Romans – But Now

Pastor Ida Mundell

May 21, 2023

Romans 3:9  //  Well then, are we [Jews] better off than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks (Gentiles) are under the control of sin and subject to its power.

Romans 3:19  //  Now we know that whatever the Law [of Moses] says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that [the excuses of] every mouth may be silenced [from protesting] and that all the world may be held accountable to God [and subject to His judgment].

Romans 3:20-26  //  For no person will be justified [freed of guilt and declared righteous] in His sight by [trying to do] the works of the Law. For through the Law we become conscious of sin [and the recognition of sin directs us toward repentance, but provides no remedy for sin].


But now the righteousness of God has been clearly revealed [independently and completely] apart from the Law, though it is [actually] confirmed by the Law and the [words and writings of the] Prophets. This righteousness of God comes THROUGH FAITH in Jesus Christ for all those [Jew or Gentile] who believe [and trust in Him and acknowledge Him as God’s Son]. There is no distinction, since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God, and are being justified [declared free of the guilt of sin, made acceptable to God, and granted eternal life] as a gift by His [precious, undeserved] grace, through the redemption [the payment for our sin] which is [provided] in Christ Jesus, whom God displayed publicly [before the eyes of the world] as a [life-giving] sacrifice of atonement and reconciliation (propitiation) by His blood [to be received] through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness [which demands punishment for sin], because in His forbearance [His deliberate restraint] He passed over the sins previously committed [before Jesus’ crucifixion]. It was to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the One who justifies those who have FAITH in Jesus [and rely confidently on Him as Savior].

  • Only those who know what it is to be lost can fully appreciate what it means to be found

Romans 3:23  //  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Romans 1:25  //. …they traded the truth of God for a lie

  • Justification: the action of declaring or making righteous in the sight of God.

Romans 3:24  //  …and are being justified [declared free of the guilt of sin, made acceptable to God, and granted eternal life] as a gift by His [precious, undeserved] grace, through the redemption [the payment for our sin] which is [provided] in Christ Jesus.

  • Justification = Acquittal AND Acceptance
  • Acquittal means we’re not guilty Acceptance means we are accepted
  • Acquittal means we’ve been saved from hell Acceptance means we’ve been made a child of God
  • When God looks at you he sees the righteousness of His son.
  • Redemption-deliverance or release by the payment of a price

Romans 3:24b  //  …justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus

  • Our ransom has been paid by the precious blood of Jesus

Mark 10:45  //  For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many

  • Propitiation-averting the wrath of God by the offering of a gift

Hebrews 2:17  //  Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people

1 John 2:2  //  He [Jesus Christ] is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world

1 John 4:10  //  In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins

  • NOW WHAT? How does this glorious reality become ours today?
  • Not by works, but by FAITH

Romans 3:22  //  This righteousness is given THROUGH FAITH in Jesus Christ to all who believe

Romans 3:25  //   The blessings of propitiation are to be received BY FAITH

Romans 3:26  //  God is shown to be just and the justifier of the one who has FAITH in Jesus

Romans 3:28  //  For we hold that one is justified BY FAITH apart from works of the law

Ephesians 2:8-9  //  For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] THROUGH FAITH. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; 9 not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation].