Romans Lesson 4 Day 3
My answers to BSF study questions
Paul continues his “argument with an imaginary objector.” William Barclay
6. Paul writes, “I speak in a [purely] human way.” Romans 3:5 Voice
“But,” some might say, “our sinfulness serves a good purpose, for it helps people see how righteous God is. Isn’t it unfair, then, for him to punish us?” Romans 3:5 NLT
. . . when you consider how unfaithful we have been to God, it makes God’s mercy and faithfulness appear even greater. Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.
It’s incorrect logic to say this means sin helps God in some way. Some twisted Paul’s teaching the truth to justify sin.
Because Paul’s teaching centered on grace and faith, he said “some people even slander us by claiming that we say, “The more we sin, the better it is!” Romans 3:8 NLT
This reminds me of Isaiah’s words when He saw God seated on His throne and the seraphim around Him—
Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts! Isaiah 6:5 AMP
The religious Jews believed they were justified because they kept the feasts and obeyed the ceremonial rules. Jesus said to them,
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. Matthew 23:27 NIV
The Jews disobeyed God’s commandments.
Paul understood that God would judge the world, both Jew and Gentile. Many of the Jews of Paul’s day figured that God would condemn the Gentile for his sin, but save the Jew despite his sin. Guzik
7. The same argument about grace and faith continues to resurface today.
The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector is still relevant today. We still have those who are “confident of their own righteousness and look down on everyone else.” Luke 18:9 NIV
The correct posture is one of humility like the tax collector who prayed, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ Luke 18:13 NIV
Spending time in true, intimate fellowship with God—coming to Him in a child-like posture is the doorway to the Kingdom of heaven.
I’m thankful for the blood of Jesus, for His love and for His mercy that allows me to enter even though I’m still ashamed of some of my attitudes. I want my heart to stay tender toward Him so I clearly hear His voice and feel His presence.
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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 4 Day 3 ~ Romans 3:5-8