Term 2 – Week 04

Big Idea – All people (both Jew & Gentile) are guilty before God because of their sin.

Romans 3:9-20

Outcomes

Implications

Introduction 

What shall we conclude then? (v.9), demonstrates that the long argument Paul began at 1:18 is now drawing to a close, and he asks a question of comparison between Jews and Gentiles, Do we (Jews) have any advantage? Not at all! Yes, the Jews have been entrusted with the words of God (3:1-2), and that is an advantage, but in terms of guilt due to sin and standing under the judgment of God, there is no difference between Gentile and Jew. This is a charge that Paul has already made. There is nothing new in this conclusion.

Significantly, Paul’s conclusion consists largely of quotations from Scripture.

Paul applies this list of quotations to both Jew and Gentile.

Now we know that whatever the law (OT canon) says, it says to those who are under (literally ‘in’) the law, i.e. all people! So that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. All people are accountable to God for their sin!

Verse 20 gives Paul’s conclusion (Therefore) to the whole unit (1:18-3:20), that no one will be declared righteous before God by ‘works of the law’[1]; rather the law is how we become conscious of sin.


[1] ‘Works of the law’ is anything done in obedience to the law, particularly those good works that might be put forward as a basis to receive God’s acceptance.

Memory Verse

Romans 1:16-17

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed – a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.’

Songs

This is the Gospel (Colin Buchanan)YouTube

Leaders PDF

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