- Paul had said in the last chapter "25For indeed circumcision is of value if you practice the Law;but if you are a transgressor of the Law,your circumcisionhas becomeuncircumcision.26Soifthe uncircumcisedmankeepsthe requirementsof the Law,will not his uncircumcisionbe regardedas circumcision?”
- so the imaginary jewish person in Paul’s audience is going to have some objections - Paul has thought them through
- the Jewish people are God’s people - only the first of the beautiful things about what God has done for the Jewish people is that they are the ones He has chosen carry his revelation to mankind. They were supposed to be His messengers
- remember that is just point one - there is much more
- The Jewish people did not do what God chose them to do - but that doesn’t mean God’s plan failed or that God’s faithfulness is nullified
- This needs to be thought of when people talk about the church and use it as an argument against the gospel
- i. "Should any man say that the promise of God had failed toward him, let him examine his heart and his ways, and he will find that hehas departed out of that way in which alone God could, consistent with his holiness and truth, fulfill the promise." (Clarke)
- The general consensus of opinion is nothing to a Christian. He believes God's word, and he thinks more of that than of the universal opinion of men (Spurgeon)
- No amount of human hypocrisy can stop God’s plan
- no amount of human failure can keep the Lord from doing what he has chosen to do.
- He knew they would disobey
- He has it figured out
- Here is another point in his argument - So if God knew they were going to be unrighteous and he used that to glorify himself how can he judge them for being unrighteous?
- It all came out good right?
- How can God be mad?
- it’s not fair.
6May it never be! For otherwise, how will Godjudge the world? 7But if through my lie the truth of God abounded to His glory, why am I also still being judged as a sinner? 8And why not [say] (as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say), "Let us do evilthat good may come "? Their condemnation is just.
- Evil cannot be justified by God’s use of that evil to glorify himself. God will do what God will do but we are called to obediance and worship
- Even those who use this justification are not worse than us. No one is better than annoying else
19Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God; 20because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law [comes] the knowledge of sin.
- THIS is what the Law does - it can ONLY Accuse man and glorify God. That is all it was meant to do.
- The Law accuses those who have heard it and are bound to it - but those who have not heard it and are not bound to it still stand accused.
- The POINT is the law cannot save - that is the purpose of this WHOLE discussion
Justification by Faith
- apart from the law - without the law’s help and not through the power of the law.
- the law and the prophets do bear WITNESS to this righteousness but it does not depend upon them!
- The law is a mirror of the righteousness of God
- The Gospel is an extension of the righteousness of God - it is the REAL thing that the Law can only testify to. It is the true character and nature of Jesus. The law only measures it and says it is real it is an imprint.
- your fingerprint can tell us that you are you but your identity does not derive from you finger print
- Faith in Jesus is the way we receive this righteousness
- John 6:29 - Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent."
- No one is righteous - not Jew or Greek - or anyone else but God everyone else has fallen short.
- The ONLY way to receive the righteousness of God is
- as a gift - unearned
- by his Grace - for FREE
- through Jesus redemption
- God DISPLAYED Jesus publicly to all the earth, to all of Heaven
- The mercy seat of God - the place on the ark between the cherubim where the blood was placed once a year - we are allowed to come close to Him
- Expiate - to ATONE - to make amends - to appease. God’s anger was quenched - God’s wrath was ended - all that stood against us was removed from the record
- He was showing himself to be righteous in forgiving all those he had forgiven
- God has made it possible for himself to be both JUST AND FORGIVING simultaneously
- Just because Sin cannot go unpunished
- Forgiving because He has punished his son and not us.
- How can ANYONE boast when they did not earn their righteousness they only received it as a gift from God?
- No one can glory in this righteousness but Jesus himself who paid the whole price!
- Eph 2:8 8For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, [it is] the gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
- YOU DID NOT EARN THIS! YOU DO NOT DESERVE IT!
- Justified by faith
- declared righteous
- Just as if I never sinned
29Or is God [the God] of Jews only? Is He not [the God] of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faithand the uncircumcised through faith is one.
- For all people - in the righteousness that come from faith we are made one. There is no difference.
- The ground is level at the foot of the cross
- equally condemned so that we might be equally REDEEMED!!!
- This is the big question!
- Does this mean the law means nothing? NOPE
- If Jesus had to die to appease the law then obviously God cares about it
- You have been saved UNTO righteousness not unto nothing.
- The Gospel EMPOWERS us to go BEYOND the law and live out of love which is far greater than the law
"'Twas for my sins my dearest Lord.
Hung on the cursed tree.
And groan'd away his dying life,
For thee, my soul, for thee.
"O how I hate those lusts of mine.
That crucified my Lord;
Those sins that pierc'd and nail'd his flesh.
Fast to the fatal wood.
"Yes, my Redeemer, they shall die,
My heart hath so decreed;
Nor will I spare the guilty things.
That made my Saviour bleed."