Great Quotes about Romans 3:21-26

10 Jul

For the last couple of Sunday nights, we have been studying Romans 3:21-26, what some have called, “the most important paragraph ever written.” If you don’t remember, the paragraph goes like this . . .

Romans 3:21  But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it– 22  the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24  and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25  whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26  It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

In studying this passage, I found so many great quotes about it that I wanted to share a few of them with you in this post.

John Piper — “If you build your life on these verses — if the truth of these verses becomes the foundation of your life — you will be unshakeable in a hundred crises. If these verses become the sun in the solar system of your life, all your planets will orbit in harmony around the will of God. But if you put these verses out on the rim of your life (say near Neptune or Pluto) you need not be surprised if there is confusion and uncertainty and fear and weakness in your life. There are some truths that are so foundational and so central that you should memorize them, meditate on them, bind them to your mind and heart with chains and ropes and every kind of adhesive you can find. Many professing Christians are very weak, and amble through their days pretty much like unbelievers, because they don’t hold on to these verses the way a drowning man takes hold of his rescuer’s arm.”

Robert Mounce —  “From a human standpoint—and by nature people are legalists—the plan was radical. It excluded anything and everything that people by themselves might do to attain righteousness. The righteousness God provides has its origin in what God did, not in what people may accomplish. It is received, not earned. It depends upon faith, not meritorious activity. God justifies the ungodly, not the well intentioned. What makes the “good news” news is that no one would have come up with a plan that excluded their own contribution toward a future salvation. This central theme is now expanded in what is generally acknowledged to be the most theologically important segment of the entire New Testament.”

Ken Boa —  “The gospel reveals what the world needs more than it needs anything else: righteousness. The human race has forfeited its own righteousness (more about that in Romans 5) and can only look to God to regain righteous standing before him.”

H.C.G. Moule — “The harlot, the liar, the murderer, are short of [God’s glory]; but so are you. Perhaps they stand at the bottom of a mine, and you on the crest of an Alp; but you are as little able to touch the stars as they.”

DA Carson — “The hardest thing to get across to this generation is what the Bible says about sin. Sin is generally a snicker-word. You say it and everybody snickers. There is no shame attached to it. It is so hard to get across how ugly sin is to God.”

Mark Dever — “Sin is not fundamentally about failing to reach our potential, it is about our relationship with God. Sin is about what we have done against God, not just against His laws but against Him. We have rejected God and so no longer relate to Him as our Loving Father. Because God is good and holy, we now face His opposition and His just wrath against us for our sins.”

Chuck Swindoll (in describing justification) —  “after a day of dirty yard work, a hot shower and a bar of soap makes you clean. It is tempting to say, “ ‘Ah, it’s just as if I’d never been dirty.’ But that would not have adequately conveyed the power and the value of the water and soap. Better to look in the mirror and say, ‘I was filthy and now I’m clean.’”

Everett Harrison — “God finds no reason, no basis, in the sinner for declaring Him righteous.  He must find the cause in Himself.”

Blaise Pascal — “Grace is indeed needed to turn a man into a saint, and he who doubts it does not know what a saint or a man is.”

Oswald Chambers — “There is a certain pride in people that causes them to give and give, but to come and accept a gift is another thing. I will give my life to martyrdom; I will dedicate my life to service—I will do anything. But do not humiliate me to the level of the most hell-deserving sinner and tell me that all I have to do is accept the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ”

F. F. Bruce — “Paul has thus pressed into service the language of the lawcourt (‘justified’), the slave-market (‘redemption’) and the altar (‘expiation,’ ‘atoning sacrifice’) in the attempt to do justice to the fullness of God’s gracious act in Christ. Pardon, liberation, atonement—all are made available to men and women by his free initiative and may be appropriated by faith.”

John MacArthur —  “In fact, there are only two religions in the whole world: the religion of human achievement and that encompasses every human religion, they’re all the same, and the religion of divine accomplishment, and that alone is Christianity.”

One Response to “Great Quotes about Romans 3:21-26”

  1. creatorworship July 10, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    Glory! The transaction that transfers truth that totally transforms transgressors

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