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Romans 3:21-31

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God’s Wonderful Plan of Salvation for Everyone

Romans 3:21-31

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Lesson Number 9

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. God’s plan of salvation does not compromise the righteousness of God.
  2. God’s plan of salvation is not foreign to the Old Testament.
  3. God’s plan of salvation requires faith, but no works.
  4. God’s plan of salvation includes redemption and propitiation.
  5. God’s plan of salvation covers sins committed before the cross.
  6. God’s plan of salvation is for all people.

Practical Application

  1. You can’t jump across the Grand Canyon.

Questions

  1. Does God’s plan of salvation compromise His righteousness?
  2. What does it mean to be justified?
  3. Is God’s plan of salvation seen only in the New Testament?
  4. Does God’s plan of salvation include works?
  5. God’s plan of salvation includes redemption and propitiation. Explain

Answers

  1. God’s plan of salvation is such that He can both maintain His own righteousness and also make righteous the sinner.
  2. Justified means to be declared righteous.
  3. No, the righteousness of God is witnessed by the law and the prophets. God’s way of salvation has always been by grace through faith.
  4. No, God’s plan of salvation requires faith, not works. See Romans 3:22, 24, 27-28. See also Ephesians 2:8-9.
  5. Redemption in Christ Jesus is the idea of being bought out of the slave market of sin, our condition before salvation. The price of our redemption has been paid by the blood of Christ. Propitiation means satisfaction. The righteous demands of a holy God were satisfied by His Son on the cross.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Examine Romans 3:22, 24, 27-28, which speak of salvation by faith alone. How, then, do you relate this truth to James 2:26?
  2. God’s plan of salvation covers sins committed before the cross. How is this possible?
  3. Show from Scripture that God’s plan of salvation is for all people.

Challenge

  1. Can you jump across the Grand Canyon? Can you satisfy God’s standards of perfection? Take the bridge and live!

Key Verses

  • “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24
  • “Where is boasting then? It is excluded. by what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.” Romans 3:29

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