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Summary: Chapter 3 continues with Paul identifying that we ALL are going to be accountable to God, and the Law was given to us to point out how far we have fallen and have been corrupted by sin.

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Romans, Part 8

Romans 3:9-20

Introduction

- Paul begins Chapter 3 by answering questions for those reading his letter

- His clarification of advantages in people is important for us to examine

- Mainly because we have to learn from it and adapt it to our lives

- The humbleness that Christ showed needs to be our MAIN theme

-- Where religion gets in the way of relationship; where ceremony invades worship

-- It is what we must be on guard against, and ensure we are following Christ

- Stand and read Romans 3:9-20 / Pray

Point 1 – Is there an advantage? (9-18)

- Paul finishes his thought from v1-8 asking the question, “Are we any better?”

- That is, because we (he and the readers) are Jewish are they any better with God?

- The answer is, yes and no – really depending on how you view it

- First, they are better because they have heard the Word and have been entrusted

- But, they are NO better because they too stand in the same judgment from God

- Just because they have heard it, doesn’t mean that they are now “good to go”

- This same principle must translate to the believers of today as well

-- APP: This is where religion gets in the way and we have to push it out of sight

- Paul spends lots of time quoting Old Testament here; we’d be wise to take note

- Romans 3:10-12 = Psalm 14:1-3; Ecclesiastes 7:20

- Romans 3:13 = Psalm 5:9, Psalm 140:3

- Romans 3:14 = Psalm 10:7

- Romans 3:15-17 = Isaiah 59:7-8

- Romans 3:18 = Psalm 36:1

- Recurring theme here is that the OT matters, and it is the foundation to Grace

- However, see what Paul is doing here – He puts mankind under a microscope

- This is where it gets real interesting for believers and where we have to dive in

- We have turned away; together becoming worthless

- Peter encourages us: 1 Pet 3:11, “They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.”

- Our throats (our words) are an open grave

- Our tongues practice deceit and constantly look to better ourselves

- We have poisonous lips, bent on doing destruction to one another

- Our mouths are full of negativity; cursing; and unforgiveness (bitterness)

Psalm 10:3-5, “He boasts about the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD. In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. His ways are always prosperous; your laws are rejected by him; he sneers at all his enemies.”

- Are feet are quick to attack; we seek to tear one another down always

- Everywhere we go, everything we touch is marked with death and ruin

- We have no peace; AND we disregard the teaching of God for things we’d like

2 Tim 4:3, “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”

- It’s important to just say this honestly (to define the need) – so here goes:

- If we were to be honest, we’d probably admit to several times in our lives when we turned to God WHEN things stopped going our way, not before.


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