Sunday School Material 7-17-16: God Set Things Right

(Romans 3:21-31; 7/17/16)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that Jesus was presented as humanity’s only way to be right with God. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to make sure that we have accepted Jesus as our savior by faith and that we are urging others to do the same.

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Read Romans 3:21-22

I. Righteousness Through Faith. In our Sunday School material Paul talks about how the righteousness of God has been made known. The righteousness is apart from the law. The righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ. It is given to Jews and Gentiles (i.e., non-Jews) alike.

Applications –

- No difference between Jew and Gentiles. Notice in vs. 23 of our Sunday School material that there is no difference between the Jew and Gentile, in regard to how we get right with God. Every person starts off as a sinner. But through Christ, we can all be saved.

Let’s work on making sure that we are saved and helping others to get saved. Our salvation is more important than vain arguments about ethnicity or religious affiliation.

Read Romans 3:23-24

II. Justified by Grace. In our Sunday School material all have sinned. All have fallen short of God’s glory. And all are justified, who are justified, by grace through the redemption of Christ.

Applications –

- All have fallen short. Notice in vs. 23 that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. If Jesus is not in the picture, no one lives well enough to be right with God.

Even if you live by the Ten Commandments and go to church every Sunday, you and I are still missing the mark. Realizing this should move us to seek and accept God’s solution for our sin problem, which is found in Jesus.

Realizing our sinfulness should also lead to our humility. Even if we think that we are less sinful than one another, we are all sinful compared to God’s expectations. Let’s work on humbling seeking, accepting, and sharing God’s solution for humanity’s sin. The solution is faith in Jesus.

Read Romans 3:25-26

III. Planned by God. In our Sunday School material Christ was presented as the sacrifice of atonement. Jesus’ blood atones for all of those who were not punished. God is just and the One who justifies.

Applications –

- Jesus the sacrifice. Notice in vss. 25-26 that God presented Jesus as a sacrifice of atonement. In other words, with Jesus’ death sacrifice for us, we can be right with God. But without Jesus’ death sacrifice, we are doomed.

That is about as simply as it gets. We have to accept the sacrifice by faith. Sadly, too many people either don’t see this as an urgent matter or they simply rebel against the idea altogether. Let’s make sure that we have accepted Jesus as our savior (i.e., sacrifice of atonement) by faith and urge others to do the same.

- God’s compassion. Notice in vss. 25-26 of our that God is so compassionate. He put up with some sins because He knew that Jesus was on the way. God’s compassion for us should move us to love and obey Him.

However, in too many cases, there is little evidence of people loving and obeying God because of His compassion towards us. Let’s live like we appreciate God’s compassion. This kind of living should be known for loving God and others, as we love ourselves.

Read Romans 3:27-31

IV. Result of Faith. In our Sunday School material there is no room for boasting about self-righteousness. No one kept the Law. The justified live by faith. God is God of the Jews and Gentiles. Faith in the atonement of Jesus upholds the Law.

Applications –

- No boasting. Notice in vs. 27 that there is no room for boasting. If we were active members of a church for 40 years, but did not have Jesus, we would be on our way to the same Hell that those who never came to church and never accepted Jesus are going to. Whatever growing we have done since we have been saved should not move us to boast.

First, none of us have grown as much as we should have grown. Second, whatever growing we have done has been by the grace of God, not our own merits. Let’s work on humbly accepting the grace of God in our lives and using the grace to help others get saved and growing in the Lord.

- God is a big God. Notice in vss. 29-30 that God is God of the Jews and Gentiles. In like manner, God is still God of the entire world, which includes Blacks, Whites, rich, poor, middle class, etc.

This means that whoever accepts Jesus as savior by faith is justified by God. This also means that whoever doesn’t accept Jesus as savior by faith is not justified and is therefore doomed to receive God’s wrath.

Let’s live like we believe that God is bigger than our personal encounters with Him. Such living should be known for our at least being open to talking with others who claim to be Christians, even when they don’t look like us nor share our heritage.

Conclusion: Let’s work on making sure that we have accepted Jesus as our savior by faith and that we are urging others to do the same. God has much for those who obey His will.

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