Faith…First

today's reading.
Romans 3   Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God...

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Reading Romans 3 took me back to my attorney, practicing law days. Let me explain. The way Paul lays out Romans, it's not the easiest read. But all the detail we need is there laid out very logically. 

What Paul is doing is explaining how Christ's death and resurrection has changed things spiritually speaking. We no longer live under the law of works but are now under grace and the law of faith. That's a huge change that requires a complete shift in thinking for the Jews. "For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law" (vs. 28). Paul then explains how the law doesn't go away or become meaningless because of what Jesus did. "Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law" (vs. 31). So bottom line--our salvation isn't a result of our keeping the law. However, the law is still there for us to follow and uphold.

What did Paul and Romans 3 show you about how faith and the law work together? Did you find this passage motivating regarding keeping the law and doing good works? Why or why not? Tami

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