28
Oct
2015

ROMANS 3:13-20 THEREFORE BY THE DEEDS OF THE LAW NO FLESH WILL BE JUSTIFIED IN HIS SIGHT

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Romans 3:13 "Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced 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 they have not known." 18 "There is no fear of God before their eyes." 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

  1.  We see the Wickedness of the tongue of man in v 13-14

V13 This expresses the filth of human speech and the rottenness that comes from within as a grave is sealed to keep the stench or smell in.

They have practiced deceit: They lie and cheat and show themselves to be sons of the devil who is the father of all lies

John 8:44 "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

The poison of asps: They lie about their neighbors and ruin their good names

Asps are small and so is the tongue, yet they cause much harm to those who feel their bite

V14 Cursing refers to wanting the worst for someone, expressing it publicly in nasty derogatory or cutting language

Bitterness is the public expression of open hostility towards ones enemy

James 3:2-12 - Even the saved sometimes have problems controlling the tongue

  1. The Wickedness of the Conduct of Man v15-17

V15 The words are cited from #Isa 59:7, and seem to point at the times of Manasseh, who shed so much innocent blood, as to fill Jerusalem with it from one end to the other. - No regard for life

V16 The word destruction means to rub together or crush and it shows that they live only to destroy others and make them as miserable as they are

V17 the ways of peace they have not known: They are constantly fighting and in their lives are in turmoil (the dictionary describes this as confused motion) they don't know what they are doing.

A man is never more miserable than when he is a slave to his sins, it is its own punishment.

NO God, No Peace, Know God and Know Peace

V18 No fear of God:

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction

A Man's true spiritual condition is seen very clearly by the fact that he doesn’t have a proper submission and reverence for God. Biblical fear consists of an awe of God’s greatness and glory and the dread of the results of the consequences of ignoring God's Holiness.

  1. The Wickedness of Man Condemned v19

V19 1st a man is convicted by the Law. The standard is complete perfection. The evidence against man is overwhelming. We cannot keep the Law

2nd Man is condemned by the Law: 

Romans 3:2 The Jews have the written law of God, which came by Moses

The Gentiles have the law of God written on their Hearts

 Romans 2:15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) 16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.

  1. The Wickedness of the Works of Man

V20 The standard is complete perfection: No man can keep all the commandments perfectly,

The law was written to show us our need for a Savior

Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them." 11 But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for "the just shall live by faith." 12 Yet the law is not of faith, but "the man who does them shall live by them." 13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

You see no one ever saw the evil of human nature more clearly than Paul did; yet this evil was not a call to hopelessness but a challenge to hope. Paul believed in original sin and the depravity of human nature. But that doesn't mean he despaired of human nature.

Once when William Jay of Bath was an old man he said my memory is failing but there are two things I shall never forget, that I am a great sinner and Jesus Christ is a great Savior.

Paul never underestimated the sin of man and he never underestimated the redeeming power of Jesus Christ

Once when William Roby was preaching he despaired because of his lack of success and wished to quit preaching. Mr. DL Moody reproved him when he asked him are they then too bad to be saved. Paul believed that no man was too bad to be saved. If Christ could do it for him he could do it for any man.

 

21
Oct
2015

ROMANS 3:9-13 THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD, NO, NOT ONE

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Romans 3:9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. 10 As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one; 11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. 12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one." 13 "Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit"; "The poison of asps is under their lips";

 V9 could refer to the Jews being better than the Gentiles or the Christians being better than the unsaved.  But we are no better than the unsaved because, but for the Grace of God we would be in the same state and be headed for hell for eternity.

Jews and Greeks are all under sin- this word under means to be in the power of or under the authority of sin. Until we are saved we are completely enslaved and dominated by sin.

V10-12 are quoted from several OT texts:

Verses #10-12 come from #Ps 14:1-3, and 53:1-3. The first half of #13 from #Ps 5:9, the second half from #Ps 140:3; verse #14 from #Ps 10:7; #15-17 from part of #Isa 59:7; verse #18 from #Ps 35:1.

Paul is quoting verses 10-18 from memory, so they are not exact quotations of the verses. He is using a common technique the Jewish Rabbis used called stringing pearls.

4 times in v 10-18 Paul says there is none, God is including everyone in these passages, twice he says no, not one and then lastly he says there is no fear of God

Paul is going to describe in verses 10-18 the Wickedness of the character, the tongue and the conduct of man.

V10 As it is written: This is a common introduction to a quotation of OT verses and it also implies their divine authority.

1.    Paul now talks about the Wickedness of the character of man

None is righteous: Man is incapable of doing that which is right in the sight of God

Ps 14:1The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. 2 The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. 3 they have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; there is none who does good, No, not one.

Ps 14:2 clearly implies that all false religions are man's attempts to escape the true God

V11 There is none who understands:

1Corinth 2; 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Our natural tendency is to seek our own interests

Phil 2:21 For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.

But our only hope is for God to seek after us, because it is only a result of God seeking us that anyone seeks him

John 6:44 "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

If men really understood how bad our sin is, how Holy our God is, what the difference between heaven and hell are, and at what cost God provided our salvation we would be in a hurry to be saved

V12 Turned aside: this word basically means to lean in the wrong direction, it was used of a soldier who deserted in a fight.

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

2.    Next we see the Wickedness of the tongue of man in v 13-14

V13 This expresses the filth of human speech and the rottenness that comes from within as a grave is sealed to keep the stench or smell in.

They have practiced deceit: They lie and cheat and show themselves to be sons of the devil who is the father of all lies

John 8:44 "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

The poison of asps: They lie about their neighbors and ruin their good names

Asps are small and so is the tongue, yet they cause much harm to those who feel their bite

7
Oct
2015

ROMANS 3:5-8 AND WHY NOT SAY, “LET US DO EVIL THAT GOOD MAY COME”?

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Romans 3:5 But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unjust who inflicts wrath? (I speak as a man.) 6 Certainly not! For then how will God judge the world? 7 For if the truth of God has increased through my lie to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? 8 And why not say, "Let us do evil that good may come"? --as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just.

 In verses 3:5-8 Now Paul answers the objection that his teaching speaks against the holiness and purity of God's character

1.    Objection 3  If our unrighteousness shows the righteousness of God then isn't it unjust for God to punish our sin

V-5 demonstrates the righteousness of God

If the unrighteousness of the Jews gave occasion for God to call the Gentiles then why are the Jews so blamed and criticized

Jude 4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

The diamond is often laid on a black cloth to make it appear even more beautiful

I speak as a man-- Paul is emphasizing the fact that this unbiblical train of thought comes from unregenerate or corrupt minds

V-6 Certainly not...If God condoned sin then He would have not right and fair way of Judging all men

Genesis 18: 25 "Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?"

2.    Objection 4 If the truth of God's glory and faithfulness has increased through my lie or sin then why am I judged as a sinner…. Luke 7:47

V-7 Charles Hodge --according to this reasoning, says Paul, the worse we are the better. For the more wicked we are, the more clearly will the mercy of God be seen in our pardon

V-8 Unfortunately some had perverted the Gospel Paul preached. They argued that it not only provided a license to sin, but encouraged them to do so.

This argument is called Antinomianism if we are saved by grace alone through faith alone, by Christ alone,  totally apart from works then why does it matter whether we live a righteous life or not. Isn't it good that we sin since God will be given even greater glory as our Saviour? If you are a real Christian you will hate sin, and be angry when you and others sin. You will feel bad because you have sinned.

Men will use any excuse to justify their sin

1 John 4:8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

Exodus 34:7 "keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty,

But Paul says that your sin is not justifiable in any way and God who is righteous and holy will judge it.