Topic: Ten Commandments/The Law Passage: Romans 3:19–3:20
THEME: These two verses serve a critical role at this juncture in Paul’s latter. They serve as a conclusion to the first section in which Paul proved that all men lack the righteousness God requires to be in a right relationship with Him, and therefore, every man is under God’s condemnation. At the same time, they serve as an introduction to the next section where Paul explained how a person is made right with God; specifically, how God graciously grants His righteousness as a gift to sinful people who admit they are not good enough for God to accept them and so they accept the work Jesus did for them by living and dying on their behalf, and as a result, they are declared right or righteous before God. The natural question someone might ask at this point is: “If keeping the Law doesn’t save us nor could it ever save us, then why did God give it to us in the first place?” In other words, “What role does the Law play in salvation?” or more simply, “What is the purpose of the Law?”
In verses 19-20, Paul explained TWO PURPOSES of the Law in regards to our salvation.
1. THE LAW MAKES US DEFENSELESS BEFORE GOD (v. 19)
2. THE LAW MAKES US DEPENDENT UPON GOD’S SON (v. 20)
Thank God for graciously providing you with Christ’s robe of righteousness to cover your sin and make you right with Him. Ask Him to forgive you for see earn His love and approval by “trying harder” or “doing better” rather than simply reveling in His gift of righteousness through faith in Christ. Ask Him to grant you a greater burden and greater boldness to share with others the good news of what Christ has done to save us from our futile attempts to save ourselves.