Uphold the law that shows sin but Christ justifies (Romans 3:19-31)

The aim of this passage is to cause us to understand that the law points to our guilt before God and it is faith in Jesus Christ that can save us. We are to, however, uphold, the law.

The law does not justify, but rather show us to be sinful (Rom 3:19-21)

God’s word humbles us and shows us our inability to perfect ourselves. 

The law was to bring all arguments to an end and so God’s verdict concerning the whole world would be found to be just. This is because rather than justify us, the law demonstrates our sinful nature. The righteousness that God desires, even though it is confirmed by the law and prophets, is not based on the law.

John 5:39, 46 – You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me. . . . If you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me.

How is God’s word brought you to humilty and dependance on Christ?

Justification is through faith in Jesus Christ (Rom 3:22-28)

God gave humanity justification as a gift through the work of Jesus Christ.

The righteousness that God desires is through faith in Jesus Christ. There is no difference between those that have the law and those that don’t. All have a sinful nature and can not attain to the standards that God demands. So justification is given as a gift through the work of Jesus Christ. We can receive this justification, which God provided through the sacrifice of Christ, by faith. God, in this way, justified Himself because He restrained Himself and disregarded past sins and in turn so that He would be just in justifying anyone who had faith in Jesus Christ. We have no basis for boasting about our righteousness because we are justified by faith and not by our own effort or work.

Acts 13:39 – and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.

What comfort do receive from the knowledge that justification is a gift?

Even though the law can not justify, it to be upheld (Rom 3:29-31)

All the scriptures are still relevant and beneficial to us today.

God is the God of the Jews and the Gentiles and just because He will justify all through faith does not mean that we do away with the law. Rather, we are to accept and endorse it.

Matthew 5:17 – Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

How does this passage affect your Bible study?



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