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November 26, 2017


TEXT: Romans 3: 27-31
READING:  Matthew 5: 1-20

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SUBJ: That fact that justification is by faith apart from the works of the Law, but also, that faith establishes the Law in that it is embraced as the expression of God.

AIM: That we might rejoice the more that true righteousness is not by law-works and that we should thus be encouraged in the exercise of true faith which approaches God through Christ.

INTR: The question with which we begin this text is both a summary thought and a conclusion to what has preceded. It does add depth to what Paul would have us to see.
1. While acknowledging the advantage of the Jews in that they had a longstanding heads-up, there is no difference regarding the matter of justification – there is only one way is occurs.
2. We would be reminded that justification comes freely (without a cause in us).
3. In declaring the imputation of the righteousness of Christ to us and that propitiation occurs through the cross of Christ Jesus our Lord and that He is both just and the justifier of those who believe in Jesus, the reason of the question is clearly in view.

THESIS: Contrary to the idea that justification by faith does away with the Law in every respect, it is important that we see and embrace true faith wherein the Law (that is the aim of the Law is clearly confirmed in the hearts of those who come unto God by Him.

I. Boasting Excluded (v. 27)
1. The Jews could no longer boast of their heritage and the Gentiles could not boast of their intelligence and worldly wisdom.
1) Literally it is that there is not room for it – where would it be fitted in in that God has chosen, atoned, quickened and granted that which is needed to apprehend and comprehend all that has occurred.
2) It has been well said no one is an Arminian on their knees.
2. The word for “excluded” used here is quite strong
1) In consideration of the grace employed in all things it is locked out: I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Isaiah 42:8.
2) It is more than that there is no room – God will not allow is and has turned the key in the lock of exclusion.
3. A second question further expands the thought (By what law?)
1) The thought here is by what system or arrangement or administration does this happen?
2) The answer is that a system of law works will engender boasting while faith knows only of the work of Christ and that we are directed unto the worship of God through Him.
3) We must be careful here not to understand a new law of some kind – is rather the life of faith that is in view.

II. The only conclusion (vv. 28-30)
1. Being that a man is justified by faith – wherein we would be reminded again that faith is not the effective cause of justification and therefore salvation – it is the provision of God whereby these things are made real and effective to us and in us.
1) We would here be reminded of James’ association of faith and works and note that he clearly saw works as the product of faith and not works as a cause of salvation.
2) The thought is strengthened with the declaration that justification is without the works of the Law – the obvious reference being to those look to obedience to the Law as meriting salvation.
3) It does not exclude the idea of contempt being shown either to the Law or to the idea that good works are the product of a work of grace. 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:9-10.
2. It is to be observed carefully that He is God of both Jews and Gentiles (v. 29).
1) Certainly, we consider this in that He is the creator of all and has preserved all for His purpose and so reigns over them all.
2) Likewise, we would consider this not as matter of a covenant either of circumcision or law; rather is all of Grace and all are found guilty that mercy may be had on all.
3) It is rather that there is but one way that God deals with any and all of them – By grace are you saved and so all must be
i. Loved and regenerated
ii. Pardoned, sanctified, and adopted and
iii. Of course, justified
3. In that He is one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, both Jews and Gentiles are justified in the same way:
1) The Jews by faith (In that the seeds of it were known to many of them)
2) The Gentiles through faith – being directly brought to Christ (John Gill says they are equivalent statements).

III. The Law validated (v. 31)
1. The Law reminds us of the mind and will of God and never so may not be diminished in that regard.
2. But, more importantly are we to understand that Christ is the “end of the Law for righteousness.”
3. Thus, the Law is not invalidated by faith since Christ embodies the Law – Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. Matthew 5:17.
1) This He did as a man and as God manifest in the flesh.
2) This He does in writing His Law in hearts and minds – the fruit of the Spirit in us.
4. The fact is that faith so lays hold on Christ that such obedience as follows honors both Christ and the His Law and so by Grace all are satisfied.
1) God is pleased by such faith as believes the Gospel and comes to Him and
2) Those who come find great delight and worship is fully empowered.