Scripture: Romans 3

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God’s Faithfulness

Romans 3:1-20 (WEB) Then what advantage does the Jew have? Or what is the profit of circumcision? Much in every way! Because first of all, they were entrusted with the revelations of God. For what if some were without faith? Will their lack of faith nullify the faithfulness of God? May it never be! Yes, let God be found true, but every man a liar. As it is written, “that You might be justified in Your words, and might prevail when You come into judgment.” But if our unrighteousness commends the righteousness of God, what will we say? Is God unrighteous who inflicts wrath? I speak like men do. May it never be! For then how will God judge the world? For if the truth of God through my lie abounded to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? Why not (as we are slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say), “Let’s do evil, that good may come?” Those who say so are justly condemned. What then? Are we better than they? No, in no way. For we previously warned both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. 10 As it is written, “There is no one righteous; no, not one. 11 There is no one who understands. There is no one who seeks after God. 12 They have all turned away. They have together become unprofitable. There is no one who does good, no, not so much as one.” 13 “Their throat is an open tomb. With their tongues they have used deceit.” “The poison of vipers is under their lips.” 14   “Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood. 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways. 17   The way of peace, they haven’t known.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” 19 Now we know that whatever things the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be closed, and all the world may be brought under the judgment of God. 20 Because by the works of the law, no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.

Questions and Answers:

1. What was committed to the Jews (Romans 3:2)?  The oracles (words) of God were committed (entrusted) to the Jews.

2. What will not nullify God’s faithfulness (Romans 3:3)? Unbelief cannot nullify (do away with) God’s faithfulness. 

3. Who is under sin (Romans 3:9)?  Both Jews and Gentiles are under sin.

4. Who is righteous (Romans 3:10)? There are none righteous, not one.

5. Who is guilty before God (Romans 3:19)? All the world is guilty before God.

Forgiveness Of Sin Through Christ

Romans 3:21-31 (WEB) 21 But now apart from the law, a righteousness of God has been revealed, being testified by the law and the prophets; 22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all those who believe. For there is no distinction, 23 for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God; 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus; 25 whom God sent to be an atoning sacrifice, through faith in His blood, for a demonstration of His righteousness through the passing over of prior sins, in God’s forbearance; 26 to demonstrate His righteousness at this present time; that He might Himself be just, and the justifier of him who has faith in Jesus. 27 Where then is the boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith. 28 We maintain therefore that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Isn’t He the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since indeed there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith, and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then nullify the law through faith? May it never be! No, we establish the law.

Questions and Answers:

1. What is known (Romans 3:21)? A righteousness of God without (apart from) the law is known.

2. Through whom and to whom does this righteousness from God come (Romans 3:22)? This righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all and upon all who believe.

3. Who have sinned (Romans 3:23)? All have sinned and come short (fallen short) of the glory of God.

4. How are we justified, that is, how are we declared not guilty (Romans 3:24)? We are justified freely (declared not guilty) by God’s grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

5. What did God set forth Jesus to be (Romans 3:25)? God set forth Jesus to be our sacrifice of atonement. That is Jesus died in our place for our sins.

6. How is man justified (declared not guilty) according to Romans 3:28? A man is justified by faith.

7. Who is justified by faith (Romans 3:30)? The circumcised and the uncircumcised are both justified by faith. 

8. What does our faith not void (Romans 3:31)? Our faith does not void the law, it establishes the law.


Romans 3:27 (NIV) Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded.  On what principle? On that of observing the law?  No, but on that of faith.


My Bible notes: Christianity is unique in teaching that the good deeds we do will not make us right with God.  No amount of human achievement or progress in personal development will close the gap between God’s moral perfection and our imperfect daily performance.  Good deeds will not earn us eternal life.  We are saved only by trusting in what God has done for us.


Romans 3:23 (NIV) For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.


No matter how many excuses we make concerning how we live we will eventually have to answer to God for any and all sin we commit.


And we need to share with others that neither can their sin be blamed on anyone or anything else either.


Lord, I pray we will take seriously the Word You’ve entrusted to each of us (Romans 3:2). Lord, I pray we will seek to live a righteous life before You (Romans 3:10). Lord, I pray we will draw near to You (Romans 3:11).  Lord, I pray we will seek Your peace (Romans 3:17).  Lord, I pray we will fear (revere) You (Romans 3:18).  Lord, I pray we will be convicted by Your Word of our sin (Romans 3:20).  Lord, I pray we will indeed put our trust in Your Son, Christ Jesus (Romans 3:22).  Lord, I pray we will indeed be justified freely by Your grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus (Romans 3:24).  Thank You for presenting Christ Jesus as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in His blood (Romans 3:25).  Thank You for being not only God to the Jews but also to the Gentiles (Romans 3:29). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.


“May you and I seek to please God.” <>< Dona