No Room to Boast

Scripture Reading: Romans 3:1-31

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For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.” Romans 3:28 (NASB)

Our Choice

(Verses 27)

Though I’m sure many people are happy God brought them into existence, truth be told, they cannot boast about being born. After all, you had little say over the time or place of your birth. You certainly had no choice of your parents or the environment you would grow up in. You do however have a choice about how you respond to God!

Whether moralist or Jew, neither can boast of their law keeping. The Bible says, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all” (James 2:10). Someone once said, “The area between pretty good, and perfect is separated by the chasm of hell.” If a Jew relied upon his or her heritage as a means of salvation, this would be wholly inadequate. As we just read in Romans 2:28-29, being a Jew is not outward only, but rather comes from a circumcised heart; they have exercised faith in God and His Word. We should not, however, isolate the Jew. What could the most devout, religious person (moralist) boast in? Even the best law keeper, after all, with just one sin (even pride), becomes “guilty of all.”

Law of Faith

We are forced to answer the question posed by Paul then, “Where is boasting?” (v.27) Quite simply, if we understand our free gift of salvation, “it is excluded”, literally ‘shut out’. There is no room for boasting except in “Christ alone”! There certainly is a law in place. Law, in verse 27, is not referring to a specific law such as the “Mosaic law.” Paul describes another law, a law which does not have it’s standards in the works of men, but a law whose standard is faith. Remember, faith was not, or should not have been a new concept to the Jew. After all, the Mosaic law should have been kept in faith, with a circumcised heart.

The book of Galatians is directed toward a church that had been affected by Jewish Christians, urging the people to turn from the free gift Christ and back to the law; in this case the law of circumcision. For the believer, there is nothing to boast about but Christ. Literally, “But may it never be that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the World.” (Galatians 6:14) He goes on to reiterate the truth of 2 Corinthians 5:17, found in Galatians 6:15, namely that we are a “new creation”.

Which Law

Paul ends this chapter with a logical conclusion that we ourselves should consider: Is the law nullified by faith? The answer is of course no. While the law is not our standard of living (the Spirit of God is), as we are led by the Spirit of God we will fulfill that perfect law, the law of love.

Are you ever proud of yourself when you see you’re life changing? Instead of being proud of what you have accomplished, remember it is Christ in You, and give the glory to God!

Matthew Elroy

Disciple of Jesus, Husband, Father & pastor.