But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God what shall we say Is God unjust who inflicts wrath I speak as a man 6 Certainly not For then how will God judge the world 7 For if the truth of God has increased through my

lie to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? 8 And why not say, "Let us do evil that good may come"?--as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just.

This is an important scripture to help us understand how and why the existence of evil serves God's holy purpose. There are three important points covered in this scripture.

The first point is that it is only through our unrighteousness that God can demonstrate His own Righteousness. This is simple logic. Light needs darkness in order to shine. Without sin, there is no forgiveness of sin, and there can be no Saviour. God's mercy, His grace, His kindness and His love are all demonstrated because of our unrighteousness. God has defined what is good and what is evil, and He has the knowledge of both good and evil. In His wisdom, God has ruled that all those who are in Adam (Adam and Eve and all of their descendants) will experience evil and suffering before they can all embrace God's goodness through Jesus Christ.

The second point is that God is a Judge and He judges the world. Our unrighteousness unleashes the wrath of God. God is not soft on sin, and He does not condone sin. There is no contradiction that God Himself is responsible for the existence of sin yet He judges sinful acts. Everyone must give account and answer for his sin.

The third point is that man does not have any excuse or permission to sin more because God's Righteousness comes into greater focus because of man's unrighteousness. Some accused Apostle Paul that he was preaching 'Let us do evil that good may come'. Apostle Paul warns that this is faulty reasoning and it will result in greater judgement and condemnation from God. God requires that we hate sin, and do everything to avoid it.

The grace of God through the power of the cross is such that there is no sin, no matter how great or how vast, which can suffocate or defeat the grace of God. As the Bible says, where sin abounds, grace abounds much more.

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