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10/21 Romans 1-3

The book of Romans is a fantastic book that many believe was written before Paul returned to Jerusalem and was arrested.  In these first 3 chapters he explains that righteousness comes from God and that all mankind are sinners.  I really like verses 16 and 17 in chapter 1.

16I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

Note to self:  Live by faith.

Paul goes on to talk about the type of people that rebelled against God.  Funny, well not funny, but it sure sounds like a list of people today.  Paul starts out Chapter 2 explaining that God has the right to judge us.  Then he explains that the law will not save the Jews because they can’t or don’t keep the law.

10As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; 11there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. 12All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”

Paul then just lays it out for everyone, both Jew and Gentile.  No one is righteous.  It is impossible to become righteous on our own or by following the law.  There is only on way to become righteous:

21But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

If there was ever a section of scripture to memorize, I think this would be it.  Righteousness comes by faith to all that believe that Jesus was the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  He paid the price that we couldn’t because we have fallen short of glory of God and that salvation only comes by God’s grace.  Challenge for this week:  Memorize verses 21-26 and commit it to memory.  It will serve you well.

October 21, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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