Romans 3:28 - Getting Right With God.

Romans 3:28 - Getting Right With God.

Romans 3:28 (NKJV) Therefore we conclude that a man is justified 
by faith apart from the deeds of the law.  

Romans 3:28 (TNIV)  For we conclude that a person is put right 
with God only through faith, and not by doing what the Law commands. 

Romans 3:28 (NLT) So we are made right with God through faith 
and not by obeying the law.  

CONTEXT: How We Are Put Right with God i.e. Righteousness 
Through Faith:: Romans 3:21-31. 

3:21-4:25 Paul returns to the central theme of the righteousness 
of God that is revealed in Christ and is available to anyone who 
believes. The fundamental statement of this theology is in 3:21-26; Paul 
elaborates on it in 3:27-31, and illustrates it with the experience of 
Abraham in ch 4. [NLT SB]  

  Paul, the attorney, summarizes his case.
  All are condemned (1-19). Both Jews and Gentiles (religious 
and irreligious) are guilty before God, and one is no better than 
the other (v.9). Paul quotes from Psalms and Isaiah to show that, 
from head to foot, we are all lost sinners. Do you want to argue 
about this? Then your mouth has not been stopped! God cannot save you 
until you say, "Guilty!" and shut your mouth. 
  We cannot save ourselves (20). The law is a mirror that 
reveals our sin; only the blood of Christ can wash away our sin. It is 
good to do good works, but good works are not good enough to save us 
(Eph. 2:8-9). 
  God's salvation Is lawful (21-31). But how can a holy God 
forgive guilty people? Is that lawful? If our judges did that, society 
would fall apart. But God the Law Giver and Judge obeyed His own law, 
died for us, and paid the penalty for our sins. The Judge is now the 
  Have you shut your mouth, trusted Jesus Christ, and heard God 
say, "Not guilty"? [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren 
Wiersbe re Romans 3] 


  After all this bad news about our sinfulness and God's 
condemnation, Paul gives the wonderful news. There is a way to be declared not 
guilty--by trusting Jesus Christ to take away our sins. Trusting means 
putting our confidence in Christ to forgive our sins, to make us right 
with God, and to empower us to live the way he taught us. God's 
solution is available to all of us regardless of our background or past 
  Most religions require specific duties that must be performed 
to make a person acceptable to a god. Christianity is unique in 
that no good deed that we do will make us right with God. No amount 
of human achievement or personal goodness will close the gap 
between God's moral perfection and our imperfect daily performance. Good 
deeds are important, but they will not earn us eternal life. We are 
saved only by trusting in what God has done for us (see Ephesians 
  Why does God save us by faith alone? (1) Faith eliminates the 
pride of human effort, because faith is not a deed that we do. (2) 
Faith exalts what God has done, not what we do. (3) Faith admits that 
we can't keep the law or measure up to God's standards--we need 
help. (4) Faith is based on our relationship with God, not our 
performance for God. [Life Application SB re vss 21-29] 

  Justified by faith. That justification is by faith clearly 
implies that justification is no mere impersonal adjustment of a man's 
legal status in the sight of God. Faith in Christ involves a personal 
relationship with the Redeemer. It implies an attitude of love and gratitude 
toward the Saviour in response to His love for us sinners. It is based 
on profound admiration of Jesus for all that He is, with a sincere 
desire to know Him better and become like Him. It means a trust and 
confidence in Christ that is so entirely without reservation that we are 
willing to take Him fully at His word and follow His directions wherever 
He may lead. 
  Without such faith there can be no justification. God is not 
concerned merely with forgiving past sins. He is primarily concerned with 
man's restoration, and restoration can be experienced only by means of 
such faith in Jesus Christ. Therefore, justification cannot be 
separated from the transforming experiences of conversion, rebirth, and 
subsequent growth in sanctification. Only the faith that gladly accepts and 
willingly enters into every phase of God's program for our restoration can 
rightfully claim the imputed righteousness of Christ in justification (see 
on v. 22; chs. 4:25; 5:1). [SDA Bible Commentary] 

  Without the deeds of the law. Literally, "without works of 
law."... The basis of every false religious system has been the mistaken 
idea that justification could be obtained by obedience to law. But 
works of law cannot atone for past sins. Justification cannot be 
earned. It can only be received by faith in the atoning sacrifice of 
Christ. Therefore, in this sense, works of law have nothing to do with 
justification. To be justified without there being anything in ourselves to 
merit justification. 
  This, of course, may not be construed to mean that the man who 
has been justified is thereby freed from obeying the law or from 
performing good works. The faith by which he has been justified will reveal 
itself in obedience. Paul repeatedly emphasizes the place of good works 
in the life of the Christian (1 Tim. 5:10; 6:18; 2 Tim. 3:17; Titus 
2:7, 14; 3:8; etc.). But he makes it equally clear that these good 
works do not earn justification (see Rom. 4:2, 6; 9:32; 11:6; Gal. 
2:16; 3:2, 5, 10; Eph. 2:9; 2 Tim. 1:9). [SDA Bible Commentary] 

  In early American colonies founded by religious groups, the 
vote was often reserved for believers. But as new generations came 
along, all too often grandsons and granddaughters were not converted. 
How could a way be found for these folks to vote--and thus keep the 
wealth and power in the hands of established families?  
  The answer was the "halfway covenant." God, the theologians 
proposed, was committed to save the children of believers someday. So they 
were halfway in the church anyway. So if your parents were Christians 
in good standing, you could vote, even if you didn't believe in 
Jesus yourself.  
  People always seem to be looking for a "halfway" religion. The 
Jews of Paul's time possessed the Law and circumcision. They were 
God's covenant people, His chosen nation. Wasn't that good enough? In 
this passage Paul said no. Not only isn't it good enough; it doesn't 
mean a thing (2:25-29). Jews had the advantage of circumcision and 
knowing the words of God. But that didn't save them.  
  Folks today too look for a halfway kind of Christianity. My 
parents were good Christians. Doesn't that count? I've belonged to my 
church, the "true church," since I was a child. Doesn't that count? I 
tithe. How about counting that?  
  Well, having Christian parents and being in church all our 
lives is certainly an advantage. But it doesn't take us even halfway 
to salvation.  
  Paul tells us why. Jews and Gentiles alike are all in the grip 
of sin (3:9). As the Scripture says, "There is no one righteous, 
not even one" (v. 10). The only thing that counts, the only thing 
that can save us, is breaking the grip of sin. And neither Mom and 
Dad, our racial heritage, or our church membership can do that.  
  How glad we can be that Jesus Christ takes us all the way, not 
just halfway, to God. By Jesus' death and resurrection, and through 
faith in Him, we become Chrstians indeed.  
  All the way Christians. 
  The only way. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary re 2:25-3:20]


God Can Never Be A Grandfather
  God will never have any grandchildren. In other words, you are 
not a member of God's family simply because your parents were. Your 
father may have been a respected minister and your mother a devout 
Christian, but your relationship to God must be firsthand and personal. 
Unfortunately many factors obscure the necessity for that personal decision. 
Somehow we have come to identify Christianity with our culture and 
assume that anyone born in "Christian" country is a Christian 
automatically. Or we take down a dusty family Bible and trace a rich religious 
heritage-Baptist, Catholic, Presbyterian, or whatever-and assume our Christianity 
by virtue of a family tree. But God has no grandchildren. 
Christianity cannot be inherited. To be a member of God's family, you 
personally must become a child of God: All who receive Christ and believe 
in his name (trust him to save them) he gives the right to become 
children of God (from John 1:12). The Bible emphasizes that to become a 
member of God's family (a Christian), you must personally trust Jesus 
Christ as your Savior. "For now we are all children of God through 
faith in Jesus Christ" (Galatians 3:26). Nothing erases the necessity 
of that personal decision, for the Bible passes judgment on all of 
us-whatever our parentage, culture, or religious background. "Every one has 
turned away; all have gone wrong. No one anywhere has kept on doing 
what is right; not one" (Romans 3:12). "All have sinned; all fall 
short of God's glorious ideal" (Romans 3:23). If you want to become a 
member of God's family, you must personally be born into it: All those 
who accept Christ as their Savior are reborn-not a physical rebirth 
resulting from human passion or plan-but from the will of God (from John 
1:13). A decisive step is necessary-admit your need of forgiveness and 
then trust Jesus Christ who died for your sins. Only then are you a 
child of God. He forgives your sins, actually declares you "not 
guilty" of offending him (Romans 3:24), and welcomes you into the 
family. We want to welcome you too! Today. [Have a Good Day; Sept.98]