Law or Faith.
Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since God is one. He will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
As Paul addresses the entire Roman local church in his letter, he speaks specifically to the Jewish Christians who are boasting they are superior because they have the Law and keep the externals of the Law by observing certain days as special and by eating certain foods (see Romans 14).
As a Jewish Christian himself, Paul writes, "Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded by the law of faith."
Paul emphasizes that God is the God of all people, Jew and Gentile and justifies both groups of people by faith since all people have broken the Law and cannot save themselves. Justify means to make righteous, to pardon a person from the penalty of sin which is death (Romans 6:23; Revelation 21:8). A person is justified immediately upon believing the gospel.
Paul asks a question to address the Jewish Christians belief that it is necessary to keep the special days and eat the certain foods prescribed by the Law, "Do we then overthrow the Law by this faith?" The answer is, "By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the Law."
Paul reveals in Romans that the Law reveals sin, but is powerless to make a person righteous (Romans 3:20; 7:7, 13; 8:1-4). The Law is true and good. When a person compares his life to the Law, sin is revealed. Belief in Jesus' death on the cross, resurrection from the dead and that He is Lord over all is necessary to be pardoned from sin's penalty, to be made righteous.
Do you believe this?
If you do, then your boasting will be Jesus Christ who saved you from your sin and not in yourself and what you do.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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