Romans 3* Objections answered. (1-8) All mankind are sinners. (9-18)Both Jews and Gentiles cannot be justified by their own deeds.(19,20) It is owing to the free grace of God, through faith inthe righteousness of Christ, yet the law is not done away.(21-31)1-8 The law could not save in or from sins, yet it gave theJews advantages for obtaining salvation. Their statedordinances, education in the knowledge of the true God and hisservice, and many favours shown to the children of Abraham, allwere means of grace, and doubtless were made useful to theconversion of many. But especially the Scriptures were committedto them. Enjoyment of God's word and ordinances, is the chiefhappiness of a people. But God's promises are made only tobelievers; therefore the unbelief of some, or of manyprofessors, cannot make this faithfulness of no effect. He willfulfil his promises to his people, and bring his threatenedvengeance upon unbelievers. God's judging the world, should forever silence all doubtings and reflections upon his justice. Thewickedness and obstinate unbelief of the Jews, proved man's needof the righteousness of God by faith, and also his justice inpunishing for sin. Let us do evil, that good may come, isoftener in the heart than in the mouth of sinners; for few thusjustify themselves in their wicked ways. The believer knows thatduty belongs to him, and events to God; and that he must notcommit any sin, or speak one falsehood, upon the hope, or evenassurance, that God may thereby glorify himself. If any speakand act thus, their condemnation is just. 9-18 Here again is shown that all mankind are under the guiltof sin, as a burden; and under the government and dominion ofsin, as enslaved to it, to work wickedness. This is made plainby several passages of Scripture from the Old Testament, whichdescribe the corrupt and depraved state of all men, till gracerestrain or change them. Great as our advantages are, thesetexts describe multitudes who call themselves Christians. Theirprinciples and conduct prove that there is no fear of God beforetheir eyes. And where no fear of God is, no good is to be lookedfor. 19,20 It is in vain to seek for justification by the works ofthe law. All must plead guilty. Guilty before God, is a dreadfulword; but no man can be justified by a law which condemns himfor breaking it. The corruption in our nature, will for everstop any justification by our own works. 21-26 Must guilty man remain under wrath? Is the wound for everincurable? No; blessed be God, there is another way laid openfor us. This is the righteousness of God; righteousness of hisordaining, and providing, and accepting. It is by that faithwhich has Jesus Christ for its object; an anointed Saviour, soJesus Christ signifies. Justifying faith respects Christ as aSaviour, in all his three anointed offices, as Prophet, Priest,and King; trusting in him, accepting him, and cleaving to him:in all these, Jews and Gentiles are alike welcome to God throughChrist. There is no difference, his righteousness is upon allthat believe; not only offered to them, but put upon them as acrown, as a robe. It is free grace, mere mercy; there is nothingin us to deserve such favours. It comes freely unto us, butChrist bought it, and paid the price. And faith has specialregard to the blood of Christ, as that which made the atonement.God, in all this, declares his righteousness. It is plain thathe hates sin, when nothing less than the blood of Christ wouldsatisfy for it. And it would not agree with his justice todemand the debt, when the Surety has paid it, and he hasaccepted that payment in full satisfaction. 27-31 God will have the great work of the justification andsalvation of sinners carried on from first to last, so as toshut out boasting. Now, if we were saved by our own works,boasting would not be excluded. But the way of justification byfaith for ever shuts out boasting. Yet believers are not left tobe lawless; faith is a law, it is a working grace, wherever itis in truth. By faith, not in this matter an act of obedience,or a good work, but forming the relation between Christ and thesinner, which renders it proper that the believer should bepardoned and justified for the sake of the Saviour, and that theunbeliever who is not thus united or related to him, shouldremain under condemnation. The law is still of use to convinceus of what is past, and to direct us for the future. Though wecannot be saved by it as a covenant, yet we own and submit toit, as a rule in the hand of the Mediator.
Copyright information for MHCC
Welcome to STEP Bible
From Tyndale House, Cambridge UK
Use the search box to find Bibles, commentaries, passages, search terms, etc. Here are some examples:
This shows how to quickly lookup a passage.
Looking up a passage in three different translations is also easy.
This asks STEP to search for the Greek word for 'brother' and show the results in the ESV.
This example runs both a 'Hebrew word search' and a 'Text' search and shows the results in both the NIV and ESV.
You can mix most searches. This finds any word translated as 'throne' in the Prophets and the New Testament, but only in verses concerning the topic 'David'. This excludes verses which refer to a 'throne' in other contexts.
Interlinear Hebrew & Greek is available for some translations with grammar (and more soon). To reverse the interlinear order, click on a version abbreviation under the verse number.
© Tyndale House, Cambridge, UK - 2018