Book of Romans Part 4


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03.06.16

Hello and Welcome to Our Church Without Walls: I’m preaching this Sunday on THE BOOK OF ROMANS. Join with me now as I give you an exposition on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans

Today’s Text is Part 4: Chapter 3.

In chapter 2, we saw the depravity of man; the indictment on man’s sin from God. That man would try to plead “not guilty”, but will be “without excuse”. And even though they seek to justify their sin, or smooth it over with the claim of their morality being accepted by men, God's divine judgment is on the basis of His truth, which is the gospel of Jesus Christ (Romans 2:2-5).

Now, chapter three:

In the first 8 verses, there are several objections from the Jews that are offered. The first objection is that the Jews claim their righteousness because God gave them His word and not anyone else. In verse 2, we find the word "oracle". The word "oracle", according to James Strong, in its original Greek means "the Divine Expression", an utterance, something said. So if God said it, but the Jews do not adhere to it, or anyone else as far as that matter, does it nullify God's Word? Paul answers that in verse 4, "God forbid" (or certainly not). But the promises of God to the Jews will be fulfilled regardless of their belief. There is a future for Israel based upon Old Testament covenants and promises made to the nation (chapter 11). But, the unbelief of some will not make God untrue to His promises to the nation (verse 4). In other words, God will be true to His promises even though many will not believe. Let every man be a liar and God be true!

In verse 5, MacArthur notes that another objection is raised. They ask Paul, "But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unjust who inflicts wrath"? Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world? For in God’s time, He will rapture the church, and then He will judge the world. Verse 6 tells us that the world is unrighteous, too, and sin reveals God's love toward it. Such false reasoning would rule out God's righteous judgment toward Jew or Gentile, believer or non-believer.

Paul summarizes the universality of sin in verses 9-20. Verse 9 shows us that God's case is proved. Both Jew and Gentile are 'under sin'. Sin is demonstrated to be universal in verses 10-12; and total (verses 13 and 14). Verses 15-17 show that Jew and Gentile are guilty because of their actions and deeds, and their vision in verse 18. The final verdict is that all opposition is removed, no flesh is justified, and the whole world is found guilty before God (verses 19-20).

Now, justification involves the revelation of God's righteousness. Having conclusively proved the universal sinfulness of man and his need for righteousness (1:18-3:20), Paul develops the theme he introduced in chapter 1, verse 17. God has graciously provided a righteousness that comes from Him on the basis of faith alone (3:21-5:21). The righteousness which God's infinite holiness requires is apart from the law (verse 21). It is by grace (alone), yet is witnessed to by the law and the prophets (the Old Testament Scriptures). From Genesis to Malachi, the grace of Christ is prefigured by symbol, sacrifice, promise, and prophecy. This righteousness is not only apart from the Law of Moses; it is needed and made available to all (verse 22-23).

James McLemore, in his writing of The Apologetics Study Bible for Students, states, "Above all, in Romans, God is supreme in all matters of salvation, which serves His glory and the good of His people. He is both 'just, and the justifier' (3:26)". Justification involves the imputation of God's righteousness. Justification is God's act of declaring the sinner righteous, so that the divine righteousness is judicially reckoned to his account. This divine transaction is on the basis of grace, or the unmerited favor of God the Father revealed in Christ, which provides (verse 24) the blood; or the death of Christ, which procures it (verses 25 - 27); and faith (produced in man by the Spirit) which appropriates it (verse 28). This all-sufficient basis for the sinner being justified strips away all ground for human boasting (verses 26-27). Justification is a universal remedy for sin. By this means, God justifies all, both Jew and Gentile; believer and nonbeliever alike (verses 29 - 30); and justification honors the law (verse 31).

So from Scripture, you can see that no matter your background, where you have been, or what you have done, or gender, or nationality, God loves you. He not only loves you, but wants to be reconciled to you in a relationship with Him. This can be done by accepting the fact that you have sinned and are without excuse before God, and because of that, you are forever separated from Him. But, if you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is God’s Son who died on the cross for your sin, was buried, and then raised from the dead, you will be not only reconciled to God, but justified to Him as well (God's act of declaring you righteous).

For the Scriptures also tells us in Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Are you saved today? Are you saved from the sin that will separate you from God for eternity? Are you saved today from being cast into the eternal lake of fire? Quit trying to justify your way to heaven, and accept God’s gift of grace. Turn to Jesus Christ, repent from your sin, and be saved. Live forgiven, and forevermore in the righteousness and justification that only Jesus can give.

I’m Dr. Robby sharing His Word, His Work, His Way