Week of September 23 - Day 5

Day 5 Read: Romans 3:27-31

Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also,30 since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.

Reflect: What is Paul’s solution to the question about the application of the law to both Jews and Gentiles alike?

Consider: Because of his Jewish readers, Paul wanted to say more about the relationship of the Gospel to the Law. The doctrine of justification by faith is not against the Law, because it establishes the Law. God obeyed His own Law in working out the plan of salvation. Jesus in His life and death completely fulfilled the demands of the Law.5

Respond: If Jesus had not given us righteousness and we had to “work” to pay for it, what would that look like? How does this passage explain the relationship between faith and works? In what area of your life have you experienced this truth? Why do people, especially in a comfortable, prosperous society, easily embrace a performance-based relationship with God? What effect does this have on society in general? On the church?

5 Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996), 524.