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Bible Study on Romans: Justification By Faith, Pt. 4: Romans 3:27-31

Summary: Paul is addressing a key question in the paragraph of 3:21-31. How can a righteous and holy God forgive sinners, and yet maintain His justice? The satisfaction of God’s righteousness is met through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus, as judgment in our place to pay the penalty for our sins. Because Christ is both “the just” as well as “the justifier,” there is no room for any boasting on our part.

1. A. Review the monetary and the legal terms regarding justification by faith in verses 24-26. What are they?

B. Compare the role that God takes in these verses to the role of man. How are they different? (See also Ephesians 2:1-10).

C. What is our proper place, and what should be our response? (Jn. 3:30, Ps.111:1-10, Jn. 1:12)

2. A. What kind of attitude does Paul address in 3:27?

B. Is this a sin, and if so why? (I Cor. 1:26-29, Mark 7:21-23, I Cor. 4:7, Jer. 49:16, James 4:13-16, Isa. 2:11).

C. How should we handle pride and self reliance when it creeps up in our hearts? (I Jn 1:9, Judges 7:2-7, Dan. 4:37, James 4:6-10).

3. A. In Romans 3:28-30 Paul asserts that the Lord is God both of the Jews and of the Gentiles, based upon what attribute of God? (Deut. 6:1)

B. Is the God of the New Testament different than the one of the Old Testament? Why or why not? (Num. 23:19, Isa. 6:1-3, Rev.


C. How do we benefit from the fact that God is unchangeable? (Prov. 3:5-6)

4. A. How does boasting relate to the Jews? (v 29)?

B. Why would the Jews feel they had anything to boast about, compared to the Gentiles?

C. If boasting exposes a prideful attitude, what must God think it? (see also Prov. 16:18).

5. A. What do we as believers “establish” according to Paul in Rom. 3:31?

B. If justification by faith is “apart from the Law,” then explain what it means to establish the Law. (Rom. 3:26; 10:4; Col. 1:27-28)

C. How can we carry out our obedience to God without being dependent on the Law? (John 10:27, 14:15)

For a discussion on this Bible Study go to the discussion forum: Active Bible Study or leave a comment.


January 31, 2010 - Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Book of Romans, Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Romans, Theology

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