(Romans 3:1-2) The fact that Paul says "first" leads us to look for what is also second and third. We are living in a day when what men say is really considered the final word. 3:9-20 Look in the Mirror 3:21-31 God of Grace and God of Glory. That is what he is sharing with us now. Jesus said that all the Law is summed up in one word: Love. b 3 What then? If that were so, how could God judge the world? If everybody fails to believe, how can he keep his word? Written somewhere between A.D. 55 and A.D. 57, Paul wrote this letter or epistle which today we call the Book of Romans, while he was in Corinth and possibly staying with Phoebe (16:1-2). 10As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one; 11there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. 1. Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? all my arguments faded. The fact is, sin never glorifies God. There is only one way to escape the island, a narrow bridge over a deep chasm, but the darkness is so great that only a few find their way over that bridge. (M) Their condemnation is just! Paul answers that question in Chapter 2. But in Romans 3:2, Paul only lists one great advantage of being a Jew: “They were entrusted with the oracles of God.” This refers to the Old Testament as a whole, with special reference to God’s promises of salvation (Douglas Moo, The Epistle to the Romans [Eerdmans], p. 182; Thomas Schreiner, Romans … Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness." This covers the whole realm of the speech. Read the Scripture: Romans 3:1-20 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. The first contains a brief statement and refutation of the jewish objections to the apostle's reasoning Romans 3:1-8. Much every way; chiefly, because--rather, "first, that." The Scriptures he uses divide into three very clear groups. Those little white lies, the way we erect facades, the way we claim to feel one way when we actually feel another; we think all this deceit is harmless and unnoticed. All over the world, in temples, schools, universities, in the jungles, before idols, people are searching to find the answer to the mystery of man: Why are we like we are? Let God be true, and every man a liar. They argued over how many steps constituted a violation of the Sabbath and whether spitting on a rock is permissible on the Sabbath, or whether spitting on mud is a violation. R Ruin (Romans 1:17 – 3:20) – The utter sinfulness of humanity O Offer (Romans 3:21-31) – God’s offer of justification by grace M Model (Romans 4:1-25) – Abraham as a model for saving faith A Access (Romans 5:1-11) – The benefits of justification N New Adam (Romans … So, keep these verses from chapter 3 in mind. That makes us realize there is no easy way, no way by which death suddenly is going to dissolve all things into everlasting darkness, forever forgotten. Plug in, Turn on and Be En light ened! Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. Or what is the value of circumcision? We have billions of people who have been raised in Sunday school and church, who know the Scripture, and have even read the Bible from cover to cover. Answer: Romans 3:1,2 The Jew’s prerogative, Romans 3:3,4 which is not vacated by the unbelief of some, Romans 3:5-8 nor is God’ s justice impeached in punishing their sinfulness. When certain of the Pharisees boasted to Jesus that they were "children of Abraham," Jesus said, "Don't you understand that God can raise up from these stones children unto Abraham?" The Jew asks, But if our unrighteousness brings out God's righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? 2Much in every way! If that were so, how could God judge the world? Are you saying that just because some of us didn't measure up to what God required in the Law, everyone in Israel has lost the promise that God gave them? David's sins were exposed; he admitted them and confessed to God. When we take that one way, we find we have learned to love -- not by the Law, but by the provision of the Son of God. Nobody is without a moral standard. It would suggest that God gave a promise and then did not keep his words, just because a few people failed to measure up. Wherever man goes, ruin follows. Or, as it is translated in some versions, "God forbid!") The imaginary rabbi comes back with a second objection and Paul responds in Verses 3-4: What if some did not have faith? (I am using a human argument.) Objections answered. This would produce moral anarchy. (D) 4 Not at all! This is a picture of the tongue used to slander, to plant poison in another person's heart -- the put-down, the sharp, caustic words, the sarcasm that cuts someone off and depersonalizes another being. There is no one who does good, not even one. If all he sees is wretchedness, misery, evil, deceit, hypocrisy, vulgarity, profanity, slander, and all these evil things that are in every heart -- every one without exception -- our natural instinct is to say, "Then God doesn't want us." That is what Paul wants us to hear. Why not say -- as we are being slanderously reported and as some claim that we say -- "Let us do evil that good may result"? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? (Matthew 3:9, Luke 3:8). Romans 3:22-31 Ojibway translation Voices United , 1996; St. 5, A Collection of Sacred Ballads , Richmond, 1790 Evangelism; Lent (season); Praise of God; Salvation/Redemption The logical conclusion to that thinking is moral chaos and anarchy. Not at all! Romans 3, Joseph Beet's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary was written by Joseph Beet, a member of the faculty of theology in the University of London. )(I) 6 Certainly not! (N) Not at all! God did not send the Law to destroy us (and this is very important); he sent the Law to keep us from false hope. Are we any better? "The way of peace they do not know." Though the Jews had a tremendous advantage in having the Law, Paul says, they failed to use it properly. I. The revelation of righteousness. Every preacher ought to close his message by saying, in effect, what Walter Cronkite says at the end of every broadcast: "That's the way it is, this Sunday, January 18, 1976.". So, Paul says, the condemnation of this kind of reasoning is well-deserved. People say, "If what we're doing makes God look good because it gives him a chance to show his love and forgiveness, how can he condemn us? Those who depended on their own efforts and ceremonial rites to gain favor with God certainly would not have appreciated Paul’s dismantling of their system of self-righteousness. If everyone lived on that basis, then nobody could be judged and God would be removed as judge of all the world." Then what advantage has the Jew? First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God. Her mouth was stopped. His purpose in this section is to make it unquestionably clear why the Gospel is as he described it in 1:16,17. 2 Much in every way! "But," she said, "when I came into that court and stood up there all alone, and the judge was there on the bench, dressed in his robe, and he looked over his glasses at me and said, 'Guilty or not guilty?' 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. (21-31) Commentary on Romans 3:1-8 (Read Romans 3:1-8) If God cannot judge, he is demeaned; if he does not judge, the entire world is locked into perpetual evil. Would their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness? God, looking at them, says, "There's not one among them that is righteous, not even one." That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? Romans 3 Bible / Bible ... Paul Answers an Objection. Her argument was ready. Paul strengthens this argument with a personal illustration in Verses 7-8: Someone might argue, "If my falsehood enhances God's truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?" NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Acts, Comfort Print. (1) The Grand Excuses (Romans 3:1-8) 1. Romans 1 1:1 The Résumé of a Real Christian ... Romans 3 3:1-8 Objection Overruled! That is the first thing the Law does: it shuts you up, and you do not argue Second, Paul says, "The whole world is held accountable to God." Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law [That was a fantastic statement to make]; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. We've given him a chance to reveal himself, and that's what he wants. Chapter three begins with what almost seems like a detour in Paul’s argument, but perhaps it should be seen as a pause to answer questions or objections to his teaching. The conscience lays hold of that law written in the heart to tell people whether they are doing right or wrong. We hear complaints about your circumstances, where God has placed you, and what he is doing with your life -- cursing and bitterness. If that were so, how could God judge the world? But even though everyone has that light, the Jews had an additional degree of light. Do you ever wonder why children love toilet talk? Paul anticipates and answers questions or objections which his Jewish opponents might raise in opposition to his teaching (Romans 3:1-8). or what profit [is there] of circumcision? Paul says the Law does three things to us: First, it stops our mouth: We have nothing to say. If some were unfaithful, will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? Romans 1-8 Notes.doc p. 83 2-Aug-15 VI. There is no one who does good, not even one. StudyLıght.org. The first contains a brief statement and refutation of the jewish objections to the apostle's reasoning Romans 3:1-8. NIV, Storyline Bible, Comfort Print: Each Story Plays a Part. 3 What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? Think of all the people today who are searching to understand the mystery of life. As we look at Romans 3:1-8, this is the final passage before Paul wraps up the first major section on God’s condemnation of the entire human race in its sin. Paul does not hold himself up as better than anyone else. Not at all!" (1) The Grand Excuses (Romans 3:1-8) 1. We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. Let God be true,(E) and every human being a liar. (21-31) Commentary on Romans 3:1-8 (Read Romans 3:1-8) It has been interesting to note, as we have gone through this letter to the Romans, how logically and powerfully the Apostle Paul develops his subject. b. 13"Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit." It is not the knowledge or possession of the Law that makes a man a Jew; it is not the rite of circumcision; it is not the claim to a special relationship with God. Romans 3:1-8 - Outline and Summary . So God, in his loving kindness, has given us the Law to keep us from taking a false path. (1-8) All mankind are sinners. Answer: 2. Right? Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. (Romans 3:12 NIV), That could hardly be made any clearer. When you read this terrible description of the human race as God sees it, it is almost impossible for us to believe that God is not going to say, "Enough! 2 Much in every way! Much every way - Or, in every respect. What a ridiculous argument, he concludes. 3 What if some were unfaithful? 9:30am, 18 February 2018. (Romans 3:1-2) At the end of Chapter 2 Paul had shown that true “Jewishness” is not an external matter but a matter of the heart. ", We need to return to that in our preaching. Is a Jew someone who believes the Torah, the Law, and the Prophets? We do not love. That, in essence, was what the Jews were doing. In Romans 3:1-2, Paul states that there are advantages in being an ethnic Israelite, and he gives an example of one such advantage. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. She was guilty of doing what she was charged with, but she felt there was some justification for it, so she thought she would go to court and argue it before the judge. This is the answer of the apostle to the objection in Romans 3:1. Paul imagines a Jew standing up at this point and saying, "Now, hold it! God is not faithful to His promises. 4 Not at all! None Is Righteous November 10/11/12, 2015 Romans 3:1-20 Aim: To affirm that no one is righteous in the eyes of a faithful and righteous God; as a result, we all stand condemned in our own works before our just judge. (A) First of all, the Jews have been entrusted with the very words of God.(B). Romans 3:20, ESV: "For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin." (Romans 3:16b-17 NIV). Why, that removes all differences between good and evil. Will their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness? that God could forget his promises to all the Jews? Jewish unbelief does not make God wrong 3. NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. StudyLıght.org. 2 Considerable in every way. "Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness." That brings us right back to Chapter 1, Verse 18 of Romans. What if some were unfaithful? He said, "It isn't you who are to blame, God; I did it." (Romans 3:18 NIV). Adult SS Elective: Romans 1:18-3:20 March 12, 2017 . ver 19, 23; 1Ki 8:46; 2Ch 6:36; Ps 106:6; Ro 5:12; 11:32; Gal 3:22, NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Red Letter Edition: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture, NIV, Quest Study Bible, Comfort Print: The Only Q and A Study Bible, NIV, Biblical Theology Study Bible, Comfort Print: Follow God’s Redemptive Plan as It Unfolds throughout Scripture. d Let God be true, even though everyone is a liar, e as it is written: Implied in this is the fact that, though the Jew had this tremendous advantage, he failed to make use of it, and therefore it did him no good at all. All ungodliness and all unrighteousness may expect a visitation of wrath. 2. Background Notes. This is what is inside, and this is what God sees with the realism of his eye. 3:9-20 Look in the Mirror 3:21-31 God of Grace and God of Glory. : let 's carry that out to its logical conclusion mouth: we have already made charge... 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