Day 3 Read: Romans 3:19-20
Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
Reflect: According to these verses, what is the Law’s purpose?
Consider: Law encourages effort. But human effort inevitably falls short of the divine standard. The purpose of the law is to guide conduct, not to provide a method to stand before God on the basis of one’s own righteousness. Phillips notes that “it is the straightedge of the Law that shows us how crooked we are.”
Respond: What makes verses 19 and 20 such hopeless verses? How does this concept connect with what you see in Romans 1:18-21?
 Robert H. Mounce, Romans, vol. 27, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995), 111.