Romans 3:27-31 / One God. . . One Faith (Sermon – Notes and Audio)

Posted on July 18, 2013


This is the seventeenth in a series of verse-by-verse expositions of the book of Romans. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the morning of July 14, 2013. This message deals with God as one God for all, and His singular plan of salvation. This contains an audio recording of my message, along with my sermon notes and a study outline. Please note that the sermon notes are not a full transcript.

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Rom 3_27-31


Rom 3_27-31 Outline


Romans 3:27-31

After making a definitive argument that justification is by faith not works, Paul concludes that no one should be boasting about their righteousness.

If righteousness comes only through faith, and not from works, then how can anyone boast?

Boasting is excluded by the law of faith, because according to the law of faith, righteousness does not come by works.

Doing good works, is simply not a basis for boasting.

Paul had been in their position of self righteousness, yet in Christ, he discovered that all of his accomplishments were meaningless.

Philippians 3:4-9

Paul had learned that even his work which he does in faith, leaves no reason to boast.

1 Corinthians 9:16

As a follower of Christ, it is simply something that he is expected to do.

Its not as if our christian service is doing some great favor for God, when you serve in faith, you are simply doing what God has appointed you to do.

Ephesians 2:10

Our service to Christ is certainly something we should love, but its nothing for us to take pride in.

The thing we need to remember, is that Christ has done the work of salvation, it is Christ who is righteous.

Salvation can never be of our own works or merit.

Ephesians 2:8-9

The doctrine of faith based salvation provides the foundation for what Paul says next.

Many of the Jews believed that they (Jews) had exclusive access to God.

They clung to the idea that they could find salvation through the law; therefore, the gentiles were out of luck.

Paul reminds them of what they so often espouse, that there is only one God.

Deuteronomy 6:4

If there is only one God, then He is the God of all.

If He is the God of all, then the same means of salvation would apply to all.

All people, regardless of who they are, come to God through faith in Christ. There is no other way.

Many Christians have become like the Jews in Jesus’ day.

Many believe that some people are simply not worthy of God’s salvation.

Such people tend to forget their pre-Christ life, and what He delivered them out of.

They tend to forget that there are none righteous.

They tend to forget that all have sinned.

They tend to forget that “God so loved the WORLD”

They tend to forget that ALL who call upon the name of The Lord will be saved.

They tend not to see people through God’s eyes.

Paul goes on to remind them that the law has not been voided by faith.

Instead, by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Romans 3:20

The law illuminates our sin, and shows us the need for faith.

It; therefore, brings us to Christ.

Galatians 3:24

Christ, in turn, is the fulfillment of the law.

The perfect Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the World.

John 1:29

Do you trust in yourself or Christ?

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