Condemnation (Romans 1:18-3:20), continued:
- Romans 3:1-2 – Being a Jew was not worthless, but it never meant automatic salvation and should not have been a reason for self-righteousness.
- Romans 3:3-6 – Paul defends the justice of God. God is not wrong for condemning anyone, including the Jews.
- Romans 3:7-8 – It is pure rationalization to say you are sinning so that grace may abound. See Romans 6:1-4.
- Romans 3:9-18 – All, both Jews and Gentiles, have sinned.
- Romans 3:19-20 – No one can be justified by works of the law.
Christ (Romans 3:21-5:21)
- What’s the remedy for sin? Faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:21-31)!
- Nobody perfectly keeps the law (Romans 3:19-20), therefore, God provides a remedy separate from a law system: faith in Christ Jesus (Romans 3:21-26).
- Romans 3:21 – Salvation through Christ was not a change in God’s plan. This was God’s plan from the beginning. Acts 3:22-26; II Timothy 1:9-10; 3:15.
- Romans 3:22-26 – All have sinned and need God’s grace. God put forward Jesus as a propitiation for our sins. God “passed over” sins under the Old Covenant until Jesus came to be the sacrifice for those sins. God is both just and the justifier.
- Romans 3:27-31- No one can boast in salvation through their own hand.