Abide Together: Reflections on Romans 3
In Romans 3, Paul puts the finishing touches on his argument that all mankind are sinners and are thus guilty before God. He says that all mankind is unrighteous, does not understand and does not seek God nor fear God. He sums it up in verse 23 when he writes, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” So, if mankind does not meet God’s righteous standard (whether we are under the Mosaic Law or a Moral Law), how can we be made right(justified) with Him. Paul spells it out when he writes, “being justified as a gift by His grace trough the redemption which is in Christ Jesus (v. 24)” & “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the Law (v. 28).” God gave Jesus to die in the place of guilty sinners, not because of anything good we have done, but because HE is gracious. He calls us to transfer our trust to be made right with Him, from ourselves to Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. O Lord, may I never get over Your grace towards me.
– Bryan McKenzie
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