Romans 3 Lesson

God's Grace

GOD’S GRACE IS A GIFT

Romans Chapter 3 makes it clear that EVERYONE is a sinner. There is not even one that perfectly understands, has not lied, has not cursed, has not used their words for bitterness, or that fears God as they should.

All of us have sinned and fall short of the grace of God (Romans 3:23).  If we are "justified" despite of our sins, it is only through God's graceand the redeeming blood of Jesus.

Grace = unmerited favor or receiving something that we have not earned.

The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans:

  • “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one. Their throat is an open grave, with their tongues they keep deceiving, the poison of asps is under their lips; whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; their feet are swift to shed blood, destruction and misery are in their paths, and the path of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” – Romans 3:10-18.

In the above scripture (taken from Psalms 14:1-3, Psalms 10:7, Psalms 36:1, Psalms 53:1-4, Isaiah 59:7, and Isaiah 59:9), Paul makes it clear that all of us are sinners (both Jews and Gentiles). Therefore, we all need God’s grace to be saved.

BIBLE VERSES ABOUT GOD’S GRACE

  • “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. ” - Hebrews 4:16,
  • “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” - Ephesians 2:8-9,
  • “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” - James 4:6,
  • “And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” - 2 Corinthians 12:9,

WE CANNOT WORK OUR WAY TO HEAVEN 

We cannot make it to heaven on our own merit!  While there is no denying the importance of our works (James 2:26) to accompany our faith, there are no amount of works that can save anyone.

In Virtual Bible Study’s Lesson, “What Must I Do To Be Saved,” there are five things listed as necessary for salvation (with supporting scriptures):

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

  1. Believe in Jesus. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” – Acts 16:31
  2. Confess our belief in Him. “For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” – Romans 10:10
  3. Repent (turn away from) of our sins. “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:3
  4. Be baptized. Baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ .” – 1 Peter 3:21 and “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” – Mark 16:16
  5. Obey God’s commandments. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. – Mathew 7:21

None of us will ever do all five perfectly, and that is where God’s grace comes in.  God’s grace is abundant and sufficient for all things. (2 Corinthians 12:9

CONCLUSION

God's grace is a gift that we cannot earn.  

God gives grace to the humble and is opposed to the proud.  And while we are saved by grace through faith, believing is doing, and there is a lot of work to be done!    

We will end today's lesson with the following scripture:

  • “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age .” - Titus 2:11.

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Dan W

Amen! The point of the first three chapters--Gentile and Jew are all guilty. People argue anti-semitism part of the Christian worldview, but the fact, as taught here is that all of the world needs to repent and turn to the Savior.

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Dan W

Amen! The point of the first three chapters--Gentile and Jew are all guilty. People argue anti-semitism part of the Christian worldview, but the fact, as taught here is that all of the world needs to repent and turn to the Savior.

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Dan

How precious is the grace of God and how our trust is to be in His righteousness, not our own! As we seek to understand the relationship between grace, faith and obedience, we must tie them all together, just the scripture does. We cannot please God without faith and obedience. Believing means doing. In doing we must not give the impression that we are proud of what we do, but in believing we must not think that it is the end of our responsibility.

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Michael
Dan

"Believing means doing". That's a great quote brother!

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