TEXT: Romans3(NKJV)

3:1. What advantage then has the Jew, or what [is] the profit of circumcision?

3:2. Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God.

3:3. For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect?

3:4. Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: "That You may be justified in Your words, And may overcome when You are judged."

3:5. But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? [Is] God unjust who inflicts wrath? (I speak as a man.)

3:6. Certainly not! For then how will God judge the world?

3:7. For if the truth of God has increased through my lie to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner?

3:8. And [why] not [say,] "Let us do evil that good may come"? -- as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just.

3:9. What then? Are we better [than they?] Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.

3:10. As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one;

3:11. There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.

3:12. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one."

3:13. "Their throat [is] an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit"; "The poison of asps [is] under their lips";

3:14. "Whose mouth [is] full of cursing and bitterness."

3:15. "Their feet [are] swift to shed blood;

3:16. Destruction and misery [are] in their ways;

3:17. And the way of peace they have not known."

3:18. "There is no fear of God before their eyes."

3:19. Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

3:20. Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.

3:21. But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,

3:22. even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;

3:23. for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

3:24. being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

3:25. whom God set forth [as] a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,

3:26. to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

3:27. Where [is] boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.

3:28. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.

3:29. Or [is He] the God of the Jews only? [Is He] not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also,

3:30. since [there is] one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.

3:31. Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

STUDY: Justification simply means to be made just, right or righteous which is not man’s natural state. All people in their natural state, are sinners. Their entire being is adversely affected by sin and inclines towards conforming to the world. Justification describes what happens when someone believes in Christ as his or her Saviour. God cancels the guilt and credits righteousness. The sinner is acquitted of all charges and provided with right status before God.

Justification is not by work of righteousness (self-righteousness), but by faith in Jesus Christ. It is utterly impossible for anybody to be justified by works or by obedience to the commandments. “Knowing that a man is not justified by works of law but by faith in Jesus Christ... for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified” (Col. 2:16). Three ways to get justified are: 1. By God’s grace (Titus 3:7), 2. By the blood of Jesus (Rom. 5:9), and 3. By faith (Rom. 3:28). The first and second ways come from God; the third is done by man. If we should begin from this moment to live in obedience to God’s law, we will still not be able to wipe away the sins of our past. Remember, “... by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”

PRAYER: Thank You Father God for forgiving my sins and cancelling my debt. Give me grace to live the rest of my life for You. Amen.

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