June 17/Romans 3

In Chapter 1 Paul stated that creation condemned the unrighteous heathen because creation was a witness to God. In chapter 2 he stated that conscience condemned the self-righteous because they had the law of God but they knew in their hearts they were not obeying it. Now in chapter 3 he will state that no one is righteous, no one seeks after God but there is a way to be Justified or made right with God and it is not obeying the Law.

Verses 1-3 > Is there any value in obeying God’s commandments? Paul anticipated this question because he ended chapter 2 by saying that a true Jew wasn’t just one who had Jewish parents or was circumcised because the law said you had to be; a true Jew or follower of Jesus was one who had a heart change and obeyed God out of gratefulness for Jesus. Paul said Yes there are benefits in obeying God’s laws. He is saying in effect that because you had the God’s law to guide you in day to day living you did reap the benefits.

Example: When I go to drive my van the instructions say to put the transmission lever in park, insert key into the ignition, turn the key until the engine starts and then release the key. To drive I must put my foot on the brake before I can put the lever from park to reverse or drive. Now I may not understand how all of that works but by following the directions I am blessed by the drivability of my van.

Example: By following the law of circumcision, which stated that a male baby was to have its foreskin cut off 8 days after birth. Why 8 days? Medical research has found out that that is the safest day to circumcise a baby because its anti clotting levels are 110 percent of an adult level so there isn’t near the bleeding; before the 8th day the clotting is only 30% of normal. The greatest risk of bleeding occurs between 2 and 7 days of life which may produce serious damage to internal organs, especially the brain and can cause death from shock and too much blood loss. Even a little blood loss in an infant can be fatal. God knew all this. Page 82 & 83 in the book; None of These Diseases.

Example: The Bubonic Plague which swept through Europe 1343-1356 killed millions of people, some estimate 60% of Europe’s population, did not have as much effect on the Jews. Why? Because of the hygiene and dietary laws instituted by God! The simple washing of hands kills many germs! We now have signs in the restrooms of hospitals and eating establishments that remind employees to wash their hands before returning to work. God knows what is best.

So yes there is blessing in obeying God’s word even if you don’t understand the reason behind it! Even a non-Christian can be blessed by obeying the word of God. If they are kind they will receive kindness back. We harvest what we plant. It is a law God has built into the universe. But as we shall see obeying isn’t the way to be right with God.

Galatians 6:7–8 (NLT) — 7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.

Verses 4-9 > People will come up with all sorts of stupid excuses to not obey God. “But is feels so right”. Here is a line from the old song, I don’t want to be right.  > “If loving you is wrong I don’t want to be right. If being right means being without you, I’d rather live a wrong doing life.”

Verses 10-18 > These verses show how wonderful and good Father God is. That fact that you have become a Christian is only because Father God out of the goodness of His heart came after you.  No one is good and No one seeks after God, no one! It doesn’t matter what people of other religions are doing like cutting themselves, crawling on their knees, hanging themselves on crosses, living in monasteries in the mountain, chanting, meditating etc. they are not seeking God. They might be seeking some inner experience, to be in harmony with nature, a higher consciousness, but they are not seeking God.

John 6:44 (NLT) — 44 For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up.

Verses 19-20 > What is the purpose of the Law of God or His commandments or His word? To take away our excuses, to show us our guilt, to show us how sinful we are, to show us that we need a savior.

Verses 21-30 > These verses tell us how we can be Justified or made right with God. Obeying the Laws of God won’t do it so how can we be made right with God? What did it cost God to have us Justified? Those of you who are reading this blog would you weigh in with your answers in the comment section please. I don’t care if someone said what you were going to say please comment.

Verse 31 > The law was meant to bring us to Christ. So when we believe in Jesus we have fulfilled the Law.

Galatians 3:24 (NKJV) — 24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Be Justified by faith and:

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    The law was to show us that we will fail on our own. The law is for giving direction to people but mam is willful, think the terrible twos, and fights against restrictions. God understood this and had a terrible but loving plan. He sent his son to live among us and demonstrate how to follow the law. Then he allowed his son to be tortured and killed. Then, worst of all, he was separated from his son, due to our sins, for 3 days. God knew that Jesus would rise from the grave, but for 3 days Jesus was truly dead and gone to God. Remember to God a day can be like a thousand years. There is no greater sacrifice a parent can make since the natural tendency, that we got from God, is to sacrifice ourself for our children. Also remember God’s promise to never leave us or forsake us but he has to exactly that to Jesus for that 3 days. A sobering thought.

  2. Mary Anne Frank says:

    I love the season of Lent because it causes me to focus on the cost to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. God’s love for me cost it all…Jesus’ love for me cost it all!! When I am tempted to wonder if God really understands my pain or trouble, I need only to look at His incredible sacrifice for me. I don’t ever want to forget that! Romans is my favorite book in the bible…..it brings me to my knees in gratitude for the free gift of God that cost Him everything…for me. Wow…how can I say thanks?