3 But you may say, ‘Some Jews did not believe God's messages as they should have done. 7 Someone might also say, ‘When I tell lies, that shows how great and good God is. b. In answer to the question, "What advantage hath the Jew?" God forbid; for then how shall God judge the world?--that is, "Far from us be such a thought; for that would strike down all future judgment. He wished to be buried in his beloved village, but the sentiment of educated men demanded a place in Westminster Abbey beside Isaac Newton. As his coffin entered the vast building, the choir sang an anthem composed for the occasion. “Charles Darwin died in April 1882. But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. manifestly and entirely excludes "boasting"; and this is the best evidence of its truth. 3. In answer to the question, "What advantage hath the Jew?" But he could not say that to God. This expresses an idea which is key to understanding how to be saved from God's wrath and included in His family. For if the truth of God, &c.--A further illustration of the same sentiment: that is, "Such reasoning amounts to this--which indeed we who preach salvation by free grace are slanderously accused of teaching--that the more evil we do, the more glory will redound to God; a damnable principle." INFERENCES FROM THE FOREGOING DOCTRINES AND AN OBJECTION ANSWERED. These statements of the Psalmist were indeed suggested by particular manifestations of human depravity occurring under his own eye; but as this only showed what man, when unrestrained, is in his present condition, they were quite pertinent to the apostle's purpose. 11 There is nobody who understands what is true. 1, 2. 1, 2.What advantage then hath the Jew?--that is, "If the final judgment will turn solely on the state of the heart, and this may be as good in the Gentile without, as in the Jew within, the sacred enclosure of God's covenant, what better are we Jews for all our advantages?" 1 Abraham was the ancestor of all of us who are Jews. Commentaries on Romans. 3 The Law that God gave to Moses could not make us free like that. He has now shown us that new way, which the law and the prophets told us about. Or what is the value of circumcision? Romans 3 Commentary; BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR. (Romans 3:23-26.) But now the righteousness of without the law--that is, a righteousness to which our obedience to the law contributes nothing whatever ( Romans 3:28 , Galatians 2:16 ). Answer: 2. ", 15. 22 God makes people right through their faith in # 3:22 their faith in Or “the faithfulness of.” Jesus Christ. Romans 3:21 must be connected with Romans 1:17. . Aquila and Priscilla from Rome were probably Christians before they met Paul in Corinth (Acts 18:1-3). He had written to remind them of their duties and their dangers, because God … If God had done that, then Abraham would have been able to say great things about himself. Come short of being glorified by God. Romans: Bible Study and Commentary. It points at Christ, and it refers to the promise, Genesis 12:3. Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ-To this introduction the conclusion answers, Romans 15:15, etc. On this brief section, Note (1) Mark the place here assigned to the Scriptures. Romans 3:21-26. Do we then make void the law through faith?--"Does this doctrine of justification by faith, then, dissolve the obligation of the law? Charitable Incorporated Organisation 1162807, https://www.facebook.com/BibleEasyEnglish/. But if they say that, they are insulting me. Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. that are past--not the sins committed by the believer before he embraces Christ, but the sins committed under the old economy, before Christ came to "put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself." With respect even to the reprobate, the antecedent will of God ought, indeed, to be held as of great account; for what they have not, they, nevertheless, might have had; and this very circumstance confers upon them an altogether great privilege; and even though they do not perceive it to be so [or uphold it], still this peculiar advantage [Romans 3:1, τὸ περισσόν] remains, that the glory of God, and the glory of the … "Just in punishing," and "merciful in pardoning," men can understand; but "just in justifying the guilty," startles them. Being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets reminds us that there is still continuity with God’s work in former times. 16, 17. Whose mouth, &c.--( Psalms 10:7 ): that is, "That mouth which should be 'most sweet' ( Solomon 5:16 ), being 'set on fire of hell' ( James 3:6 ), is filled with burning wrath against those whom it should only bless. that every mouth--opened in self-justification. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. Their feet are swift to shed blood--( Proverbs 1:16 , Isaiah 59:7 ): that is, "Those feet, which should 'run the way of God's commandments' ( Psalms 119:32 ), are employed to conduct men to deeds of darkest crime.". (Romans 3:27-31.) But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, etc. While God calls, he makes what he calls. by his grace--His free love. The Book of Romans. Guilty before God, is a dreadful word; but no man can be justified by a law which condemns him for breaking it. . What does Romans 3:23 mean? To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. To make good this doctrine, and reseat it in the faith and affection of the Church, was worth all the bloody struggles that it cost our fathers, and it will be the wisdom and safety, the life and vigor of the churches, to "stand fast in this liberty wherewith Christ hath made them free, and not be again entangled"--in the very least degree--"with the yoke of bondage" ( Galatians 5:1 ). (2) The fitness of the Gospel to be a universal religion, beneath which the guilty of every name and degree are invited and warranted to take shelter and repose, is a glorious evidence of its truth ( Romans 3:29 Romans 3:30 ). Nobody can become right with God because they obey that Law. 14, Romans fifteen, 1 Cor. But now that God can "set forth" Christ as a "propitiation for sin through faith in His blood," the righteousness of His procedure in passing by the sins of believers before, and in now remitting them, is "manifested," declared, brought fully out to the view of the whole world. yea, let God be--held true, and every man a liar--that is, even though it should follow from this that every man is a liar. iii. Salem Media Group. In thus not imputing them, God was righteous, but He was not seen to be so; there was no "manifestation of His righteousness" in doing so under the. In Thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. He will accept Jews as right with himself if they believe in Christ. Destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace have they not known--This is a supplementary statement about men's ways, suggested by what had been said about the "feet," and expresses the mischief and misery which men scatter in their path, instead of that peace which, as strangers to it themselves, they cannot diffuse. Romans 3:10.The long series of quotations, beginning with this verse, has many points of interest. Either the phrase “being justified” may be taken as corresponding to “all them that believe” in Romans 3:22, the change of case being an irregularity suggested by the form of the sentence immediately preceding; or the construction may be considered to be regular, and the participle “being justified” would then be dependent upon the last finite verb: “they come short of the glory of God, and in that very state … Come short of justification, or acceptance with God, which is glory begun-come short of the holiness or sanctification which is the glorious image of God upon man, and have overthrown all hopes and expectations of being glorified with God in heaven by any righteousness of their own. It is right that God should punish those people. Having demonstrated that no flesh can be justified by the deeds of the law in the sight of God, the apostle proceeds to show how the sinner can be … (2) As there is no difference in the need, so is there none in the liberty to appropriate the provided salvation. . Is he the God of the Jews only? Having demonstrated that no flesh can be justified by the deeds of the law in the sight of God, the apostle proceeds to show how the sinner can be … (Yet if we consult Psalm 14:1-7 and Psalm 53:1-6 , from which the quotations in Romans 3:10-12 are taken, we shall be constrained to admit that their original application is nothing short of universal. 5, 6. There is no fear of God before their eyes — (Psalm 36:1): that is, “Did the eyes but ‹see Him who is invisible‘ (Hebrews 11:27), a reverential awe of Him with whom we have to do would chasten every joy and lift the soul out of its deepest depressions; but to all this the natural man is a stranger.” Much in every way. View Romans 3. This commentary also deals with the Bible text literally as a love song but it is in simpler English. Psalm 53:1-6 is the same as Psalm 14:1-7 , with some slight variations. He has now shown that he is completely right and fair. 27 So then, nobody should be proud that they are good enough. Commentaries for Romans Chapter 3 ... View the entire commentary. Romans 3:9-20 . Then something good will happen as a result.’ Some people even say that is the message which I teach. his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus--Glorious paradox! It’s text, from the book of Proverbs, may stand as the most fitting testimony to Darwin’s greatness: ‘Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and getteth understanding. Jesus Christ has paid for our sins so that we have become free. Study the bible online using commentary on Romans 3 and more! 10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. He has now shown us that new way, which the law and the prophets told us about. God forgives us if we trust in Jesus and the blood of his sacrifice. 17 They have never known how to live in peace. I saw the sufficiency of the atonement he had made for my pardon and justification. When we say that all people need to believe in Jesus, does that mean that God's Laws have no purpose? Righteousness Through Faith - But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 15, Romans sixteen, weak and strong Christian in the book of Romnas. (3) It is on the atoning blood of Christ, as the one propitiatory sacrifice which God hath set forth to the eye of the guilty, that the faith of the convinced and trembling sinner fastens for deliverance from wrath. There is none that doeth good - In Romans 3:10; it is said, There is none righteous; here, There is none that doeth good: the first may refer to the want of a righteous principle; the second, to the necessary consequence of the absence of such a principle. 1 So someone may ask, ‘Does it help a person if they are a Jew, rather than a Gentile? This is an explicit denial of any such tendency. The things that they say hurt people, like a snake's poison. 21 But God has a way to make people right, and it has nothing to do with the law. 13 Bad words come out of their mouth, like a very bad smell. Commentary on Galatians 3:1-5 (Read Galatians 3:1-5) Several things made the folly of the Galatian Christians worse. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Proud member 24 But because God is very kind, he accepts us as right with himself. Romans 3 - Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible . GOD'S JUSTIFYING RIGHTEOUSNESS THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST, ALIKE ADAPTED TO OUR NECESSITIES AND WORTHY OF HIMSELF. L et’s take a close look at Romans chapter 3 and study it together and add some personal commentary to it. of sins--"the sins." 3:19,20 It is in vain to seek for justification by the works of the law. the law--that is, the Scriptures, considered as a law of duty. He sent his own Son to become a person like us. Called to be an apostle— And made an apostle by that calling. 14 They are always saying bad things against people. by the law and the prophets--the Old Testament Scriptures. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Romans 3. through the forbearance of God--God not remitting but only forbearing to punish them, or passing them by, until an adequate atonement for them should be made. God accepts a person only if that person believes in Jesus Christ. He will also accept other people as right with himself if they believe in Christ. excluded. Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? 30 There is only one God. . 57 *A.D.. Paul probably wrote this … ", 14. The “long suffering” of God is manifested--(a) By looking at the will of God. (7-8) Walk rightly with God by a humble, reverent life. By what law?--on what principle or scheme?. . You are very proud that you belong to … But now speaks of the newness of God’s work in Jesus Christ – it really is a New Covenant. Romans 2 Romans 4 ... Romans 3:9-20 English Standard Version (ESV) ... An integrated digital Bible study library - including complete notes from the Believer's Bible Commentary and the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (NIV and NRSV) - is just a step away! in his sight--at His bar ( Psalms 143:2 ). the circumcision by--"of" faith, and the uncircumcision through faith--probably this is but a varied statement of the same truth for greater emphasis (see Romans 3:22 ); though BENGEL thinks that the justification of the Jews, as the born heirs of the promise, may be here purposely said to be "of faith," while that of the Gentiles, previously "strangers to the covenants of promise," may be said to be "through faith," as thus admitted into a new family. 29 God is not God only for Jewish people. He should not punish me.’ 8 But if that is true, you could also say, ‘We should do more and more bad things. Romans » Chapter 3 » exegesis. God accepts every person who believes in Christ. 1 So someone may ask, ‘Does it help a person if they are a Jew, rather than a Gentile?Does it help a person if someone has circumcised them?’ 2 Yes, it helps in many ways. The law could not save in or from sins, yet it gave the Jews advantages for obtaining salvation. Yes! This book has caused many to come to saving faith as they are walked down the Roman Road of Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23 and many others. Romans 3:18 - ' There is no fear of God before their eyes .' 31 What does this show us about God's Laws which he gave to Moses? Note, (1) One way of a sinner's justification is taught in the Old Testament and in the New alike: only more dimly during the twilight of Revelation; in unclouded light under "its perfect day" ( Romans 3:21 ). He is the God for all people. This book has caused many to come to saving faith as they are walked down the Roman Road of Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23 and many others. Romans 3:21-22. 22 God accepts people as right with himself because Jesus Christ did what God wanted. The law worketh wrath, by showing that every … 2 God did not accept Abraham because Abraham had done good things. Nobody becomes right with God because they have done good things. If so, it cannot be of God. (Romans 3:21 NIV) This is what Paul elsewhere calls "the glorious gospel of the blessed God" (1 Timothy 1:11), the good news that God has to announce to us, which consists of a gift that God gives us -- the righteousness of God himself. . 18. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. 15, Romans sixteen, weak and strong Christian in the book of Romnas. It confirms the law, Romans 3:31. As the Judaizing teachers disputed his claim to the apostolical office, it is with great propriety that he asserts it in the very entrance of an epistle wherein their principles are entirely overthrown. But if, &c.--Another objection: "It would appear, then, that the more faithless we are, so much the more illustrious will the fidelity of God appear; and in that case, for Him to take vengeance on us for our unfaithfulness would be (to speak as men profanely do) unrighteousness in God.". "Let God be true, and every man a liar" ( Romans 3:4 ); and as many advocates of salvation by grace as say, "Let us do evil that good may come," "their damnation is just" ( Romans 3:8 ). Christians used to gather in their home (Romans 16:3-5). 24. justified freely--without anything done on our part to deserve. Think about what he discovered. 3, 4. The καθὼς γέγραπται with which it is introduced, shows that the assertion of indiscriminate sinfulness which the Apostle has just made, corresponds with Scripture testimony. 22 God makes people right through their faith in # 3:22 their faith in Or “the faithfulness of.” Jesus Christ. All mankind are sinners. 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