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Friday, May 2: The law that requires faith

 

Daily ScripturesRomans, the longest of the New Testament letters, is also one of the most intensively theological books in the Bible. In it, the Apostle Paul explains the concept and importance of salvation through Christ. Join us in working through this important book.

Read Romans 3:27-31

Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.

 

Reflect

Look again at the series of questions that Paul asks and answers in this passage. Do his answers make sense to you? His point is that we gain a right standing with God through faith in what Jesus has done, not through keeping the law. Nevertheless, God's law still matters and should be obeyed.

Respond

What's the difference between obeying in order to be accepted by God and obeying because you have been accepted by God? Focus today on obeying God as an act of gratitude.

 

 

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