Monday, December 28, 2009

Romans 3: Christ Is God's Righteousness

Text: Romans 3

Theme: The gospel reveals the righteousness of God:

1. In Condemnation (1:18-3:20)
   C) Of Jews (2:17 - 3:8)
   D) Of all men (3:9-20)

2. In Justification (3:21-5:21)
   A) Through faith in Christ (3:21-26)

Chapter three shows God is right to condemn "all men" (1-20), and justify those who trust Christ (21-31).  How can a just God condemn men? Since the pagan sins against the knowledge of God in creation (1:18-32), the moral man against the knowledge in his conscience (2:1-3; 14-16), and the Jew against the knowledge in the OT (2:17 - 3:8), "all men" are "under sin" (9). This is evident in their ungodly deeds (10-18), means they deserve God's wrath (5, 8) and that they are without ability to merit God's righteousness (19-20; 23).

How can a righteous God justify sinners? Public crucifixion of Christ showed God's righteousness by exacting the bloody death penalty for all sins previously "passed over" (25), and by giving God a righteous grounds to justify the one who relies on Jesus as Savior (26). To exclude boasting (27) God justifies sinners by grace, through faith in Christ's atonement (24), apart from the law, or any other merit system (21; 27-31).

Chapter three shows God is right to condemn "all men" (1-20), and justify those who trust Christ (21-31).


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