Class Notes: 9/14/2023

The book of Romans part 165; Rom 3:31;

In our verse-by-verse study of Romans last time we almost finished Rom 3:31; the expanded translation for the first phrase is: "do we cancel the law through the faith?"

We noted that God's purpose for the Mosaic Law has never been and never will be cancelled, abrogated, or rescinded. 2Cor 13:8; Heb 13:8; because nothing God does is ever cancelled, abrogated or rescinded. Matt 24:35;

Many people have and continue to distort the law into a system of human self-righteousness but hat does not cancel God's actual purpose for the law that is fulfilled when anyone recognizes from the Mosaic Law that he is a sinner, he is condemned, he is spiritually dead, and then responds by believing in Jesus Christ to be saved by receiving God's righteousness and eternal life.

Rom 3:31; "May it never be" from "mh" (never) " genoito," (the verb to be, to become or to happen) this is the strongest rejection of the idea that the faith would abolish, contradict or rescind the law.

"Alla" (but or on the contrary) the NASB translates it "on the contrary" the adversative conjunction "alla" after a negative is used to introduce a contrasting positive statement. In other words the conjunction "alla" rejects the negative and emphasizes the positive. The NASB translation "On the contrary" is a good.

Then the accusative singular direct object of "nomos" (law), plus the present active indicative of the verb "histanomen" (establish). The NASB translation "establish the law" is also very good.

This is a perfective present tense that denotes the continuation of the existing results. The active voice: the believer who attains salvation adjustment to God's justice establishes the true purpose of the Mosaic Law. The declarative indicative mood is for a dogmatic statement of truth: "on the contrary we establish the law."

Expanded Translation Rom 3:31; "Do we cancel the law through that same faith? Definitely not: on the contrary we establish the law."

We have reached the end of Roman chapter 3 so we will read through all 31 verses of our expanded translation and start Romans chapter 4.

Rom 3:1; "What therefore is the privilege of the Jew? Or what is the benefit from circumcision?"

Rom 3:2; with the "Much in every way: for in the first place since they (Israel) were entrusted with the doctrines from God."

Rom 3:3; "Well then how stands the case with regard to the alternatives? If certain ones (the Jews) refuse to believe (and they do), shall their lack of faith cancel God's integrity? No."

Rom 3:4: "Emphatically not: rather, let the God be proven reliable, though every man a liar; as it stands written, In order that you might be demonstrated as just by means of your doctrines, and that you may prevail when you are being slandered."

Rom 3:5; "But if our unrighteousness promotes the integrity of God [and we assume it does], to what conclusion are we forced? The God who inflicts wrathful punishment is not unrighteous, is he? No, of course not. I am presenting human viewpoint."

Rom 3:6; "Emphatically not. Otherwise if it were true how shall God judge the world?"

Rom 3:7; "But if the doctrine of the God has shown itself to be extremely great for the purpose of his glory (and we assume that it has); why therefore am I also still being judged as sinful?"

Rom 3:8: "In fact, not true (as we have been slandered, and certain arrogant ones keep alleging that we say,) Let us do evil things that good things may come. Their condemnation and punishment is deserved."

Rom 3:9; "Therefore how are we to understand the situation? Do we possess anything that might shield us from God's justice? No, not at all: for we have already indicted both Jews and Gentiles, they are all under sin."

Rom 3:10; "As it stands written, there is not a righteous one, not even one."

Rom 3:11; "There is not one who comprehends doctrine, there is not one who searches for the God."

Rom 3:12; "All have turned aside (into unbeliever reversionism), at the same time they have become depraved; there is not one who attains to God's integrity, not even one."

Rom 3:13; "Their vocal cords are a grave that has been opened; with their tongues they keep on deceiving; the venom of cobras is under their lips."

Rom 3:14; "Whose mouth keeps on being filled with cursing and bitterness."

Rom 3:15; "Their feet are swift to commit murder."

Rom 3:16; "Historical disaster and personal suffering are in their highways."

Rom 3:17; "In fact they have not known the way of peace," (they have not known adjustment to God's justice so they have not known blessing from God's justice.)

Rom 3:18; "There is no respect for God before their eyes (no respect for God in their perception)."

Rom 3:19; "But we understand that whatever things the Mosaic Law says, it speaks to those under the jurisdiction of the law: that every mouth may be closed, and the whole world may become accountable to the God (Jesus Christ)."

Rom 3:20; "Therefore by works of law no human being shall be justified in his sight: for through law consciousness of sin."

Rom 3:21; "But now apart from law the righteousness belonging to the integrity of God has been revealed, being confirmed by the law and the prophets."

Rom 3:22; "That is, the righteousness which belongs to the integrity of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe: (for there is no distinction)"

Rom 3:23; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Rom 3:24; "Receiving justification (vindication) without payment by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus."

Rom 3:25; "Whom the God (the Father) has publicly displayed the propitiation or mercy seat through faith in His blood (Jesus' spiritual death on the cross) to demonstrate his righteousness because of the passing over of previously committed sins, because of the delay in judgment of the God (God the Father)."

Rom 3:26; "For the demonstration of his integrity at this present critical time (the Church Age): in order that he might be just, even when he justifies anyone (sinners) who has faith in Jesus."

Rom 3:27; "Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what principle? That of works? Absolutely not: but by the principle of law of faith."

Rom 3:28; "We conclude, then, that man is justified by faith apart from works of law."

Rom 3:29; "Or is the God the God of the Jews only? Not also the God of Gentiles? Yes, also of Gentiles."

Rom 3:30; "Since the Godhead is one in essence (or, integrity), who will justify circumcision (the Jew) by faith, and uncircumcision (Gentile) through (that same) faith."

Rom 3:31; "Do we cancel the law through that same faith? Definitely not: on the contrary we establish the law."

This brings us to Romans chapter 4.The first 16 verses of this chapter deal with the subject of salvation adjustment to God's justice. Abraham described as the father of us all in the middle of this chapter, and the word "father" means pattern or template.

He is the pattern or template for all adjustments to God's justice starting with salvation. Verses 17-21 are a parenthesis where we have two other adjustments to Gods' justice, one is implied and the other is stated.

The rebound adjustment to God's justice is the means of spirituality that is the link between the believer's salvation and spiritual maturity then in verses 22-25 we have the conclusion.

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