H e y r e a d e r s !
Welcome to week three of the Romans Bible study. If you haven’t read any other posts in this series, that’s totally fine and you’re welcome to join at any time.
This week we’ll be looking at chapter three, and I know it’ll be a good study.
A Recap on Last week:
If you missed last week’s post feel free to go read that now.
God’s the judge, not us (vs. 1-2)
Last week we noted from Romans chapter two in the first couple of verses, that God’s judgement is perfect. Also, that we [believers] are not called to judge people, rather to love them and do our best to share with them the gospel, both in our example and with the words we speak to them.
Read and obey God’s word (vs. 13)
We were reminded in verse 13 that not only are we to read the Bible, but we must obey the Bible. We reflected on the example of the Man in the mirror (James 1), who studied his face and immediately went away and forgot. This was a challenging reminder to work diligently to obey the things we read in God’s word.
Let’s get started,
 Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision?  Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God.  What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God?  By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written, “That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged.”  But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.)  By no means! For then how could God judge the world?  But if through my lie God’s truth abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner?  And why not do evil that good may come?—as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just.  What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin,  as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;  no one understands; no one seeks for God.  All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”  “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.”  “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”  “Their feet are swift to shed blood;  in their paths are ruin and misery,  and the way of peace they have not known.”  “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”  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.  For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.  But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,  whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.  It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.  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.  For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.  Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also,  since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.  Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
(Romans 3 ESV)
No one is righteous (vs. 11-18)
No human can fully understand God. God is righteous, holy, perfect.
We’re totally imperfect and lawless beings. We have all turned away from God, and have sought out evil things. We’re deceivers, haters, murderers, evil.
Humans, we’re pretty awful people. Our pursuits have gained us nothing but misery. We have sought out things that promised joy, peace, and contentment. Yet, we have seen the opposite.
Rather than being joyful, we’re miserable. Rather than being peaceful, we’re becoming rioters. Rather than being content, we’re being covetous.
Have we realized yet that we’re on a worthless pursuit?
Have we realized yet there’s nothing we can do to become righteous?
Do we even realize how bad we are?
Hopefully by now you get the point. We’re all terrible people no matter how much “good” we think we’ve achieved. There is absolutely nothing we can do to become good people.
Reading these words may sound a little harsh. We’re not finished yet.
Grace ( vs. 21-26)
The only alternative to our worthless pursuit, is God’s grace.
God’s grace is a pretty big deal because sin is a big deal. Making light of sin is making light of God’s grace.
We must take sin seriously and accept God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Readers, God has offered us grace. Have you accepted it? Have you taken seriously the greatness of sin? I challenge you today, turn from your worthless pursuit and pursue Christ.
Believers, to pursue Christ means to give everything up and run toward Him. Hold nothing back. Give your life totally to Christ and pursue Him with all your heart. Make Christ the priority in all you do. Seek to glorify God with your life.
I write these things challenging you. But believe me, this is just as much a challenge for me as it is for you.
Let’s commit together to examine our actions. Let’s refocus our hearts to glorify Christ in every thought, every action. In all.