Romans for Youth
Commentary by Pastor Ron
Romans Chapter 3
“Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of
Paul, who wrote the Book of Romans,
asks: How does it help you to be a Jew? To be religious?
“Great in every respect. First of all, that they were
entrusted with the oracles of God.”
It’s wonderful to be Jewish. Through
the Jews, God gave His words to the world in the Old
Testament part of the Bible.
“What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not
nullify the faithfulness of God, will it?”
What IF some of the Jews (or other
religious people) do not believe (have faith) in the Lord?
God is faithful, even if we are not.
Verse 4. “May
it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man
be found a liar, as it is written, ‘That you may be
justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged.’”
In this verse, Paul quotes David: “You
may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You
judge” (Psalm 51:4b). Jesus, God the Son, IS the
truth (John 14:6). God tells the truth and He is true, even
if everybody else tells lies.
Verse 5. “But
if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of
God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not
unrighteous, is He? (I am speaking in human terms.)”
There are many liars in the world, but
God always tells the truth. God is angry because people
tell lies and He is right to be angry. Many men and women
ask questions like the ones in this verse.
Verse 6. “May
it never be! For otherwise, how will God judge the world?”
God is right to be angry at people who
lie. He is honest and true and will be the Judge of
everyone who has ever lived.
Verse 7. “But
if through my lie the truth of God abounded to His glory,
why am I also still being judged as a sinner?”
The “religious” people of that time
were calling Paul (who told the truth) a liar and a “sinner.”
But the truth about God was shown through Paul’s words. If
Paul’s words glorified God (and they did), then why did
people call him a sinner?
Verse 8. “And
why not say (as we are slanderously reported and as some
claim that we say), ‘Let us do evil that good may come’?
Their condemnation is just.”
People lied about Paul. He did NOT
say, “Let’s do bad things so that good may come out of it.”
His accusers would be judged by God (condemned) for the lies
they were telling.
“What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have
already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under
Paul asks the question, “Are we better
than others because we tell the truth and they are liars?
He answers “NO” to that question, because we are ALL
sinners, each in our own way.
Verse 10. “as
it is written, ‘There is none righteous, not even one;’”
The reason that none of us are better
than others (VERSE 9) is because ALL of us are sinners in
the sight of God. None can do right (righteous) things.
“There is none who understands, there is none who seeks for
Even when we did not seek or want Him,
Jesus Christ gave Himself for our sins. It is God who seeks
US, not the other way around. Nobody really understands.
We are to TRUST in the Lord and what HE has done FOR us.
“All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
there is none who does good, there is not even one.”
Jesus said, “I
AM the way” to God (John 14:6). It is like God
planted good “seeds” in our hearts, but instead of fields of
wheat, weeds came up. We have been “unprofitable” to God.
We are not “good” – only God is good. We need HIM to help
“Their throat is an open grave, with their tongues they keep
deceiving, the poison of asps is under their lips”
Those who were calling Paul a “liar”
(verse 8 & context) did not have the LIFE of God in them –
they were like scary voices coming out of a grave. They
were like snakes in the grass and THEY were the liars. Not
“Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness;”
The “religious” people who were
attacking Paul were actually bitter people, and their words
were like “cursing” in the sight of God. Psalm 10:7 says
something very much like this verse.
“Their feet are swift to shed blood,”
There’s something wrong with people who
like to hurt others. Stay away from them.
“Destruction and misery are in their paths,”
People who like to hurt others cause
many problems and much sadness in this world. Everywhere
they go, they bring trouble.
“And the path of peace they have not known.”
Jesus brings us God’s peace (John
14:27). There is something wrong with those who keep on
hurting others in actions and words – they don’t know the
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
If they trusted in God, they would
respect the rights of other people. Because they harm
others, it shows that they do not “fear” (have) God in their
“Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those
who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and
all the world may become accountable to God;”
The Law speaks to us all, telling us
that we have done wrong in God’s sight. We have nothing to
say to God. We all can only be quiet before Him and
understand that we are judged by His Law.
“because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified
in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of
Many try to please God by being nice
(keeping God’s Law), but we cannot be PERFECT (“justified”)
in doing good. The Law shows us that we are NOT perfect.
“But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has
been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the
God gave us the Law to show us our
sins, but it also shows us how to be made right. You can
see this not only in the Law, but also in the words of the
Old Testament Prophets (who gave us God’s word).
“even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ
for all those who believe; for there is no distinction;”
Here’s how to be RIGHT in the sight of
God: Have FAITH in Jesus Christ. Trust in Him and you will
be saved, and that is true for EVERYONE who believes. God
is good to ALL of us.
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
ALL sin (miss the mark) in God’s
sight. His “mark” is like trying to jump to the moon. Some
can jump higher than others, but nobody can jump to the
moon. NONE can be “saved” (please God) on their own.
“being justified as a gift by His grace through the
redemption which is in Christ Jesus;”
To be “justified” is to be made RIGHT
in God’s sight. To have “redemption” is to be saved from
sin. God can do what we cannot, for we have His FREE gift
through “grace” (we did not earn it, but He gave us Jesus
“whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood
through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness,
because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins
Jesus Christ gave His life, His blood,
for you and me. He died so that we might live, when we have
faith (believe) in Him. We see that He is GOOD, overlooking
our sins when we accept the gift of His Son.
“for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the
present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of
the one who has faith in Jesus.”
God is fair and just to us all. We see
His justice and fairness in Jesus, for He made it possible
for us all to have “faith” (believe) in Jesus Christ and be
“Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of
law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith.”
To be RIGHT before God, is to believe
(have faith in) what JESUS did. You are not saved by
keeping the Law or doing good (though we should do good).
You are saved by faith in Christ. There is no other way.
“For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from
works of the Law.”
We’re NOT saved by fooling ourselves
that we are keeping the Law. We are saved by faith
(trusting) in Jesus.
Verse 29. “Or
is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles
also? Yes, of Gentiles also,”
If God only saved people through
keeping the Law God gave to the Jews, that wouldn’t be
fair! But He is the God of EVERYBODY! And He IS fair.
“since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith
and the uncircumcised through faith is one.”
The “circumcised” are the Jews. The
“uncircumcised” are everybody else. God is one and He has
given us one way to be saved: through faith in Jesus
Verse 31. “Do
we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On
the contrary, we establish the Law.”
Is the Law of God still needed? Yes it
is! Faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved, and
the Law is very important. It proves we are sinners and
shows us our need to have faith in Jesus.
Ron Beckham, Pastor
Friday Study Ministries