Now Paul tells us how this saving righteousness does come. See the note on Luke 18:13. For all have sinned : - And consequently are equally helpless and guilty; and, as God is no respecter of persons, all human creatures being equally his offspring, and there being no reason why one should be preferred before another, therefore his endless mercy has embraced All. "Just in punishing," and "merciful in pardoning," men can understand; but "just in justifying the guilty," startles them. his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus--Glorious paradox! 29. "Commentary on Romans 3:4". - By redeeming us. The wretched state of man is awfully exhibited, from the 10th to the 18th verse; and the plan of salvation, in the 24th, 25th, and 26th verses. Pardon in the conscience and Christ in the heart save the soul. 2. Romans 3:23. by Grant | Apr 14, 2011 | Romans | 4 comments. On this common ground all saved sinners meet here, and will stand for ever ( Romans 3:22-24 ). From that, whence come all wars and fightings; the evil desires of men; the lust of dominion; the insatiable thirst for money; and the desire to be sole and independent. 1. He has indeed: God’s veracity (truth, faithfulness) is pledged to give him eternal life. How many myriads of souls hast thou hurried, unprepared, into the eternal world! The simple meaning seems to be this: that all have sinned, and none can enjoy God's glory but they that are holy; consequently both Jews and Gentiles have failed in their endeavors to attain it, as, by the works of any law, no human being can be justified. "Let God be true, and every man a liar" ( Romans 3:4 ); and as many advocates of salvation by grace as say, "Let us do evil that good may come," "their damnation is just" ( Romans 3:8 ). But that God should encourage such a spirit in sinners, by any procedure of His, is incredible. excluded. This turns the whole into a guarantee that the oracles are still intrusted to them. GOD'S JUSTIFYING RIGHTEOUSNESS THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST, ALIKE ADAPTED TO OUR NECESSITIES AND WORTHY OF HIMSELF. (4) This chapter, and particularly the latter part of it, "is the proper seat of the Pauline doctrine of Justification, and the grand proof-passage of the Protestant doctrine of the Imputation of Christ's righteousness and of Justification not on account of, but through faith alone" [PHILIPPI]. First of all, the Jews have been entrusted with the very words of God. Therefore, by the deeds of the law - On the score of obedience to this moral law, there shall no flesh, ου πασα σαρξ, no human being, be justified; none can be accepted in the sight of God. But now the righteousness of God - God's method of saving sinners is now shown, by the Gospel, to be through his own mere mercy, by Christ Jesus; without the law - without any right or claim which might result from obedience to the law; and is evidently that which was intended by God from the beginning; for it is witnessed by the law and the prophets - the rites and ceremonies of the one, and the preachings and predictions of the others, all bearing testimony to the great design of God, and to the absolute necessity there was for the sacrifice and salvation which God has provided. 3 What if some were unfaithful? If some,’ etc. The more wicked we are, the more his faithfulness to his ancient promise is to be admired. As the most ancient copies of the Septuagint do not contain these verses, some contend that the apostle has quoted them from different parts of Scripture; and later transcribers of the Septuagint, finding that the 10th, 11th, and 12th, verses were quoted from the xivth Psalm, imagined that the rest were found originally there too, and so incorporated them in their copies, from the apostle's text. - Rosenmuller. Nor can I see the weight of many of his observations, nor the force of his conclusions, on any other ground than this, that the passion and death of Christ were an atonement made to Divine justice in the behalf of man; and that it is through the merit of that great sacrifice that God forgives sin. The first is that God chose to give his messages to the Jewish people. THAT THE JEW IS SHUT UP UNDER LIKE CONDEMNATION WITH THE GENTILE IS PROVED BY HIS OWN SCRIPTURE. And why? By what law? The mercy-seat was the lid or cover of the ark of the covenant, where God was manifest in the symbol of his presence, between the cherubim; therefore the atonement that was made in this place was properly made to God himself. For, as an acknowledged straight edge is the only way in which the straightness or crookedness of a line can be determined, so the moral obliquity of human actions can only be determined by the law of God; that rule of right which proceeds from his own immaculate holiness. Nor can I see any reason why such great stress should be laid on faith, but as that lays hold on and takes up the sacrifice of Christ as a ransom price for the redemption of the soul from the thraldom and misery of sin and Satan. By whom does he give us salvation? God forbid: yea, we establish the law--It will be observed here, that, important as was this objection, and opening up as it did so noble a field for the illustration of the peculiar glory of the Gospel, the apostle does no more here than indignantly repel it, intending at a subsequent stage of his argument ( Romans 6:1-23 ) to resume and discuss it at length. ", 14. How is it applied? Of his justice, in requiring a sacrifice, and absolutely refusing to give salvation to a lost world in any other way; and of his mercy, in providing The sacrifice which his justice required. of none effect?--"nullify," "invalidate" it. Their, &c.--From generals, the apostle here comes to particulars, culling from different parts of Scripture passages which speak of depravity as it affects the different members of the body; as if to show more affectingly how "from the sole of the foot even to the head there is no soundness" in us. ", 15. 25, 26. Being justified freely by his grace - So far from being able to attain the glory of God by their obedience, they are all guilty: and, to be saved, must be freely pardoned by God's grace; which is shown to them who believe, through the redemption, απολυτρωσεως, the ransom price, which is in the sacrifice of Christ Jesus. . 16, 17. Both views are grammatical, but the usual one is preferable. How graphic is this picture of human depravity, finding its way through each several organ of the body into the life ( Romans 3:13-17 ):but how small a part of the "desperate wickedness" that is within ( Jeremiah 17:9 ) "proceedeth out of the heart of man!" There is not one article of what is charged against the Jews and Gentiles here that may not be found justified by the histories of both, in the most ample manner. Nay; but by the law of faith. But they exist in the Vulgate, the Ethiopic, and the Arabic. Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? It is impossible now to get to heaven in the way of spotless innocency. 26. Who, among men or angels, can estimate the greatness of this calamity! - After all, have not we Jews a better claim to the privileges of the kingdom of God than the Gentiles have? Therefore by the deeds of--obedience to the law there shall no flesh be justified--that is, be held and treated as righteous; as is plain from the whole scope and strain of the argument. Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. We ne… It isn’t until verse 16 that he finally gets to his main point. Inference first: Boasting is excluded by this, and no other way of justification. Updated: Mon, 04/20/2020 - 13:08 By admin. b. - But to resume my reasoning ( Romans 3:5;): If the faithfulness of God in keeping his promise made to our fathers is, through our unfaithfulness, made far more glorious than it otherwise would have been, why should we then be blamed for that which must redound so much to the honor of God? But now the righteousness of without the law--that is, a righteousness to which our obedience to the law contributes nothing whatever ( Romans 3:28, Galatians 2:16). Is he the God of the Jews only? 23. for all have sinned--Though men differ greatly in the nature and extent of their sinfulness, there is absolutely no difference between the best and the worst of men, in the fact that "all have sinned," and so underlie the wrath of God. God forbid--literally, "Let it not be," that is, "Away with such a thought"--a favorite expression of our apostle, when he would not only repudiate a supposed consequence of his doctrine, but express his abhorrence of it. 3 But you may say, ‘Some Jews did not believe God's messages as they should have done. The law of works grants no pardon, it requires obedience, and threatens the disobedient with death. These statements of the Psalmist were indeed suggested by particular manifestations of human depravity occurring under his own eye; but as this only showed what man, when unrestrained, is in his present condition, they were quite pertinent to the apostle's purpose. Yes, of the Gentiles also, as much as of the Jews; for all have equally sinned and there is no reason, if God be disposed to show mercy at all, that he should prefer the one to the other; since they are all equally guilty, sinful, and necessitous. Whose mouth, &c.--( Psalms 10:7 ): that is, "That mouth which should be 'most sweet' ( Solomon 5:16 ), being 'set on fire of hell' ( James 3:6 ), is filled with burning wrath against those whom it should only bless. And not rather, etc. All rights reserved. of - And why do you not say, seeing you assume this ground, that in all cases we should do wickedly, because God, by freely pardoning, can so glorify his own grace? Nothing accruing to us from our circumcision and being in covenant with God. This therefore stamps falsehood upon every form of "justification by works," whereas the doctrine that. On this brief section, Note (1) Mark the place here assigned to the Scriptures. - By his Grace. Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation--or "propitiatory sacrifice." Jew. The following points in this catechism are worthy of high consideration - viz. Their throat is an open sepulchre - By their malicious and wicked words they bury, as it were, the reputation of all men. (NASB: Lockman) Greek: ei de e adikia hemon theou dikaiosunen sunisthesin (3SPAI) ti … Therefore we conclude, &c.--It is the unavoidable tendency of dependence upon our own works, less or more, for acceptance with God, to beget a spirit of "boasting." He had not yet visited Rome. But now that God can "set forth" Christ as a "propitiation for sin through faith in His blood," the righteousness of His procedure in passing by the sins of believers before, and in now remitting them, is "manifested," declared, brought fully out to the view of the whole world. They are all gone out of the way - παντες εξεκλιναν, they have all diverged from the right way, they have either abandoned or corrupted the worship of God: the Jews, in forsaking the law and the prophets, and the Gentiles, in acting contrary to the law which God had written on their hearts. There is none righteous - This is true, not only of the Jews, but of the Gentiles; of every soul of man, considered in his natural and practical state, previously to his receiving the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. "He has shown that the Jews were more wicked than the Gentiles; that their possession of the law, circumcision, and outward profession of relation to God, were no ground of acceptance with him. Romans 3 Commentary - It is owing to the free grace of God, through faith in the righteousness of Christ, yet the law is not done away. formidandi. And the departure of both from the truth proves the evil propensity of human nature in general. God’s Faithfulness. (I am speaking in human terms.) It should be used to humble the proud, bring them to the knowledge of their sin, allow them to see the sinfulness of all mankind, the wrath that abides on all who disbelieve, that no amount of doing good will ever justify a person, that the law … Jew. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. God forbid - μη γενοιτο, by no means. No, in no wise--Better off the Jews certainly were, for having the oracles of God to teach them better; but as they were no better, that only aggravated their guilt. In this dialogue the apostle undoubtedly refers to the rejection of the Jews, which he considers at large in the ninth, tenth, and eleventh chapters. the poison of asps is under their lips--( Psalms 140:3 ): that is, "Those lips which should 'drop as an honeycomb,' and 'feed many,' and 'give thanks unto His name' ( Solomon 4:11 , Proverbs 10:21 , Hebrews 13:15 ), are employed to secrete and to dart deadly poison. Proud member With very little variation, these are the evils in which the vast mass of mankind delight and live. A. Romans 3:21-31. guilty--and so condemned before God. Romans 3 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is filled with great exegesis and written by the best British Bible scholars of the time. “You say the Jew has advantage. The first two words of verse 21 are "But now," which signals a dramatic pivot in the flow of this letter. And, when all are in the same circumstances, it is perfectly absurd for any to pretend to engross it to themselves, exclusively of others, who are only as bad as they. "The sum and force of the apostle's argument is this: All sorts of men, Jews as well as Gentiles, have sinned; therefore, none of them can lay claim to the blessings of his kingdom on the ground of obedience. Note, How broad and deep does the apostle in this section lay the foundations of his great doctrine of Justification by free grace--in the disorder of man's whole nature, the consequent universality of human guilt, the condemnation, by reason of the breach of divine law, of the whole world, and the impossibility of justification before God by obedience to that violated law! 9. are we better than they?--"do we excel them?" 3. (21-31)1-8 The law could not save in or from sins, yet it gave the Jews advantages for obtaining salvation. . ( 7:21-23 , Psalms 19:12 ). Jew. This is what is termed the corruption of human nature; they are infected and infectious. Yea, let God be true, but every man a liar, etc. The corrupt state of all mankind, Romans 3:10-18. - To all who repent, turn from their sin, and believe on the Lord Jesus. - His Blood. What then, may some say, is the advantage of the Jew, or of the circumcision - That is, those that are circumcised, above the gentiles? The apostle was sensible that the Jew would understand what he said in this sense; and that it must be very irritating to him to hear that his law, circumcision, and all his external advantages, were utterly insufficient to procure him the favor of God. Romans 3 is the third chapter of the Epistle to the Romans in the New Testament of the Christian Bible.It was composed by Paul the Apostle, while he was in Corinth in the mid 50s AD, with the help of an amanuensis (secretary), Tertius, who added his own greeting in Romans 16:22.. EXEGESIS: ROMANS 1-3. But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God -, Destruction and misery are in their ways -, And the way of peace have they not known -, There is no fear of God before their eyes -, μισθος, η τα παρεχομενα υπερ ελευθεριας, επι τω λυτρωσασθαι βαρβαρων δουλειας, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. By law here we may understand the whole of the Mosaic law, in its rites and ceremonies; of which Jesus Christ was the subject and the end. Schleusner, under the word απολυτρωσις, says, Negari quidem non potest, hanc vocem proprie notare redemptionem ejus, qui captivus detinetur, sive bello, sive alio captus sit modo, quae fit per pretti solutionem; quo sensu verbum απολυτροω legitur haud raro in Scripp. 3. Romans 3:5-9 Commentary. As it is written, &c.--( Psalms 14:1-3 , 53:1-3 ). To declare his righteousness - εις ενδειξις, for the manifestation of his righteousness; his mercy in saving sinners, by sending Jesus Christ to make an atonement for them; thereby declaring his readiness to remit all past transgressions committed both by Jews and Gentiles, during the time in which his merciful forbearance was exercised towards the world; and this applies to all who hear the Gospel now: to them is freely offered remission of all past sins. The corrupt state of all mankind, Romans 3:10-18. Thus this justifying righteousness, though new, as only now fully disclosed, is an old righteousness, predicted and foreshadowed in the Old Testament. And therefore we may safely conclude there was none to be found. by the law and the prophets--the Old Testament Scriptures. This is a most impious sentiment, but it follows from your reasoning; it has, indeed, been most injuriously laid to the charge of us apostles, who preach the doctrine of free pardon, through faith, without the merit of works; but this is so manifest a perversion of the truth that a just punishment may be expected to fall on the propagators of such a slander. Romans 3:3. PREVIOUS NEXT. the circumcision by--"of" faith, and the uncircumcision through faith--probably this is but a varied statement of the same truth for greater emphasis (see Romans 3:22 ); though BENGEL thinks that the justification of the Jews, as the born heirs of the promise, may be here purposely said to be "of faith," while that of the Gentiles, previously "strangers to the covenants of promise," may be said to be "through faith," as thus admitted into a new family. This is the sin that ruined our first parents, expelled them from paradise, and which has descended to all their posterity; and proves fully, incontestably proves, that we are their legitimate offspring; the fallen progeny of fallen parents; children in whose ways are destruction and misery; in whose heart there is no faith; and before whose eyes there is nothing of the fear of God. Apostle. For can we think that the unfaithfulness of some Jews to God annuls His faithfulness to the race? 27, 28. Jew. Romans 3. 5, 6. (1-8) All mankind are sinners. If there be no righteousness within, there will be no acts of goodness without. He had already proved the guilt both of Gentiles and Jews. - Because it is pleasing to him. [1965–73], 2:211). But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God - May we not suppose that our unrighteousness may serve to commend and illustrate the mercy of God in keeping and fulfilling to us the promise which he made to our forefathers? INFERENCES FROM THE FOREGOING DOCTRINES AND AN OBJECTION ANSWERED. throat is an open sepulchre--( Psalms 5:9 ); that is, "What proceeds out of their heart, and finds vent in speech and action through the throat, is like the pestilential breath of an open grave." Commentary on Romans 3:27-31 (Read Romans 3:27-31) God will have the great work of the justification and salvation of sinners carried on from first to last, so as to shut out boasting. For what if; as is the case, thus introducing the fact as an objection to be answered. through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus--a most important clause; teaching us that though justification is quite gratuitous, it is not a mere fiat of the divine will, but based on a "Redemption," that is, "the payment of a Ransom," in Christ's death. Is he the God of the Jews only? The rule of obedience, which God gave to us, and by which obedience we are accepted by him? Christians used to gather in their home (Romans 16:3-5). He judges people with perfect justice (vs. 3-8). In thus not imputing them, God was righteous, but He was not seen to be so; there was no "manifestation of His righteousness" in doing so under the. 21-23. for there is no difference. 6. (The Apostle.) "The Scriptures do not authorize such a use of God's name as must have been common among the English translators of the Bible" [HODGE]. Or what profit is there of circumcision? - By Faith. To declare . What does his grace work in us? when thou art judged--so in Psalms 51:4 , according to the Septuagint; but in the Hebrew and in our version, "when thou judgest." - As if he had said: You lately allowed, ( Romans 2:25;), that circumcision verily profited; but if circumcision, or our being in covenant with God, raises us no higher in the Divine favor than the Gentiles; if the virtuous among them are as acceptable as any of us; nay, and condemn our nation too, as no longer deserving the Divine regards; pray tell me, wherein lies the superior honor of the Jew; and what benefit can arise to him from his circumcision, and being vested in the privileges of God's peculiar people? Read Introduction to Romans . Thus the law is properly considered as the rule of right; and, unless God had given some such means of discovering what Sin is, the darkened heart of man could never have formed an adequate conception of it. Comprehendit haec Christi απολυτρωσις, quicquid is docuit, fecit et passus est, eo consilio, ut homines malis liberati, praecipue peccato, malorum fonte immunes, veram felicitatem adipiscerentur. He gives us His grace (21-24). The word “for” explains the “no difference” of verse 22. all [panoramic or global view of man] have sinned [at a point in the past—aorist indicative] This is the reason men cannot stand before God on their own merit. Paul reserves strong language for those who follow this train of reasoning. And what was true of them in those primitive times is true of them still. Romans 3 begins with a question-and-answer session, as if between Paul and an imagined opponent. 24. justified freely--without anything done on our part to deserve. The best need to be saved by faith in Jesus Christ; and the worst only need that. Come short of being glorified by God. Either the term law must here mean the Jewish writings in general, or that rule of moral conduct which God had given to both Jews and Gentiles: to the former in their own Scriptures; to the latter in that law written in their hearts by his own Spirit, and acknowledged in their written codes, and in their pleadings in every civil case. We are not here to compare Romans 2:7 or Romans 2:15 (Reiche, de Wette). &c.--The way of salvation must be one equally suited to the whole family of fallen man: but the doctrine of justification by faith is the only one that lays the basis of a Universal Religion; this therefore is another mark of its truth. Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament. No man certainly can deny that this word properly means the redemption of a captive, (whether he may have been taken in war or in any other way), which is procured by the payment of a price. 21-23. - True holiness. - It pardons sin and purifies the heart. Apostle. There is none that doeth good - In Romans 3:10; it is said, There is none righteous; here, There is none that doeth good: the first may refer to the want of a righteous principle; the second, to the necessary consequence of the absence of such a principle. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". Later they probably returned to Rome, after they worked in Corinth and Ephesus. CONTEXTUAL INSIGHTS TO ROMANS 3:21-31. Though the Epistle to the Romans has played an important role in Christian history, it has also unfortunately been “the source of more doctrinal misunderstanding, misinterpretation, and mischief than any other Biblical book,” according to Elder Bruce R. McConkie (1915–85) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. • Verses 16-17 constitute a thesis statement—the epistle in a nutshell. THE CONTEXT. There is no fear of God before their eyes - This completes their bad character; they are downright atheists, at least practically such. What advantage then hath the Jew?--that is, "If the final judgment will turn solely on the state of the heart, and this may be as good in the Gentile without, as in the Jew within, the sacred enclosure of God's covenant, what better are we Jews for all our advantages?". That the word also means any deliverance, even where no price is paid down, nobody will dispute; but that it means redemption by a price laid down, and the redemption of the soul by the price of the death of Christ, the above scriptures sufficiently prove. Note, (1) It is a fundamental requisite of all true religion that it tend to humble the sinner and exalt God; and every system which breeds self-righteousness, or cherishes boasting, bears falsehood on its face ( Romans 3:27 Romans 3:28 ). 1 So someone may ask, ‘Does it help a person if they are a Jew, rather than a Gentile?Does it help a person if someone has circumcised them?’ 2 Yes, it helps in many ways. Next, Paul quotes from a series of Old Testament passages. through faith in his blood--Some of the best interpreters, observing that "faith upon" is the usual phrase in Greek, not "faith in" Christ, would place a "comma" after "faith," and understand the words as if written thus: "to be a propitiation, in His blood, through faith." There is no righteous principle in them, and, consequently, no righteous act can be expected from them; see on Romans 3:12; (note). 4. We are not to think for one minute that even though our sin demonstrates the infinite righteousness of our perfect God that we are therefore excused in some way from judgment or have thus been given license to sin. A chapter by chapter and verse by verse study of Romans taught by Pastor Paul LeBoutillier of Calvary Chapel Ontario, Oregon. A pious writer calls these the Catechism of Christian Righteousness. But amidst all the clouds and darkness which in this present state envelop the divine administration and many of the truths of the Bible, such broad and deep principles as are here laid down, and which shine in their own luster, will be found the sheet-anchor of our faith. Who has given this victim of reconciliation? 13-18. with their tongues they have used deceit--( Psalms 5:9 ); that is, "That tongue which is man's glory ( Psalms 16:9 , 57:8 ) is prostituted to the purposes of deception." This opponent asks what advantage there is to being a Jew, if the law can't keep individual Jewish people from facing God's judgment for their sin. This is the heart of the gospel, and the ground of assurance. Why did not God make known this grand method of salvation sooner? Their throat is an open sepulchre - This and all the following verses to the end of the 18th are found in the Septuagint, but not in the Hebrew text; and it is most evident that it was from this version that the apostle quoted, as the verses cannot be found in any other place with so near an approximation to the apostle's meaning and words. by the law of works? of sins--"the sins." 2 Much in every way! After the dialogue is finished, he resumes his argument, and proves, by their own Scriptures, that the Jews were guilty as well as other men; and that no part of mankind could have any right to the blessings of God's kingdom by any works which they had performed, but merely through the propitiatory sacrifice offered by Christ; and that this, far from destroying the law, was just the thing that the law required, and by which its claims were established. Their feet are swift to shed blood - They make use of every means in their power to destroy the reputation and lives of the innocent. Inference second: This and no other way of salvation is adapted alike to Jew and Gentile. is manifested, being witnessed--attested. - It reconciles us to God. We may understand, also, the moral law, that which relates to the regulation of the manners or conduct of men. - They never speak but in profane oaths, blasphemies, and malice. Do we then make void the law through faith?--"Does this doctrine of justification by faith, then, dissolve the obligation of the law? . 28. The God Who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He? 7, 8. But now the righteousness of without the law--that is, a righteousness to which our obedience to the law contributes nothing whatever ( Romans 3:28 , Galatians 2:16 ). (2) The fitness of the Gospel to be a universal religion, beneath which the guilty of every name and degree are invited and warranted to take shelter and repose, is a glorious evidence of its truth ( Romans 3:29 Romans 3:30 ). How has Christ obtained this for us? All mankind are sinners. 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