Romans 3:21-31 – July 22, 2007

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THE WAY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – BY FAITH (verses 21-31)

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) Read Romans 3:22 and Romans 9:30. How do believers come to have justification or righteousness before a holy God apart from keeping the law?

Discussion)    It is through faith in Jesus Christ.  It has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with us and our works or our ability to keep the law of God.  It is completely about faith in the atoning blood of Jesus Christ.

Verse 23)    This is a very common verse that many Christians know about.  Here Paul is reiterating what he said previously in chapter 2 that all have sinned and therefore all fall short of the glory of God.

Q2) What does “redemption” mean in verse 24?

Discussion)    Redemption means to redeem.  Think about when you take a coupon to a grocery store.  The coupon itself has no value, but when you redeem it you either get money off of an item or the item is completely paid for.  Now if you apply that to our lives, we have nothing of real value that God could want from us, but by what Jesus did for us on the cross, He redeemed us so that we can get to know God in a more intimate matter.  The redemption is completely on the part of Jesus and we have no part of it.

Verse 25)    God saw the blood of Jesus as an appeasement (propitiation) for the sins that were committed by man.  Jesus died by faith to demonstrate the righteousness of God.

Verse 26)    By having faith in Jesus and what He did for each of us on the cross, we show the world a demonstration of the righteousness of God.

Q3) In verse 27 why is there no room for boasting when it has to do with justification?

Discussion)    There is no room for boasting because we had nothing to do with our justification.  It is a complete and free gift from God.

Q4) What does Paul conclude in verse 28?

Discussion)    Paul concludes that man is justifies by faith apart from the deeds of the law.  Justification comes through faith and faith comes from God.  We cannot drum up faith on our own, it only comes from Him.

Q5) According to verses 22 and 29 who is exempt from being justified through a belief and faith in the Lord Jesus? (There are two ways to answer this question).

Discussion)    No one is exempt by faith.  This is a tricky question since there is a mode of thinking going around that the non-believer is exempt, but we are told no one is exempt even though they may not believe.

Q6) Read Matthew 5:17. Verse 31 says since we are justified the law is void. Why?

Clues)    This is the trick question.

Discussion)    Jesus did not come to do away with the law but to fulfill it.  We establish the law through faith.  We need to realize that a current going through present-day Christianity is that we no longer need the law.  That is wrong and unscriptural.  We need the law, since it is a clue for us to realize what God considers sin and what God considers good.  We establish the law through the faith we have in Jesus and what He did on the cross for us and what His atoning blood did on our behalf.

LIFE APPLICATION: JUSTIFICATION: Read Romans 6:11 and II Corinthians 3:6. God gives us the gift of righteousness/justification through Jesus Christ – His bleed shed for our sins. So if we are alive in Christ and dead to sin, how are we able to live holy lives before a holy God apart from doing or keeping the law?

Discussion)    We are to live by faith in God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.  We are not to live under the law and have it as our taskmaster.  The law is there to remind us we are sinners and to show us what is sin.  Faith is what we need to have in Jesus and what He did to sanctify and justify us through His death.  Under the law we become burdened down with performance based relationship whereas Jesus said for us to go to Him for His burden is easy and way is light.  This is where faith comes in.

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Entry filed under: Time in the Word.

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