He then adds, “and the uncircumcised through faith” (verse 30). But God's promises are made only to believers; therefore the unbelief of some, or of many professors, cannot make this faithfulness of no effect. For the first time (apart from 1:17) we receive hope for daylight, and not just a glimmer of the sun and the enjoyment of its heat, but the expectation of a bright, … In his other letters, Paul is correcting something that is wrong in a local church. So how could we ever have any pride in ourselves? And it would not agree with his justice to demand the debt, when the Surety has paid it, and he has accepted that payment in full satisfaction. Paul gives three implications drawn from the doctrine of justification by faith alone. We learned that justification is (1) apart from the Law, (2) witnessed by the Old Testament, (3) provided by God, (4) received by faith, (5) needed by all, (6) declared by God, (7) given as a gift, (8) purchased by Jesus, and (9) designed by God. Two, in verse 21, the law refers to the first five books of the Old Testament, because it is distinguished from the prophets. There should be no boasting, no self-elevation, or no self-exaltation. 2. “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). The corruption in our nature, will for ever stop any justification by our own works. If any speak and act thus, their condemnation is just. With that bold declaration, the death sentence was issued on Luther’s head. The believer knows that duty belongs to him, and events to God; and that he must not commit any sin, or speak one falsehood, upon the hope, or even assurance, that God may thereby glorify himself. Then justification from 3:21 to the end of chapter 5. Equipping and energizing a new generation of Bible expositors. The ceremonial law was fulfilled at the cross. Even the ministry we have is a gift from God. Yet believers are not left to be lawless; faith is a law, it is a working grace, wherever it is in truth. Not of Works but of Faith. I consider myself to be a slave of *Christ Jesus. Here I stand, God help me.”. There is not a Jewish body of Christ and a Gentile body of Christ. We are still to honor our father and our mother. In Romans 7:12, Paul says, “the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.” In verse 14, he says, “For we know that the Law is spiritual.”. International Bible Lesson Commentary Romans 3:21-31 (Romans 3:21) But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. God operates in salvation not by a works basis, but exclusively by His grace. Sometimes God uses trials to bring about our most productive work. Yes, of Gentiles also, since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. He said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven” (John 3:27). We are still to have no other gods before us. In this lesson, we will look at the implications of justification as found in Romans 3:27-31. Jonah sat under a tree and sulked and pouted, because the Ninevites repented and were converted. It is plain that he hates sin, when nothing less than the blood of Christ would satisfy for it. He wanted to keep salvation within the Jews. God's judging the world, should for ever silence all doubtings and reflections upon his justice. Justification by faith is not a free pass so that you can live however you want. It is Paul’s magnum opus. Now, if we … Is God saving only the Jews? He pouted about it because he did not want Israel’s enemies to be in the kingdom of God. And faith has special regard to the blood of Christ, as that which made the atonement. The Jews were to be the great evangelists to the world and to carry the gospel to the corners of the earth to bring the Gentiles to faith in God through Jesus Christ. These are the three implications that Paul establishes to follow his teaching on justification by faith. In other words, if A is true, then B, C, and D must be true. In fact, the reason why God saved Jews was for them to go to the Gentiles with the same gospel message with which they were made right with Him. No, but by the law of faith. All must plead guilty. Jackson, Wayne (2005, 2nd ed. Because of what law? The first implication is in verses 27-28, the second in verses 29-30, and the third in verse 31. John the Baptist gave the right answer. Justification does not nullify the proper use of the moral Law. (Romans 3:27-31 NIV) Let us be reminded that “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5). (1-8) All mankind are sinners. When Paul asks the question, “where then is boasting?,” it is in relationship to the free grace of God in justification by faith alone. The Apostle points out two inferences which can be drawn from it, and which go to commend it to religious minds. The law that requires works? [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Paul has shown that there is a way to be made righteous before God. We are still under the moral imperatives of the Ten Commandments. He states, “On the contrary, we establish the Law” (verse 31). We are not antinomians, meaning against the law. Paul makes it clear that he is justified by faith alone in Christ alone. (Romans 3: Commentary) Kent Hughes writes that in this verse Paul presents "a call for humility, and humility paves the way for the exhilarating, infinite grace of God to deluge our bankrupt human hearts and bring us life. Is he not the God of Gentiles also? of works? God has been faithful to the covenant with Abraham through the one faithful Israelite--Jesus! L et’s take a close look at Romans chapter 3 and study it together and add some personal commentary to it. On the other hand, God is opposed to the proud and resists him. This means it is the total opposite of thinking that justification nullifies the Law. 29 Or is God the … Next, Paul gives the emphatic answer. This is stated in two words in the Greek, me gnoito, which is the strongest, most emphatic negative that can be conveyed in the original language. What does ‘propitiation’ mean? In verse 28 Paul will continue the explanation by saying, “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith” (verse 28). I can do no other. He added the word “alone” – “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith alone.” “Alone” is not in the original text, but the truth of it is obviously clear. It is by the works of Another, namely those of Jesus Christ. The fact that we are justified by faith alone should produce humility within us. Saving Faith Excludes Boasting Romans 3:27-31 Truth Taught- Boasting is excluded when we realize that salvation is entirely by God’s grace and never a result of human works. He wanted the holy huddle to remain the holy huddle. It excludes boasting, Romans 3:27. The book of Romans is the fifth epistle that Paul wrote, but it is placed first among the epistles because it is of first importance. The people of God are like 20,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean that are disconnected. We are still not to take God’s name in vain. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. When did Jesus become a propitiation? Dr. Lawson is also Professor in Residence for Truth Remains, a work designed to promote and proclaim God’s written Word. Therefore, we ought to be the lowly of mind, the humble of heart, and the self-denying. The problem was, the people did not know Latin, so they went to a church service that might as well as have been in Swahili, as they do not even know what was being said. This is the solidarity and unity of God. The verb katargeō is also used in Romans 4:14 of the promise to Abraham—the Abrahamic covenant—as being void if that promise/covenant is based on … For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. Therefore, all distinctions are removed. Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Where is boasting then? This doctrine of justification by faith should not puff us up, but bring us low in our walk with God. Paul begins this section by asking a question, “Where then is boasting?” (verse 27). Paul is methodical as he makes his airtight case for the gospel. But the moral law of God is still in effect. There are three implications, and each implication is framed with a question, answer, and explanation. Hodge, Charles (1836), A Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans (Philadelphia: James S. Claxton). It is Paul’s magnum opus. “Nullify” (katargeo) means ‘to make of no effect’ or ‘to cause to cease.’ Have we made the moral Law to be cancelled and irrelevant if we are justified apart from the Law? At the end of Paul’s first missionary journey, he wrote one letter - Galatians. Romans 3:27-31. Paul answered the question with a second question, “Is He not the God of Gentiles also?” That is a rhetorical question, the answer of which is “Yes, indeed, God is the God of the Gentiles also.” For Him to be the God of the Gentiles means that He is also dealing with Gentiles in the same way in justification. There is not one way for a Jew to be saved and a different way for a Gentile to be justified. There is nothing good in their lives except what God has supplied, and that began with the gift of saving faith. (21-31). 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