Rom 3:5–8

3:5–8 Two related questions are presented here. The first is that if people’s unrighteousness is an occasion for the righteousness of God to act, is it not unfair for God to execute His wrath upon unrighteousness? Paul’s answer is brief. It is a “given” that God is going to judge the world and that His judgment will be fair. In the second step Paul reduces the objection to an absurd conclusion. If God somehow accepts the unrighteousness that is an occasion for His mercy, should He not welcome even more acts of unrighteousness from us? This conclusion is foolish (6:1, 2, 15). The ends do not justify the means.