Romans Lesson 5 Day 3

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Romans Lesson 5 Day 3

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6. For everyone (Jews and Gentiles) has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:23 NLT

Moses murdered a fellow Egyptian. He later lost his temper and broke the tablets carved by God.

To hide the fact that he committed adultery with Bathsheba and got her pregnant, David arranged for Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, to be killed so he could take her as his own wife.

To protect himself, Abraham told his wife to lie.

Jonah disobeyed God.

Charles Manson was a mass murderer and a cult leader.

Two of my former pastors resigned in disgrace when it was discovered that each had sexual relations with several church members.

I feel ashamed for naming names because MY name is on this list! Thankfully, my sins aren’t documented in the Bible or on Wikipedia. 

Everyone knows they sin, but they cope with the guilt by trusting in their own method of justification.

  • Many, including the Pharisees, trust in justification by their religious works.
  • Some trust in their service to the sick, the homeless, the poor, and the victimized to offset their own sin.
  • Or we rationalize by saying, at least I’ve never done that. Or I’d never do that.
  • Others trust in reincarnation for a chance to eventually get it right.
  • Still others take God’s kindness for granted or think they have plenty of time left.

Whatever the justification, I think it’s more important to help unbelievers understand the love of God and His desire to have an intimate relationship with us.

Most churchgoers can quote verse 23 —

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”, but few can quote verse 24 —”Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.”

As Paul pointed out in Romans 2:4, “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” (emphasis added)

The truth is that God does not want to use fear tactics or manipulation to cause you to change the way you think, rather He wants to show you His love for you, His goodness, His grace and His kindness. Seeing this side of God can only lead to a dramatic response. Phil Drysdale

. . . we could never have found that right relationship with God, if Jesus had not come to live and to die to tell us how wonderfully he loves us. William Barclay

7. a. Justified dikaioo Strongs #1344

“Justified is a legal term signifying to acquit, declare righteous, show to be righteous.” Spirit-Filled Life Bible Word Wealth

“We are now saved and set right (justified) by His free gift of grace through the redemption available only in Jesus the Anointed.” Romans 3:24 Voice

God put all sin on Jesus so that we can be made right with God—a free gift of grace.

b. Redemption

This has the idea of buying back something and involves cost. God paid His Son Jesus as a ransom. So we are justified freely. (Guzik)

God spared no expense. We mean that much to Him.

Jesus came “to give His life as a ransom for (instead of) many.” Mark 10:45 AMP

I love the Voice translation on Ephesians 1:7-10

Visualize this: His blood freely flowing down the cross, setting us free! We are forgiven for our sinful ways by the richness of His grace, which He has poured all over us. With all wisdom and insight, He has enlightened us to the great mystery at the center of His will. With immense pleasure, He laid out His intentions through Jesus, a plan that will climax when the time is right as He returns to create order and unity—both in heaven and on earth—when all things are brought together under the Anointed’s royal rule. In Him

This is beautiful, too.

He gave His body for our sakes and will not only break us free from the chains of wickedness, but He will also prepare a community uncorrupted by the world that He would call His own—people who are passionate about doing the right thing. Titus 2:14 Voice

8. I am justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. NIV

God commissioned His only Son who is also a part of Himself to live life on earth in a human body, enduring hunger and thirst, weather extremes, verbal and physical abuse, rejection, unimaginable torture, and humiliation. Then He took on ALL the sickness and sin of everyone who ever lived and ever will live just so we could be made right with Him.

Because of grace, Jesus calls me a joint heir, a saint, a new creature, His child, His beloved, forgiven, the apple of His eye, blessed, holy, anointed, redeemed from the curse of the law, able to do all things in Christ, a son of God, an overcomer, and so much more because I am in Him.


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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 5 Day 3 ~ Romans 3:23-24