In this week’s readings, we come to Paul’s letters to the Romans. I believe this book is the great summary of the Gospel message. Paul lays out salvation, grace, and how to be a Christian in this book.
Paul starts out this letter making a strong point against salvation by works. We can’t be saved by works.
Romans 3:19–20 (NKJV) — 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
We discussed this back in the gospels. The law can help no one. We can’t be justified by doing good deeds or keeping rules. By the law we only become guilty. The law has one purpose…it is to show us that we are sinners and have fallen short. It convicts us and condemns us. We are all unrighteous and worthy of God’s wrath. Yet, there is one of those “But God” moments in scripture. But…
Romans 3:21–26 (NKJV) — 21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Amen! Each of us, no matter our background, lineage, skin color, or language is guilty. Yet, each of us through faith is freely justified by the grace of Jesus. His death is the payment. His death took our place.
Jesus has freely given us salvation. He has freely paid the price for our sin. By faith, you can walk freely in that promise.
In His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – Romans 4-7
- Day 2 – Romans 8-10
- Day 3 – Romans 11-13
- Day 4 – Romans 14-16
- Day 5 – 1 Corinthians 1-4
- Day 6 – 1 Corinthians 5-8
- Day 7 – 1 Corinthians 9-11