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 Daily Bible Study  April 18, 2002 

Scripture and Footnotes, and Summary:

Online Bible courtesy of Gospelcom.net 
See Romans 3 in the  New King James version,  the New International  Version and the New American Standard Bible

Beginning study on Romans

Chapter 3  (NIV)

Part b

God's Judgment Defended  -  Justification by Faith, Not by the Law

9   What shall we conclude then? Are we any better [2] ? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under
10   As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one;
11   there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.
12   All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one." [3] 
13   "Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit." [4] "The poison of vipers is on their lips." [5] 
14   "Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness." [6] 
15   "Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16   ruin and misery mark their ways,
17   and the way of peace they do not know." [7] 
18   "There is no fear of God before their eyes." [8]


The universality of sin seems shopworn for  some, but for Paul and many of his contemporaries, it was a new insight  We deserve God's wrath, there is no doubt about it!

In the second part, Paul proves our basic sinfulness.  He will indeed struggle with this concept later, as we will see that even saints have struggles requiring God to pour more of His grace upon us.

Summary of Today's Study:

We realize even more how much we are condemned as we look with open eyes at these verses.  Are not we full of cursing, deceitful when it serves our purposes.  Are we not prone to bitterness.  So we not wish to see our enemies put to death, those of other religions who recently caused so much death of people of our own kind.

Whether you are Christian, Moslem or Hindu, recent events have seen the deaths of many of your fellow-believers.  Do you think you are justified in wanting to see their deaths?  How much more would God be in wanting your complete destruction.  Have you thought about how completely sinful you are?  Paul is going to mix things pretty completely together, and he continues his message of hope interspersed with his words to show us our sin.

Note that on different days, the placement of the commentary on the page will vary.  Sometimes, I will use the left pane and sometimes the right pane.

How are you coming at writing out, or even memorizing scripture? This is the best way to study!

Romans Study: Questions, Commentary, and more:

Romans is a primer on the relationship of the Believer to The Lord Jesus Christ.

Today we are continuing with our study on Chapter 2 of Romans.

Keep in mind, as we study, that we want to address:

  • 1. How am I saved?
  • 2. Can I lose my salvation (that is, if I commit a sin, will I find I am no longer saved)?
  • 3. If I keep on sinning, will I be saved?
  • 4. Is there victory over sin? 
  • 5. If I neglect my relationship with the Lord Jesus, what happens to my salvation? 
  • 6. Once I am saved, do I have license to keep on sinning? 

The further issues are: 

  • 7. Once I am saved, how do I keep from sinning?
  • 8. Is it something I do, and thus it becomes an issue of pride? Or is it a work that God does in our lives? 
  • 9. Can we ever expect to overcome sin? If we do, how does it happen? How are we set free? 
  • 10. If a person backslides in his faith, and doesn't come back to vibrant Christian faith, is he saved if he is in that condition when he dies? 

This passage is shockingly direct.  Many of us argue, "That's not me;  I am not that bad."  But can you really say that?  This whole book of Romans is going to be a challenge to that thinking, in what is arguably the best of Christian writing of all times!

Scripture is quoted today from the New International Version.  We work with various versions, because we believe that being well studied in the scripture will enable us to rightly divide the word of truth. We encourage you to do likewise, because of the insights we have gotten. Familiarize yourself with one, and then go on to use others.  My commentary is copyrightRick Galbraith, April 18, 2002.  It is my "daily devotions," my own study of the Scriptures, and you are invited to share it with me.