TOLERANT OR RIGID? Is God the God of Jews only?  Is God not the God of Gentiles also?  Yes – since God is one who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.  Romans 3:29-30             The Jews believed that God was only their God.  That made them moral elitists, believing themselves …

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BOASTING Then what becomes of our boasting?  It is excluded.  Romans 3:27             If Jesus took all the wrath that I deserved upon Himself, then what is there for me to boast about?  Only that “I am a sinner and Christ is a great Savior.”  (John Newton)  I have nothing in myself to make God …

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­­PERMISSIVE MIS-PERCEPTIONS ‘Propitiation’ was to show God’s righteousness, because in his forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time.  Romans 3:25-26             I’ve been pretty worked up emotionally since writing yesterday.  I realized that I didn’t really grasp, nor convey, the weight of this verse.  So, …

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GOD – SOFT ON SIN? ‘Propitiation’ was to show God’s righteousness, because in his forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time.  Romans 3:25-26             When Nathan confronted David over his relationship with Bathsheba, and David acknowledged the gravity of his sin, Nathan said something that …

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MOVED BY A WORD ..Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.  Romans 3:25             “Propitiation” is a word we usually pass over quickly when reading through Romans.  Someone once said that it means “substitute”.  Knowing that, I pass over it quickly, thinking that I understand …

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MEASURING THE ATONEMENT For there is no distinction: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified by his grace as a gift.  Romans 3:22b-24a             People who consider themselves ‘good’ believe on some level that they don’t need as much grace to be saved.  Do they need the …

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BUT NOW But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it – the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.  Romans 3:21-22             What wonderful words and implication ~ “But now!”  They separate one part of …

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