- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Romans 3
God’s faithfulness and justice for all.
Chapter 3 has some theological terms for us to know their meaning
Righteousness of God — God’s way for us to be right with God.
Justification of God — God’s act to bring us back into right relationship with God.
Atonement of God — God’s act to restore broken relationship. (At- oneness)
Redemption of God — God’s way to forgive the outcome of sin.
In all these terms indicated the grace of God, gift from God, not our act or merits.
In his imagery dialogue, Apostle Paul raises questions and answers to the claims of chapter 2:17-29.
The advantage that the Jews have is that they were entrusted with the words of God (law), God’s covenant. Some may ask that their unfaithfulness, breaking the law, act of sin, would not much matter compare to the faithfulness of God. And some may ask that if God judge the world, God is not just for God’s faithfulness. Some may say that our unfaithfulness may increase the faithfulness of God. By no means, Apostle Paul calls these slanderous and accusing questions.
God is just and righteous to all, Jews and Gentiles. There is no partiality. “All have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.” God’s righteousness and God’s faithfulness was completed through Jesus Christ, not by observing the law, but by redemptive death of Jesus Christ. That is God’s faithfulness, God’s righteousness, God’s atonement for all both Jews and Gentiles.
Not by observing the law(Jews) nor by performing works(Gentiles), but by faith, believing and trust what God has done through Jesus Christ, all are at one with God, right relationship with God. Apostle Paul calls it “by the grace of God.” The law points us to the grace of God.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.