Our Forgiveness is Profoundly Supernatural

The miracle of the atonement is that there is  a way for God to be both just and the one who justifies sinners (to paraphrase Romans 3:26).  Mercy and justice met when the sinless Son of God was, impossibly, sacrificed on our behalf.  Our forgiveness as Christians is profoundly supernatural.

– Dever, Mark & Jamie Dunlop; The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive; Crossway; Wheaton, IL; Copyright 2015; Kindle Edition; Page 44

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Only Then Was Paul Cheered

The same apostle who said that we are justified (Romans 3-5) and have already been buried and raised with Christ in newness of life (Romans 6) goes on to relate his own experience of persistent failures in the Christian life (Romans 7).  Only when he takes his eyes off of himself and gives his ear again to Christ and his Word is the apostle once again cheered (Romans 8)

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 107

We Would Have No Hope

In Romans 3:9-20 Paul summarized his argument thus far: The law condemns everyone, Jew and Gentile alike, shutting every mouth before God’s tribunal.  The righteousness of God leaves no one standing.  Everyone is guilt.  One may not be guilty before a human court, or before the court of public opinion, or in the eyes of neighbors, souses or friends.  One may not be convicted in one’s own sight.  Nevertheless, the only verdict that really matters is God’s, and it is unambiguous.  If the only revelation that we had were that which is gleaned from our natural knowledge of God’s existence, power and righteousness, we would have no hope.

– Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 62

On What Basis Shall We Be Judged?

Surely God will judge the world on the basis of whether we have done our best with the light we have been given.  But Paul’s whole point in these first three chapters (of Romans) is to convince us that regardless of how much light we have been given, we always do the same thing with it.  We suppress the truth, whether it is the light of nature (God’s existence and moral will known to unbelieving Gentiles) or the light of grace (God’s revelation of the gospel in the Scriptures).  There is enough revelation to render a guilty verdict.  Regardless of our own evaluation before God’s bar no one is good and no one seeks God.

– Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 59-60

The Primary Passage on Freedom from the Dominion of Sin

Just as Romans 3:19-26 is the classic passage of Scripture about salvation from the penalty of sin, so Romans 6:1-14 is the primary passage of Scripture about freedom from the dominion of sin.  In this section of Scripture we learn what God has done for us through Christ to enable us to deal with sin, even persistent sin in our lives.  We will see in Romans 6 that the gospel is far more than “fire insurance” from eternal punishment in hell. 

– Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 61-62

Seven Truths We Need to Clearly Understand

As we look over this statement of the gospel (Romans 3:19-26), we can see seven truths that we need to clearly understand.

  1. No one is declared righteous before God by observing the law (verses 19-21)
  2. There is a righteousness from God that is apart from law (verse 21)
  3. This righteousness from God is received through faith in Jesus Christ (verse 22)
  4. This righteousness is available to everyone on the same basis, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (verses 22-23)
  5. All who put their faith in Jesus Christ are justified freely by God’s grace (verse 24)
  6. This justification is “through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus (verse 24)
  7. “God presented [Jesus] as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in His blood” (verse 25)

– Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 47-57