Today’s Reading | Romans 3
If you were to condense the point of today’s reading into one sentence, what would it be? Paul is trying to illustrate to us that all men stand before God condemned and can be forgiven only by faith in Jesus Christ alone. The Jews believed that in order to be right with God, one had to observe the Old Testament law. Paul is showing them that they could not earn their way into heaven, even by observing the law. Paul demonstrated that the law showed people only that they stood before God condemned. It was designed to reveal how much they needed a Savior, not to provide them with a means to “earn” salvation. In verse 28, he said again that one is declared righteous by faith alone and not works. He has shown that this salvation is available to everyone. Everyone is a sinner, condemned before God and everyone can find forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ. You can’t attain heaven or a relationship with God by your effort or your merit, even if your effort includes very good things. Who, in your world, needs to know that he stands before God condemned, and that Christ has provided a way for him to be forgiven? Will you tell them?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?