What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written,Romans 3:3
“That you may be justified in your words,
and prevail when you are judged.”
It is what it is.
Have you ever heard someone use that phrase? Most of the time I hear “it is what it is” when someone feels they have no input into a decision or circumstance. In the third chapter of Romans, Paul is communicating that God’s faithfulness and righteousness is what it is.
Throughout his letter to the Romans, Paul asks rhetorical questions and then answers them with a “By no means!” “Certainly not” or “God forbid!”(in the King James version). His point is obvious as we begin here in the third chapter.
Consider those words we just read – “Does the unfaithfulness of the Jews nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means!” The point is that God is faithful and sovereign despite the failures of the Jewish people leading up to the first century and the same applies to our failures. Paul responds with the truth that every man is a liar, but God is true and faithful to his word.
It is what is is.
Some people question God’s authority to judge! If my unrighteous acts show just how righteousness God is, then isn’t God unrighteous to judge me? Again, Paul responds, “By no means!” God is righteous. There is no need for a dark side or sin in order to make God more righteous. His is righteous. I am not.
It is what it is.
As I read through this passage it seems to me that the people of Paul’s day were aware that God had established the standard of righteousness.
His use of the rhetorical question to answer the obvious; we are not measured on a sliding scale. We stand apart from his righteousness – alone and in desperate need of a Savior.