These 10 verses in Romans 3 are so rich for our Christian faith concerning the law, sin and justification in Christ. Let’s do Jumpstart a bit different and briefly explain each verse below:
The righteousness of God, which is determined by the law, is now being displayed outside of the law. (v. 21) In fact, the Law & Prophets bear witness to where that true righteousness comes from: Faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe not in obedience to the law. (v. 21-22) The law does this by showing that we are all sinners by not being able to keep the law. Sin means “missing the mark” and we are way off that mark according to God’s standards. (v. 23)
Instead we are justified by the redemption of Jesus, by His grace through His blood. (v. 24-25) And in God’s sovereignty He had meant for the law to do this and through the temporary systems and obedience to point to the true justifier of that righteousness to be Jesus. (v. 25-26) Since salvation and justification is through Christ alone by grace, we have no room to boast. It’s not by our obedience to the law or our works. (v. 27-28)
For the law was given by God to the Jews but God is a God of Jews and Gentiles. (v. 29-20) And there is still a purpose for the law. We don’t throw it out completely (like many want to do today). In fact we are to continue to do our best to obey the relevant parts of the law that Jesus did not abolish (as He mentioned in Matt. 5:17-20) for it is God’s standard of holiness, what we are pursuing to become. The difference is that we have the love and pursuit of Christ before it and that overflows to that type of obedience. (v. 31)
• What stood out to you concerning the law, sin and the fulfillment of these things through the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
• Why is the doctrine of justification not only important but so beautiful when reading today’s Scripture?
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor