THE CRIME : SIN
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
23 For ALL HAVE SINNED, and come short of the glory of God;
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
17 And the way of peace have they not known:
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
THE VERDICT: GUILTY
9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
God will take vengeance on the unrighteous (the unsaved), especially those who try to commend the righteousness of God through their OWN righteousness/good works.
5 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man).
OUR righteousness cannot and does not commend the righteousness of God, nor is God unrighteous when He takes vengeance on the unrighteous (the unsaved) because how else will He be able to judge the world?
THEREFORE, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF GOD’S AMNESTY/MERCY TO CIRCUMVENT THE PUNISHMENT:
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
What is the redemption that is in Christ Jesus?
Is it by believing He exists? Is it by following Him according to His earthly ministry and doing as He did?
Is it by talking in tongues?
Is it by doing the works of the law? Is it by being a good person?
Is it by changing one’s lifestyle?
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
How did God set forth Christ to be a propitiation for our sins? Important: One must keep in mind in this regard that when Christ died for our sins they were still in the future, so we do not have remission for our sins whereby we have to do good works to maintain the remission (for our sins) as in times past. as verse 25 states.
Proof : 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Ephesians 2:8-9, both which state that works are not required for salvation, only faith.
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
How does God AT THIS TIME declare His righteousness in order that He might be the justifier of those which believe in Jesus?
WHAT IS GOD’S AMNESTY WHICH IS CURRENTLY IN PLACE?
1 Corinthians 15:1-4.
Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s Cross and His resurrection.
How do we take advantage of this God-given amnesty?
Purely through faith.
27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
Faith-belief-trust are synonyms.
Do you trust Christ’s full payment for your sins on Calvary’s cross and that He rose from the dead for your salvation?
Do you believe that Christ died for your sins, was buried and rose again on the third day for your salvation?
Do you have faith in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection for the salvation of your soul?
Faith alone in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 has no “ifs” and “buts”. It clearly states (paraphrased) that if one believes that He died for your sins, was buried and rose again on the third day – you ARE saved – not might be saved or will be saved, ARE saved.
Romans 3 identifies the sin problem and informs us that Christ was the propitiation for our sin, the justifier of those who believe in Him – it doesn’t tell us according to what we are to believe Him/in Him to receive Him as our Justifier.
If we only had Romans 3 to guide us on how to be saved, we’d remain lost, why? because Man could and probably would conjure up a myriad of ways Christ could have been the propitiation for our sins, not to mention how He is the justifier of those who believe in Him. We already see this in those who are biblically illiterate and follow Christ according to His earthly ministry. It is also confirmed with Acts 2 Dispensationalists who believe Israel’s Kingdom Gospel for their salvation, but at the same time also claim to be saved by faith alone, and hold to the doctrine of eternal security.
Saved people trusted Christ according to 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.
The very reason they ARE saved.
Romans 3 tells us the problem is sin, and that all of mankind has been declared GUILTY before God, so I’m not sure why there are some out there who profess that sin isn’t THE problem and that all of mankind has been/is automatically reconciled to God, as sinful, lost men cannot be reconciled to a holy and righteous God. The very reason we are in need of a Saviour is because we are sinners, separated from God.
The very reason Christ died was for our sins, and the reason He rose from the dead was for our justification. To receive forgiveness of those sins and become reconciled to God is only through faith in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection, only then can He impute HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS to you and declare you holy/righteous in His eyes – Romans 4:25. His righteousness comes by faith alone, not by the works of the law, i.e., good works.