BSF Study Questions Romans Lesson 4, Day 5: Romans 3:19-20

Summary of passage:  The whole world is accountable to God and His Word.  His Word makes all conscious of sin and merely observing the law does not make you righteous.

Questions:

11)  The whole world is accountable to God and His Word.  His Word makes all conscious of sin and merely observing the law does not make you righteous.

12a) Just that:  To silence every critic, God is making it clear ALL are guilty before Him.

b) So far, it hasn’t really. I’ve learned more about the importance of it, but it hasn’t had an concrete effects on identifying and confessing sins.  It’s Week 4.

Conclusions: Unsure why we need a whole day on these two verses (besides the obvious that Romans only has 16 chapters for a 30 week study), which in my mind only emphasizes the facts we’re not righteous just because we obey the law, which is what we’ve been talking about all week.

End Notes:  The law cannot save you.  It gives you knowledge of your sins, not salvation.  In fact, it condemns you, not saves you.  Yes, God wants you to keep His laws and walk in His ways.  But that alone will not give you eternal life.  Only the purifying blood of Jesus can do so under the New Covenant.

J.B. Phillip’s paraphrase of “through the law we become conscious of sin” is striking.  He writes, “it is the straight-edge of the Law that shows us how crooked we are.

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3 comments on “BSF Study Questions Romans Lesson 4, Day 5: Romans 3:19-20

  1. Lissette says:

    The supreme problem of life is, How can a man get into a right relationship with God? How can he feel at peace with God?

    The law makes us aware of sin. It makes me aware that I cannot keep the law.

    I also know that God is not the way of law, but the way of grace; not the way of works, but the way of faith.

    The law shows us how much we need a Savior.

    • Julia says:

      Agree with Lissette above. The question she poses: what is the supreme problem in life? The answer is that with man it is impossible to have a right relationship and peace with God. BUT with God all things are possible! Look at the WAY of law, grace, works, and faith that Lissette mentions. AND the answer is: Jesus, who is the WAY (John 14:6), the truth, and the life, and no one can come to God, the Father, except through Jesus, our Lord and Savior. It is also interesting that the early followers of Jesus were called the WAY (Acts 9:2). By the way, you wrote a great poem on SIN, and I agree with AToZMom that it would make great words to a worship song.

  2. Frederick I Slocum says:

    If you studies Romans with BSF in a previous iteration, I would appreciate your observation if the earlier study questions were a bit more substantial that what I have seen to date. Thanks.

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