Saturday, 18 September 2010

Romans 3

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.

The law makes us conscious of sin but it does not make us righteous only Christ can do that.

Susan said...

v.1 What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision?

Paul is not afraid to confront the Jews over their deception regarding their position with God in these first 8 verses.

Susan said...

v.27 Where, then, is boasting?

No room for pride.

Susan said...

v.24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus

Let the wonder of this sink into your heart.

(From Constable's Commentary)"Do not confuse justification and sanctification. Sanctification is the process whereby God makes the believer more and more like Christ. Sanctification may change from day to day. Justification never changes. When the sinner trusts Christ, God declares him righteous, and that declaration will never be repealed. God looks on us and deals with us as though we had never sinned at all!"

Justification is a declaration of righteousness, we stand in Christ's righteousness.

Susan said...

v.25 He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished

The blood of animals only covered sins temporarily. It wasn't until Christ's death that sins were fully dealt with.

Susan said...

v.20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

Paul's conclusion no one, not even the Jews, are made right with God through the observance of the law. The law’s purpose is to make us conscious of sin and actually points out people's inability to gain heaven by their own merits.

(From Constable's Commentary) "Since man is a sinner with no help in himself and none in the law, what is left to him but to look to the mercy of God?...In a court of justice it is only after every defence has failed and the law itself has been shown to be broken, it is only at this point that the appeal is made to the judge for his clemency. The epistle has brought us to such a point."

Susan said...

From the Message:
v.27-28 What we’ve learned is this: God does not respond to what we do; we respond to what God does. We’ve finally figured it out. Our lives get in step with God and all others by letting him set the pace, not by proudly or anxiously trying to run the parade.

I love the way the Message puts this. We respond to what God does.