“GUILTY, BUT JUSTIFIED FREELY!” (Romans 3)
I. GOD’S JUDGMENT IS JUST (Rom. 3:1-8).
- The advantage to being a physical Jew was the privilege of being the first people group offered covenant with God and the privilege of spreading that knowledge to the Gentile nations (Rom. 3:1-2).
- The unbelief of some certainly doesn’t negate or reduce the faithfulness of God to you (Rom. 3:3-4)!
- Just because walking in darkness makes God’s light more obvious, that doesn’t mean God shouldn’t judge darkness or that we should therefore intentionally sin (Rom. 3:5-8).
II. THE GUILT OF ALL HUMANITY (Rom. 3: 9– 20).
- Paul’s summary of this entire section is that all are under sin and therefore in need of the good news, Jew and Gentile alike (Rom. 3:9).
- Paul substantiates his summary by quoting various O.T. passages of Scripture (Rom. 3:10-18; Ps. 14:1-3; 53:1-3; 5:9; 10:7; Isa. 59:7-8; Ps. 36:1).
- It was impossible to obey the law strictly enough to be considered righteous on the basis of one’s obedience to the law, meaning all were guilty and therefore in need of the gospel (Rom. 3:19).
- The purpose of the law wasn’t to bring justification, but rather to reveal mankind’s need for justification [apart from the law] (Rom. 3:20; Gal. 3:24-25).
III. RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD IS RECEIVED BY FAITH ALONE (Rom. 3:21-31).
- Right standing with God is received by trusting Christ alone (Rom. 3:21-31).
- Justification – “just as if I’d never sinned.” A guilty person’s record being pronounced clean.
- Freely by His grace – “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.”
- Redemption – a ransom paid in full – by Jesus’ blood.
- Propitiation – the payment required to satisfy God’s justice.
- God’s righteousness credited to our account (Rom. 4:6)!