You Gotta Have Faith

The concluding paragraph of Romans chapter 3 is all about faith.  Here it is:  27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. 29 Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, 30 since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.”  No one is justified or declared righteous by the deeds of the law; whether he is a Jew or a Gentile or from Madagascar for that matter.  What does Paul mean when he says that “we establish the law”?  I think he means that the purpose of the law was to reveal our sin.  In Galatians Paul writes that the law was a tutor or a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ (Galatians 3:24).  When faith comes, it validates the purpose of the law.  The law can’t save but the law can and does point to the Savior.  Unfortunately, many people are stuck on the law.  They evaluate their connection with God by their deeds and actions; yet that isn’t correct.  That would lead to boasting as Paul mention in verse 27.  Do you have faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ?  He and He alone can justify you.

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