• The True Advantage of the Jew Devotional

    Romans 3:1–2

    While the Jews were certainly to take the knowledge of God to the world, the Old Testament was theirs, and the Gentile nations had no ordinary way of accessing it. John Calvin concludes from this that if the benefit of the oracles “was to be so highly esteemed when the Lord favored one nation only with the revelation of his word, we can never sufficiently reprobate our ingratitude, who receive his word with so much negligence or with so much carelessness, not to say disdain.” View Resource

  • The Faithfulness of God Devotional

    Romans 3:3–4

    The notion that the Lord must judge sin in order to be faithful is developed in more detail at the end of Romans 3. Paul cites Psalm 51 in today’s passage because in this prayer of confession, David points out that God shows His faithfulness by turning against sin. In Christ, we are rescued from this judgment, but understanding the gospel starts with knowing that our holy God cannot be faithful to His Word without finding a way to judge our sin. Proclaiming His wrath is part of the gospel. View Resource

  • Is God Unrighteous? Devotional

    Romans 3:5–7

    At the root of all sin is the arrogant attempt of creatures to judge their Creator, to believe that we know better than He does and to go our own way or to deny what He has said about Himself. True faith believes what the Lord has revealed about Himself and seeks to please Him in all things. If we find ourselves questioning fundamental truths about God—such as the fact that He is perfectly just—let us repent immediately for such blasphemous thinking. View Resource

  • That Good May Come Devotional

    Romans 3:8

    Telling people that they have not done and cannot do enough to merit the kingdom of God provokes all sorts of hostile reactions. Some question the Lord’s justice. Others accuse the preacher of telling people they should sin with abandon. We cannot prevent people from misunderstanding the gospel. We can strive for gospel clarity to help mitigate this, but what we can never do is change the gospel and remove its offense. View Resource

  • What Jews and Gentiles Share Devotional

    Romans 3:9

    To be under sin is to have sin as one’s master and to suffer under the verdict of guilt before the bar of God’s justice. Christians have Christ as their master and have been pronounced righteous in Him, so we are not “under sin” in the same way that a non-Christian is. However, sin’s influence does remain until we see the Lord face-to-face, and we should never underestimate it. Through daily repentance we can mortify this sin by the Holy Spirit and become more like our Savior. View Resource

  • The Sins of the Jews Devotional

    Romans 3:9-18

    Apart from Christ, all people are under sin (Rom. 3:9). Without Christ, people may still be good citizens. They may be nice neighbors. But they are under sin and not reconciled to God. We can appreciate them for their virtues, but we cannot assume that they are going to heaven because they are nice people. Everyone needs Christ to be reconciled to God, so let us share the gospel, as we are able, even with unbelievers who are nice and kind. View Resource

  • Guilt and Guilt Feelings Devotional

    Romans 3:9-19

    What do you feel guilty about? Can you trace these feelings to an actual violation of some rule, regulation, law, or divine commandment? If so, seek forgiveness from the proper authority. If not, your guilt feelings may be out of place. Seek out your pastor, an elder, or a trusted brother or sister for advice on dealing with these feelings. View Resource

  • No Human Being Devotional

    Romans 3:9–20

    Remember that though you are a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17), no longer bound by the power of sin, you will still struggle with it. Perhaps you can avoid speaking an unkind word, but how long can you go before you harbor jealousy? Consider your response whenever you have an evil thought. If you quickly acknowledge your sorrow for it and look to Jesus for forgiveness, you can be sure the Spirit is working within you. Ask God to help you resist internal sins. View Resource

  • A Divided Will Devotional

    Romans 3:10-11

    Either God is the source of all good or He is not. If we deny the necessity of grace to do what the Lord considers truly good, then we end up calling into question whether He is the ultimate source of every good thing. It then makes it easy for us to claim the credit for the good that we do. Understanding our fallenness, that we will not seek God without His effectual grace, enables us to worship Him more fervently as the source of every good and perfect gift. View Resource

  • No One Is Righteous Devotional

    Romans 3:10–11

    Martin Luther comments on Romans 3:11, “This statement pertains both to those who manifestly do not seek God as well as to those who seek Him or rather think they are seeking Him, because they do not seek Him in the way in which He wishes to be sought and discovered, namely, through faith, in humility, and not through their own wisdom and presumption.” Let us not confuse the search for the Creator’s benefits with the search for the Creator. For which are you searching? View Resource

  • The Need for Faith Devotional

    Romans 3:10-20

    John Calvin said the law of God is a mirror to reveal our sin and drive us to Christ. It is more than a list of do’s and don’ts designed to show us how to obey God. Think about it—aren’t you glad our God accepts us on the basis of grace, not because we perform in a specified way? Praise him for His deep, deep love for you. View Resource

  • The Mouths of Sinners Devotional

    Romans 3:12–14

    The degradation of a culture is clearly seen in the kind of language it tolerates about other people and even about God Himself. We are living in a society that is increasingly vulgar and whose corruption threatens even those who have been called out of darkness into the Lord’s marvelous light. If we follow Christ, we must be careful with our speech. If we show no desire to edify others and honor God with our lips, we may still be in Adam and not in Christ. View Resource

  • Ruin, Misery, and Bloodshed Devotional

    Romans 3:15–17

    Although there is a decisive break with our past lives at conversion so that the power of sin is broken, the gospel is not something we need only at that point. As we continue to sin and shed blood through hating others, we are in continual need of forgiveness and the reminder that we still fall short of God’s glory. Repent this day over ungodly anger and hatred and confess your ongoing need for the perfect righteousness of Christ. View Resource

  • No Fear of God Devotional

    Romans 3:18

    Proclaiming that no human being in Adam—including the most outwardly pious—has the fear of the Lord before his eyes is unlikely to win us any more friends than it did the Apostle Paul and the other early Christians. That does not mean we should shy away from this proclamation. And we should expect it to find a hearing among some, for no matter how much they deny it, all people know that they have not feared the Lord as they ought. View Resource

  • The Law and Accountability Devotional

    Romans 3:19-20

    When you read the law of God, are you convicted by your own failure to keep it? Although we do grow in our obedience over the course of our Christian lives, we should nevertheless be convicted of how far short we fall of God’s standard when we read His law. Then, we realize that we must continue looking to Christ alone for salvation. As you read God’s law, consider where you have fallen short and look again to Jesus for your redemption View Resource