Justification by Faith (Daily Portion 10325)

Scripture Passage: 
Romans 3:19-31

Justification is the act by which God declares us just on the basis of the shed blood of Christ. We find access into justification by faith, not by the works of the law. In effect, justification imputes to us the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus while it imputes our sin to Christ to be paid for on the cross. This passage deals with these concepts and more concerning justification. Read and study it carefully.

What Does It Say?

  1. For all have __________, and come short of the ___________ of God.
  2. We are justified freely by God’s ________ through the ____________ that is in Christ Jesus.
  3. Paul concludes that a man is justified by _________ without the deeds of the ________.
  4. The one God shall justify the circumcision [the Jews] _______ faith and the uncircumcision [the Gentiles] _________ faith.
  5. Faith will not make void the law but will rather ___________ the law.

What Does It Mean?

  1. Paul introduces a special concept with the phrase, “the righteousness of God.” The righteousness of God is manifested without the law (v.21) and it is by faith (v.22). Read the following verses and give a definition of “the righteousness of God.” Romans 10:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:8-9.
  2. The word, propitiation, is found in scripture only three times: Romans 3:25; 1 John 2:2; 1 John 4:10. The word has the idea of “satisfaction” in it. Read these verses. Who is satisfying? What is being satisfied? Why is this an important doctrine?
  3. According to verse 26, God has at this time declared the righteousness of Christ so that He might be just and the justifier of those who believe in Jesus. How does the declaration of Christ’s righteousness (obviously through His death on the cross and resurrection) show God to be just? And, how does God use the righteousness of Christ to justify those who believe in Him. Remember that justification is a legal concept.

What Does It Mean to Me?

  1. Verses 19-20 give one of the great purposes of the law: to give the knowledge of sin and show the entire world to be guilty. How can this purpose be of benefit to the lost man? How can it benefit those who are saved?
  2. Verse 27 teaches us that the law of faith has excluded boasting. What is boasting? How do people tend to boast of spiritual blessings? Why is this wrong and how can it be avoided? A good verse for this study is 1 Corinthians 4:7.

Suggested Memory Verses

Romans 3:19-26

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 21:29

A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.