Essay on Chapter 3 Of The Book Of Romans

1140 Words Aug 26th, 2014 5 Pages
Chapter 3, verse 22 of the book of Romans is one which has been widely debated among scholars. Some prefer to write about this verse as if the faith of believers in Christ is what reveals the righteousness of God. Others will argue that the verse points to the faithfulness of Christ himself. There are good arguments on both sides of the subject. Either Paul, the author of the letter to the Romans, was trying to convey the necessity of faith in Christ, or he was pointing out that Christ’s faithfulness revealed God’s righteousness.
Taking the verse all by itself makes interpretation more difficult than it needs to be. Looking at the context in which it is placed is more helpful and is generally just good practice when studying any text. Romans 3:22 is placed in a paragraph of six verses and they read:
21 But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 23 since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; 24 they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith. He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed; 26 it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he…

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