Hey all. I know this past week I’ve been slacking on daily posts – sorry! Thanksgiving weekend/week is a busy, busy time. My wife and I spent the day on Sunday collecting food for families in our church. Yesterday we delivered 10 meals! God is so good! My original goal was to help five families and I was challenged by our Children’s Pastor to shoot for 10… operation successful! Today is going to be another action packed day. My wife and I along with some of our Axis peeps are going to be getting together to deliver food to families around the city with Safe Neighborhoods, an organization dedicated to the community. I’ll be doing my best to stay on top of the blog and keeping everyone updated. I encourage you to share your testimony concerning how you were involved in your community for Thanksgiving… even if it was something you’ve done in years past. Let me remind you that you don’t have to register to leave a comment – just fill out the comment form below and let us know what you’ve been up to!
Man, I love Romans. Paul is so right on with His writings – imagine that, you’d think the Holy Spirit had something to do with it?
Chapter 3 deals with Grace and the Law. During this time in human history, people were still a bit confused concerning Jews and Gentile relationships with God. Up until this point, the Jews had exclusive access to Yahweh. Now that Christ had leveled the playing field so to speak, it was difficult for the Jews to understand that there was no advantage in being Jewish or Gentile. It wasn’t, and isn’t about our heritage, our race, our creed or nationality. Our salvation is solely by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
When you go through your day today – realize there is no difference between the scumbag you see ripping off the old lady (or any other heinous crime you might insert here) and yourself except the presence of the King of kings in your heart. We are filthy rags apart from the righteousness of Christ in us. Praise God for His glory and sovereignty!
1 What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? 2 Much in every way! First of all, the Jews have been entrusted with the very words of God.
3 What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? 4 Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written:
“So that you may be proved right when you speak
and prevail when you judge.”
5 But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.) 6 Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world? 7 Someone might argue, “If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?” 8 Why not say—as some slanderously claim that we say—“Let us do evil that good may result”? Their condemnation is just!
No One Is Righteous
9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”
13 “Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.”
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 and the way of peace they do not know.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 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.
Righteousness Through Faith
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. 28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. 31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.