Romans 3:1-20 – July 15, 2007

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FAITH ALONE MAKES HERITAGE VALUABLE (verses 1-8) and ALL STAND CONDEMNED BEFORE GOD (verses 9-20)

Each study will have an error in one of the questions. It is our duty as believers to test everything that we read or hear with the Bible. So this will be a mini exercise in testing what is being said in class.

Q1) According to verse 1, why do the Jews have and advantage over the Gentiles or do they?

Discussion)    Actually it is according to verses 1 and 2.  The Jews had the oracles of God committed to them.  We dove into the question of what are the oracles of God?  The oracles of God contain all of the patriarchs (Moses, Abraham, Isaac, etc.), all of the law, all of the judges, all of the prophets, and all of the kings who followed God with their whole heart.  Each one of these people or items in the case of laws) show a tiny characteristic of the wonder, awe, mercy, grandeur, and the love that God has for all of us. 

Q2) What is Paul saying in verses 3 and 4?

Discussion)    He is saying in these verses that it does not matter one humans whether we believe God or not.  God’s faithfulness to us is not dependent upon our belief on Him or in Him.  Just like gravity.  We may not like it, but we can see that it is always there.  At times we might not be faithful to God, but that does not undercut or restrict His faithfulness to us.

Q3) Paul is telling the reader in verses 5-8 about judgment, condemnation and asking whether God is unrighteous because He will have vengeance on sin. These questions are being asked out of the carnal mind. Is it fair that God will judge every person ever born? Why?

Discussion)    Yes it is very fair.  God is God and we are not.  We have a perverted sense of fairness and justice compared to the fairness and justice that permeates from God.  God gives every person ever born a chance to follow Him.  God looks at the heart unlike what man looks at.

Q4) Verses 9-11 state that the Jews are under sin, only in certain situations. Why?

Clues)    This is the trick question.

Discussion)    All of human kind are under sin.  Each and every one of us.

Q5) Read Psalms 36:1 then read Romans 3:18. Verse 18 states the ROOT reason why people live as described in verses 13-18. What is the ROOT reason?

Discussion)    We need to backup and look at verses 10-17 first.  These are pretty intense verses and they are all quoted from Psalms (except for verse 17, which is quoted from Isaiah 59:7,8).  We talked about verse 18 and then went back to verses 10-17.  The ROOT in verse 18 then in Psalms 36:1 is that people have no fear of God in them.  We asked what does the term fear of God mean?  The term fear does not mean that you are frightened by God and you are waiting for Him to hurt you if you make a wrong mistake.  Instead, fear means, awe, reverence, respect, treat with highest honor, give worship and praise to.  God is to take the highest honor in our lives, above our family, ourselves, our jobs, preachers, speakers, sports teams, anything and everything.  Fearing God is paying Him homage and putting Him first in our lives.  Yes it is true that we are considered the friends of God but it is very disrespectful towards God to consider Him your pal or homey.  That is not fear but familiarity.  When someone is not fearful of God then what is being quoted in verses 10-17 are the natural progressions that a person can walk down which is scary and dreadful as a Christian. 

Q6) Read I Timothy 1:8-10 then read Romans 3:19-20. What is the use of the law according to verses 19 and 20?

Discussion)    The use of the law is for both the saved and the unsaved.  We got more into this question in the life application for the Christian.  For the non-Christian the law points us to the fact that we are in need of a Savior.  That we cannot uphold on our own what is right and good.  We will fall and fail but there is One, in Jesus Christ, that we can go to when we do fail and He will forgive us due to the fact that He died for us.

LIFE APPLICATION: Today we are not under the law but live under grace. Jesus came to fulfill the law. So why should we still obey God’s laws or commandments?

Discussion)  No we are not under the law today but if you truly want to know the heart of God, He shows what His heart is in the law of the Old Testament.  Yes we may have encounters with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, which is wonderful and something to praise God for, but we need to be deeply rooted in His Word.  We need to realize what the heart of God is in His Word and then when something new comes to us, we can discern what it is and if it is of God or not.

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Entry filed under: Time in the Word.

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