During my quiet time, I revisited a chapter I had bookmarked: Romans 3. I often times find it refreshing to reread chapters that I have previously read because God always reveals something new to me, I read something that I didn’t remember seeing before, and it’s a great way to really expand my knowledge. It doesn’t matter how many times you have read the bible or a certain verse, you should always read it over and over again.
Romans 3 touches on the faithfulness of God, reminds us that no one is righteous and understanding that our righteousness comes through faith.
- God’s faithfulness
- It is important to remember that our God is always faithful! As believers we have been entrusted with the truth of God and we are responsible for the things that we do with His words. How we follow it and how we live our life accordingly. And will there be some that are unfaithful? Yes, you can count on that but the unfaithfulness of other should not deter you from the path God has set for us. Verse 3 tells us that their unfaithfulness will not nullify God’s faithfulness. You have to understand that it is what YOU do, it is your actions that you accountable for. Do not worry about those who doubt or do not follow the truths of God because you cannot use their ignorance and inaction as an excuse for your reaction and disobedience. Stand in the umbrella of God’s righteousness so that you will live a life according to His will and you may speak righteousness just as you live it. Thus you will be rooted on solid ground and not a sinking ground of hypocrisy.
- Our unrighteousness bring out God’s righteousness much clearly. Our actions or lack thereof does not change the love and faithfulness God has for us. God is able to judge this world because He is just and righteous. Think about it: Our continued failures always bring to light the love, justice and righteousness of God. Imagine if God repaid our sins and unfaithfulness to Him with the same unrighteousness. I would not be alive today, neither would you. The law is to bring conscience to our sins
- No One is Righteous
- Under the power of sin we are all the same. Equal in deserving of God’s mercy and favor. No one is righteous by their own being. No pastor, minister, no one of any profession or stature. We are all worthless and have turned away from God. That is what we are without God and His love. Verses 13-18 elaborates on this. Verse 20 says, “No one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin!” I’ll repeat that: through the law we become conscious of our sin.
- Righteousness Through Faith
- “Apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.” At the end of the day we all have fell short of the glory of God and have sinned but we are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ. The Father gave us His son as a sacrifice of atonement which means a reparation for a wrong. The shedding of the blood of the Lamb was payment for our sins, a cross we were to bear but the righteousness of Christ took it upon Himself. Before the crucifixion of Christ, His forbearance (patience, self-control, and tolerance) had left our “sins committed beforehand unpunished” [Verse 25]. It is in this righteous act that those who have faith in Jesus Christ are justified.
- So we are not righteous by our own doings and our work. We are not righteous by the law that requires work but the law that requires faith which is the supreme Law of God. Jesus makes us righteous and forgiven and loved. Verse 28- “A person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law!” We are all that we are because of Jesus Christ. Never get to the point where you feel that you got to where you are today because of your actions or your doings. As humans we are nothing and no good comes from us but all that is pure and right comes from Christ who is within us and through us He does good work.