Thursday, December 14th, 2017
Chapter of Study: Romans 3:21-31
The conclusion of our study of Romans Chapter 3 ended on a hopeful note as St. Paul reinforced the significance of living by faith in Jesus Christ, as opposed to seeking righteousness by strict adherence to works and the law. We felt comforted, chosen, and able to live without fear given our awareness of God’s desire for reconciliation with mankind through the sacrifice of His Son.
We took note that the word for the Armenian mass itself (Badarak) means ‘sacrifice,’ and that God’s grace and mercy always overcomes our inevitable failure to perfectly adhere to His law. We also reflected on the moment when we first recognized Christ’s presence in our own lives and made the decision to follow Him, and how the opportunity to do so is offered freely to all.
23Since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; 24they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. – Romans 3:23-24
27Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. – Romans 3:27
31Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law. – Romans 3:31