Reading Romans 3
Reading Romans 3
The advantage of the Jews 1-8
God revealed in the law of Moses a systematic teaching concerning right and wrong. Whereas the gentile world ‘worked it out on their own and failed’, the Jew had a specific revelation on how to live before God. Having the law is an advantage, but it only avails to those who DO IT. It is not the hearing of the law that justifies, but the doing. So how did they do with this knowledge? We continue with verse 9…
The SIN of the Jews 9-20
Here we have a bunch of quotes from the Jews book of history (the Old Testament). The point is that it spells out the sin and rebellion of the Jewish people. Thus Paul concludes that “...we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God” (3:19).
The Solution - How to be Righteous - 21-31
The PROBLEM is restated: all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. This is a synopsis of what Paul has covered so far.
Yet, God has provided a way for man who has sinned to be declared right - through the provision that the gospel reveals.
- Justified -
- Redeemed -
- Propitiation -
- blood (death) of Jesus -
Through our trust in Jesus as the sacrifice for our sins, we are buried in baptism and God forgives our sins and makes us, who were dead IN sin, alive unto Him. Being forgiven God declares us to be right / just even though we had sinned. Thus, we are redeemed from the penalty of sin and the wrath of God is turned away (propitiated). The gospel is God’s power to save all who so trust in Jesus (Romans 1:16).