Saturday, April 25, 2015
Romans 3:19-31 (Good News Translation)
God’s Hopeful Word
Romans 3:19-31: Paul declares that no one is put right with God by following the Law but that, through God’s grace, all are put right with God through Christ Jesus.
Today's Scripture: Romans 3:24
By the free gift of God’s grace all are put right with him through Christ Jesus, who sets them free.
19Now we know that everything in the Law applies to those who live under the Law, in order to stop all human excuses and bring the whole world under God's judgment.20 For no one is put right in God's sight by doing what the Law requires; what the Law does is to make us know that we have sinned.
21But now God's way of putting people right with himself has been revealed. It has nothing to do with law, even though the Law of Moses and the prophets gave their witness to it.22 God puts people right through their faith in Jesus Christ. God does this to all who believe in Christ, because there is no difference at all:23everyone has sinned and is far away from God's saving presence.24But by the free gift of God's grace all are put right with him through Christ Jesus, who sets them free.25-26God offered him, so that by his blood he should become the means by which people's sins are forgiven through their faith in him. God did this in order to demonstrate that he is righteous. In the past he was patient and overlooked people's sins; but in the present time he deals with their sins, in order to demonstrate his righteousness. In this way God shows that he himself is righteous and that he puts right everyone who believes in Jesus.
27What, then, can we boast about? Nothing! And what is the reason for this? Is it that we obey the Law? No, but that we believe.28For we conclude that a person is put right with God only through faith, and not by doing what the Law commands.29Or is God the God of the Jews only? Is he not the God of the Gentiles also? Of course he is.30 God is one, and he will put the Jews right with himself on the basis of their faith, and will put the Gentiles right through their faith.31Does this mean that by this faith we do away with the Law? No, not at all; instead, we uphold the Law.
What is at the core of Paul’s message in this passage? How many times does the word “faith” appear in today’s reading? Why does Paul say about faith? What does Paul say about the Law?
Loving and merciful God, thank you for the free gift of your grace. Through your Son, Jesus, you have set me free from sin. Strengthen my faith and guide me in the way of your truth. Amen.
Those seeking to strengthen their faith
Romans 4:1-25: The apostle Paul describes the faith of Abraham and teaches that God’s promises are for all who have faith.
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