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  “The Righteousness of God”
               Romans 3:21-31
James 2:10



“For whoever keeps the whole law and
    yet stumbles at just one point is
      guilty of breaking all of it.”
Genesis 15:6



  “Abram believed the Lord, and he
 credited it to him as righteousness.”
I. God’s gift of righteousness is His
plan of salvation (21-26).
• God’s plan of salvation is exposed (21).
  – The righteousness is apart from the law.
  – This righteousness is received as a gift from
    God.
John 3:16


 “For God so loved the world that he
   gave his one and only Son, that
  whoever believes in him shall not
    perish but have eternal life.”
I. God’s gift of righteousness is His
plan of salvation (21-26).
• God’s plan of salvation is equally available
  (22-24).
  – There is no difference.
  – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory
    of God.
     • We are justified freely by his grace (24).
     • Through the redemption that came by Jesus
      Christ.
I. God’s gift of righteousness is His
plan of salvation (21-26).
• God’s plan of salvation is effective (25-
  26).
  – God presented him as a sacrifice of
    atonement.
     • It is an appeasement for sin
         – “Propitiation”
Hebrews 2:17 (NKJV)


“Therefore, in all things He had to be
    made like His brethren, that He
 might be a merciful and faithful High
 Priest in things pertaining to God, to
 make PROPITIATION for the sins of
              the people.”
I. God’s gift of righteousness is His
plan of salvation (21-26).
• God’s plan of salvation is effective (25-
  26).
  – God presented him as a sacrifice of
    atonement.
     • It is an appeasement for sin
         – “Propitiation” – It satisfies the wrath of God.
     • Through faith in his blood
  – He demonstrated his justice in this way.
     • His forbearance left sins committed beforehand
       unpunished.
     • Now justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
II. God’s gift of righteousness
refutes pride (27-31).
• It expels pride (27-28).
  – On the principle of faith (27).
     • Not the principle of law observance.
     • There can be no boasting.
  – Man is justified apart from observing the law
    (28).
II. God’s gift of righteousness
refutes pride (27-31).
• It is not exclusive (29-30).
  – He is the God of Jews and Gentiles alike.
  – He will justify the circumcised and the
    uncircumcised by the same faith.
• It exempts no one from obedience (31).
  – Faith does not nullify the law.
  – We are obligated to uphold the law.
Conclusion

 “But now a righteousness from God,
  apart from the law has been made
       known…” (Romans 3:21)
Conclusion

 “But now a righteousness from God,
  apart from the law has been made
       known…” (Romans 3:21)

     Through Christ’s sacrifice
Conclusion

 “But now a righteousness from God,
  apart from the law has been made
       known…” (Romans 3:21)

     Through Christ’s sacrifice
     The gift of righteousness
Conclusion

 “But now a righteousness from God,
  apart from the law has been made
       known…” (Romans 3:21)

     Through Christ’s sacrifice
     The gift of righteousness
      God’s plan of salvation!

				
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