Ever had "the rug pulled out from under you"? The Apostle Paul pulls the rug out from under all humanity with his statement, "There is none righteous, no, not one" (Rom. 3:10).
In Romans 2-3, Paul confronts the two groups that make up all the people of the world:
Both the conscience and the law hold every man accountable to God, "that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God" (3:19).
Paul wraps up his discourse on the terrible plight of all men, "There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all have turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one" (3:10-12, emphasis added).
Thankfully, Paul doesn't leave man drowning in his sin and without hope; he throws out a floatation device, "But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness from God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe . . . whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith" (3:21-22, 25, emphasis added). By faith in Christ, guilty sinners are made righteous. Scandalous!
Paul uses Abraham as an example of what this faith looks like. Abraham had the promise of God regarding a son, but he also had a barren wife, which made the fulfillment of this promise impossible; yet "he did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in the faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform" (4:20-21). For Abraham, to have a promise from God was also to have its fulfillment. Faith credited a son to the barren womb of Abraham's wife.
What does Paul establish about those who sin before the law was given and who sin after the law was given? What does he establish about the Jewish people? About circumcision? About the purpose of the law?
Abraham and the promise given to him by God preceded the giving of circumcision and the law; yet, God declared him righteous. What was the basis of that declaration?
How does Abraham demonstrate faith-based righteousness?
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