August 10, Reading 3 – Romans 3

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SAA Notes

These chapters contain many verses worth learning by heart. Find one and learn it. Paul is expounding his teaching that righteousness is by faith with a steady though intense and concentrated logic. He is worth following at a slow pace!

SJA Notes

“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,”

We are a motley crew, a ragged despicable legion from Adam till now and onwards until the last trumpet sounds.

You can see Paul building in the previous verses (10-18), where he pulls from many different passages in scripture (and how good a pattern this is, which we see Jesus do too, taking a solid foundation from the old testament while speaking/writing in the new).

The language Paul echoes, that of open grave throats and deceiving tongues, lips with venom and mouths of curses and bitterness. And more, further deep darkness of humanity rejecting God.

And he sums up both the desperate state we are in _and_ the fix. That mind-boggling way for us to be saved.

“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,”

More of Jesus, less of us. We cannot stake claim to anything in our salvation. Not one fragment, not a tiny whisper of import can we grab a hold of. We all fall short, we all have sinned.

BUT.

As Paul states at the end of that wonderful chapter in 1 Corinthians (15),

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Hallelujah, what a God we have!

* Gracious Lord,

Thank You. You have saved us! Given us the victory through Jesus, our Lord and King and Saviour.

Thank You that You have redeemed us, and justified us through Your grace.

Thank You for this gift, given to us who do not deserve it. You give us what we don’t deserve. And You do not give us what we do deserve.

Thank You Lord!

Amen.

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