Romans 3

God Remains Faithful

1 What, then, [is] the advantage of [being] a Jew? Or what [is] the value of circumcision? 2 Much in every way. First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God. 3 What if some did not have faith? {Will} their lack of faith nullify God’s faithfulness? 4 Certainly not! {Let} God be true and every man a liar. As it is written: “So that You may be justified in Your words, and prevail in Your judgments.”
Psalm 51:4
5 But if our unrighteousness highlights the righteousness of God, what shall we say? [That] God [is] unjust to inflict [His] wrath [on us] ? I am speaking in human terms. 6 Certainly not! In that case, how {could} God judge the world? 7 However, if my falsehood accentuates God’s truthfulness, to the increase of His glory, why {am} I still condemned as a sinner? 8 [Why] not [say] , as some slanderously claim [that] we say, “ - Let us do evil that good may result?” Their condemnation is deserved!

There is No One Righteous

9 What then? Are we any better? Not at all. For we have already made the charge [that] Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin. 10 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one. 11 There is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away; they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.
Psalm 14:1-3; Psalm 53:1-3
13 Their throats [are] open graves; their tongues practice deceit.
Psalm 5:9
[The] venom of vipers [is] on their lips.
Psalm 140:3
14 [Their] mouths are full of cursing and of bitterness.
Psalm 10:7
15 Their feet [are] swift to shed blood; 16 ruin and misery [lie] in their wake; 17 and [the] way of peace they have not known.
Isaiah 59:7,8
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
Psalm 36:1
19 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. 20 Therefore no one will be justified in His sight by works of the Law. For [the] Law merely brings awareness of sin.

Righteousness through Faith

21 But now, apart from [the] Law, [the] righteousness of God has been revealed, as attested by the Law and the Prophets. 22 And [this] righteousness [from] God [comes] through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no distinction, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 [and are] justified freely by His grace through the redemption that [is] in Christ Jesus. 25 God presented [Him] [as an] atoning sacrifice through faith in His blood, in order to demonstrate His righteousness, because in [His] forbearance [He] had passed over the sins committed beforehand. 26 [He did this] to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and to justify the [one] [who has] faith in Jesus. 27 Where, then, [is] boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? [On] that of works? No, but on [that] of faith. 28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. 29 [Is God] the God of Jews only? [Is He] not [the God] of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30 since [there is only] one God, who will justify [the] circumcised by faith and [the] uncircumcised through that [same] faith. 31 Do we, then, nullify [the] Law by [this] faith? Certainly not! Instead, we uphold [the] Law.
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