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There Is None Righteous (4 of 19)
Series: The Book of Romans
Sunday, June 21, 2009
TEXT: Romans 3:1-31
INTRODUCTION: Tonight, we will pick up with Paul's discussion of the Jew verses the Gentile, as it concerned circumcision. You will remember that circumcision was given as a sign between God and the Jew. Circumcision was a picture of the putting off of the flesh and sanctification or separation unto the Lord.
The Gentiles, on the other hand, were not given this requirement; however, because circumcision really has to do with the heart, it was possible for the Gentile to know God when he was willing to follow the moral conviction God had placed in his heart. Romans 2:29a says, "But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter…"
A second point of importance was the giving of the law. The law was given to Israel, not to the Gentiles. But, again, God said the Gentiles could be saved without the written law because He had placed the law within their hearts. If they truly wanted to know Him, they could. Romans 2:14 says, "For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves."
As we begin to move through chapter 3, let me give you an outline…
I. THE ADVANTAGE OF THE JEW (VV. 1, 2)
A. The Question (vs. 1)
1. Paul's discussion of circumcision may have left
many Jews questioning its significance. If the Gentiles, who were not required to be circumcised, could be saved without circumcision, of what advantage was it to the Jew? Again, if the Gentiles, who did not have the Scriptures or the written law, could be saved without following the law, then, what advantage did a Jew have over a Gentile? What difference did it make? Paul answers that question in vs. 2:
B. The Answer (vs. 2)
1. Paul said that the Jew had a great advantage
because the ...
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