Thursday, November 30, 2017
Chapter of Study: Romans 3:1-20
In Chapter 3, St. Paul helped us recognize that while Jews were the race whom God chose to reveal His laws to and Messiah through, He does not show favor to one over the other given that we are all, Jews and Greeks alike, under the power of sin. However, we became aware of the fact that such entrustment holds much value for the Jew, while we as Greeks (or Gentiles) have our own individual religious advantages as well.
The depth and richness of the Armenian Church and Badarak, parents and grandparents of strong faith, freedom to worship in the United States, schools and universities that help foster Christian fellowship and study, and health that permits us to be of a sound mind and body were among a few of the things we were able to identify as our own religious advantages from God.
St. Paul also helped us see that the primary purpose of all religious advantages are to help us recognize and repent of sin within our lives. We considered how his example might affect our evangelism by being aware of opportunities to have conversations with the individuals God brings into our lives who may be struggling with the same sins we have faced in the past, and share the mercy and grace we have since received in Christ Jesus.
1Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? 2Much, in every way. For in the first place the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. – Romans 3:1-2
5But if our injustice serves to confirm the justice of God, what should we say? That God is unjust to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.) 6By no means! For then how could God judge the world? – Romans 3: 5-6
9What then? Are we any better off? No, not at all; for we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under the power of sin. – Romans 3:9
20For “no human being will be justified in his sight” by deeds prescribed by the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin. – Romans 3:20