The Purpose of the Law ~ The Roman Road

Romans 3 presents Paul’s argument for the sinfulness of all humanity, justification by faith alone and the ultimate purpose of the Law of Moses. Let us look at three points from Romans 3 concerning the purpose of the Law.⠀

Our sinful nature

First, the Law reveals our universal sinful nature. No one can escape the wrath of God outside of Christ because the Law reveals who we truly are. There is none good but God so let us all drop the “I’m a good person” moniker. We are not. ⠀

“What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”⠀

Romans 3:9-12 ESV⠀

The Righteousness of God

Second, the righteousness of God is revealed both within AND outside of the Law. While the Law most certainly reveals the righteousness of God, this passage makes it clear God’s righteousness is also made known to us through faith. (Now that’s a relief! If it wasn’t, you’d have to be a Jew to be saved. Praise God for universal salvation for ALL who believe!) ⠀

“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”⠀

Romans 3:21-23 ESV⠀

By faith through faith

Finally, Romans 3:30 uses some interesting phrases which require closer examination. Is there any distinction with “by faith” and “through faith”?⠀

“…since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.”⠀

Romans 3:30 ESV⠀

One commentator–Vincent’s Word Studies–clarifies this passage by stating that: “The Jews are justified out of the faith which their father Abraham had, and which they are supposed to have in him. The Gentiles must enter that door and pass through it in order to be justified.” So, it really doesn’t matter how we enter into righteousness, by faith or through faith, faith is the only means of our justification with God in Christ Jesus.

Therefore, the purpose of the Law is to show us we are sinful and to reveal the righteousness of God available through faith ALONE. Do you have His righteousness? Or do you have more questions? Drop us a comment…

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