6:2). This does not mean that God overlooks our sin. It means that JESUS took on my sin. It wasn't overlooked; Jesus took the blame. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

This is good news because it means that we are no longer slaves to our sin and flesh. Not only are His love and grace shown in the forgiveness of my sin, but it’s because of that love and grace that I should obediently trust and follow the One who sent His Son as a sacrifice for me. So back to the question “why not do evil that good may come?” Because we have been eternally saved and reunited with the One who loved us enough to send His only Son to die for us. Imagine Him standing right in front of you and telling Him, “No thanks, I’ll keep on sinning.” It’s not easy to imagine saying that to the Person who just saved your life. BUT we have been redeemed and are free from our sin!

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Bio | Katelaine McGee

Hi, my name is Katelaine McGee! I was born and bred in the great City of Dallas, Texas, and left for only four years to attend Texas A&M University. That’s where I met Peyton—my salsa dance partner in a charity event and future husband. Back in Dallas, I became an elementary school teacher to some of the most amazing kids in the world. When I’m not at school, you will probably see me around Watermark on Thursday nights serving at Women’s Bible Study or walking my dogs at White Rock Lake.

Discussion Questions

1. How would you respond to someone who uses an argument like the ones we see in today’s passage? Have you ever been in a conversation like this?

2. When have you seen God use a bad circumstance to display His glory?

3. Are you ever tempted to give in to temptation because you know that God will forgive you? What Scripture can you use to give you strength in times of temptation?

14 Comments available

Georgia Littlejohn 3 months ago

For some reason this part of your devotional stuck out to me. “This does not mean that God overlooks our sin. It means that JESUS took on my sin. It wasn’t overlooked; Jesus took the blame.” I never thought of it that way. I only thought the sin was forgiven but maybe it’s not forgotten. Maybe that’s what helps shape up to be good stewards for Christ. Hope that made sense.

Elizabeth Lariscy 4 months ago

May God bless you, Katelaine! Thank you for your great devo. I loved question 3. Perfect timing for lent. I think of JAMES 1: 12-15 , Galatians 5:7, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Luke 22:40, Matthew 26:4, mark 14:38.

Michael Scaman 4 months ago

Regarding Q1: You might show how careful the Father is in cutting every single dead branch and cutting back every single fruitful branch so it bears more fruit. Doing evil so good will come doesn’t fit that.

greg jones 4 months ago

Romans 3:1-2 Paul says this “What advantage then is there in being a Jew or what value is there in circumcision? Much in every way!”

Romans 3:9 Paul says this “What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all!”

In between those two statements someone had to write a devotional. Great job Katelaine. I probably would have just quoted Peter talking about Paul. “His letters contain some things that are hard to understand. 2 Peter 3:16 I did go back and read Matthew chapter 5 because I think Paul is trying to make a case to those who would argue with this kind of teaching on an intellectual basis.

Michael Scaman 4 months ago

“…as some people slanderously charge us with saying…” suggests this is coming from opponents of the gospel who don’t understand it

God’s goals are glorifying Himself, making a person like Christ, freeing them to choose the best with a changed heart. God does delight in mercy - they get that part right. Micah 7:18 But its only a part

VO NGUYEN 4 months ago

I got so much out of today’s JTJ. Nothing good comes from doing unrighteous for the purpose being good. Evil comes from evil. Good comes from Good. Discussion Question 3 took it home by helping me to understand that there are times in my life when I give into temptation and fall into the easy way out knowing that God will forgive me. However, I believe if we be obedient in being steadfast in our faith that God will continue to be blessed. I had a hard time finding encouraging verses, but the one that has been following me since I became a believer is Philippians 1:6 Sometimes I need to remember that God is sovereign in my life and he can turn any situation into a good if we continue to be obedient in him. For only good can come out of him, not us.

Autumn VerHoef 4 months ago

1 Corinthians 3:11-14 “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.”

In Philippians 1 Paul wrote about those preaching Christ to stir up trouble for him, but either way Christ was still preached and glorified.

2 Corinthians 6:3 “We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited…”

Trey Collins 4 months ago

Hi Katelaine, you’re 3rd question is a good one! I have had those kind of thoughts. God promises to always forgive me so more sin is just going to be washed away. That’s a microscope view though, as we have consequences to our sin. Primarily separation from God and those we sin against, if not something even more tangibly consequential. May we never justify sin as a means to exercise grace. Praying for you this morning!

Kristi Lichtenberg 4 months ago

I love how the Women’s Bible Study on the life of David shows the ripple effects of sin - even forgiven sin - and God’s redemptive plan.

When you’re out there “building a great testimony” it’s easy to stupidly think it’s all about you & God. But as the years go by, you start to see the long-lasting impacts of your foolishness.

So thankful for a God Who can somehow use all of this for His glory - a God Who forgives us AND walks with us through the lasting consequences of sin.

Michael Scaman 4 months ago

God has a purpose in saving people and that is to make Himself a stunning bride to show His glory to the nations with and to display it forever. Part of God’s grace is the change it brings about.

God loves you as you are but loves you too much to keep you as you are. If you ‘take the throne of your life’ the lion doesn’t go to a corner and just lick it;s paws until you get off. Deut 8:5 Pr 3:11,12 Rev 3:19

Hope Harris 4 months ago

Romans 1:17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith.”

Dikaiosune here refers to the divine action by which God puts a person right with Himself (in the act of justification which here equates with imputed righteousness).

On my own I can’t be righteous. I am thankful for Jesus death on the cross and the gift of salvation and repentance which declares me right before God.

Lindsey Driscoll 4 months ago

Katelaine way to pull out the questions of the text in your devo! Q3- As a follower of Christ since childhood, who struggled for a decade with addiction, the questions in the passage have come to mind a time or two. I can remember days caught up in addiction where I thought “I will still be forgiven even if I do this.” Was there grace yes, And yet, no life came from returning to sin. To the arguement from 3:7, our falsehood (sin) May enhance God’s truthfulness and so increase his Glory; but it will lead to our distruction and further separate us from truly experiencing the Glory of God.

Sue Bohlin 4 months ago

Thanks, Katelaine! I’m glad we’re hanging out in these verses that stress the contrast between God and us, as a means of greater glory for Him. It reminds me of how satisfying it is to hear a musical composition resolve dissonance by melting into harmony and unity. I wonder how much of the crazy-making difficulties and injustices that God allows, are allowed to set up a greater contrast between life in a fallen world and the perfection of heaven?

Hugh Stephenson 4 months ago

Hello Katelaine. Maybe a paraphrase? - “God does not over look because Jesus over took”

Confession: This crazy line of thought from this passage always has had at least some appeal to me on an intellectual level. The better sinner I am the more God’s glory is shown by His forgiveness.

It did not take long in re:gen and Prodigal for me to see what hanging out with intellectuals can do for you. In many ways, this was the core of my problem. I would over think the gospel message rather than just embracing it as truth. in recent years, I have heard many stories of people who had great biblical and theological knowledge but whose lives were a mess of their own making.

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