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Romans 3:8-20 Sermon #20
Our last 4 sermons in Romans have been covering Paul answering his false accusers. As we read in verse 8
8 ------whose damnation is just.
However we have learned that Paul does not point them out or use their names in doing so. Why? Well, think about it; if he pointed and named he would be doing no different than
they were. By not pointing and naming names; what he has to say will cover any and all that have, are and will gossip, slander, false accuse and tale bear against him or others like him. Let’s read
on in our text to gather in the whole of what Paul is teaching us.
9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
13Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
14Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15Their feet are swift to shed blood:
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
17 And the way of peace have they not known: 18There is no fear of God before their eyes.
19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may
be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Now let’s recap Sermons #16-#19 In Sermon #16 Paul is confronting his accusers; those that would defile the Body of Christ, the Church, Gods’ children and servants, with their
mouths. In Sermon #17 Paul shows us we are not to put ourselves above our accusers but we are to put God and His word before us and them. It is His standard we are to live by. In Sermon #18 Paul
teaches us not to use God and His Word to appear to have more authority or a better than though attitude. Humbling ourselves to speak the truth in God’s Word brings life. Using God and His Word to
lord over or condemn others brings death. Even his statement whose damnation is just is an introduction to the truth of their judgment by God’s Word and not his. Without the truth of God’s Word
before you, you become the judge of the brethren instead of a servant with them. Sermon #19 Paul teaches, continuing on a path of Gossip, slander, false accusing and tale bearing will bring you to
bitterness, which is the taking action against those you have accused; by doing so one moves from being a judge of the brethren to an executioner. Now let’s move on to our final sermon from this
text, which is drawn from verses 18-20. Romans 3:8-20
Paul now proclaims why his accusers are so bold in their cursing and bitterness. 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes. There is
no-----none—nadda—zip---zilch—totally absent. They dress the part but it’s all an act; Total hypocrites! Hypocrites in the Bible is defined as --- a dissembler, pretender, an actor, a stage player.
Dressing the part or filling a position makes no change in the truth. The change must be on the inside and that only comes with the ------fear of God. In this reference it means 2 things.
1. Knowing how great God is and how miniscule we are. 2. Knowing our every breath is by His mercy alone and dreading the result of casting off or rising above Him in action or
thought. Holy fear is total awe and reverence toward our creator and sustainer and dread of violating that knowledge. 18 --------- before their eyes is vile hatred, self centered gain, pride and
arrogance. They do not look to God and His Holy word for guidance or restraint. God is behind them in thought and action. They have become like their father Satan, who proclaimed this attitude and
was cast out of God’s Kingdom.
And he said unto them, I
beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Separated from God to have everything he wanted ----in Hell. Paul has not used his own words in rebuttal but the Holy Scriptures to point at his accusers.
At no point has he placed himself above them, bypassing God’s authority. Paul has kept God in front of him in thought and in action. He has kept the fear of God before (his) eyes.
Verse 8 in our text; 8 -------- whose damnation is just. Why? Because Verse 19 says; Now we know that what things soever the law
saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. the law saith,----The very Word of God, the Holy Scriptures that Paul
has used to prove the condemnation of anyone that shows no fear, no reverence and no dread for failing to follow them. For the Law was given to Israel in word to proclaim in action for the rest of
the world to see and verify what God has written in their hearts;
19---that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. No one can justify a sinful action knowing what God has taken Israel through. No one can deny the existence, the
power, the mercy, the grace, the anger, the love, the patience, the forgiveness the provision, the guidance, the protection and the Holiness of our eternal God in Heaven. The God of Israel is the God
of the world and His Word is our salvation; the Salvation of the world; Hebrew and Gentile alike. John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God. James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and
superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
God chose Israel to show the world all of His attributes. His Omniscience, His Omnipotence, and His Omnipresence.
19 ---that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. ------------------- 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by
the law is the knowledge of sin.
20Therefore------After having said all this Paul once again is proclaiming it is the knowledge of the law not the deeds or works of the law that is our salvation. WHAT? Pastor Freede, are you saying
that one just needs to know what the Bible says and doesn’t have to do it? NO! The law—the very Word of God was given for us to follow in action. But it was also given to prove we could not follow
it. Not in its entirety.
James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Think of the Law as an anchor chain for a ship. If one link is broken the anchor and the ship are separated forever.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift
of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man
Our text reads: 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: Deeds of the law is works, its man striving to do what the law says
with no mistakes; performing every Word of God perfectly with no flaws or weaknesses in our own strength in the attempt to be justified in the sight of God. NOT POSSIBLE! Our deeds of the law are
like manmade chain links. No two are perfectly the same in size or strength. Get a handle on this folks! It has never been, is not now or never will be possible for man to be justified in Gods’ sight
in his own attempts to fulfill every jot and tittle in God’s Word. Just like a manmade chain is only as strong as its weakest link. So mans right to be justified in the sight of God is only as good
as his smallest sin. For God’s Word says: Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: So by the knowledge of the law, we know that we will never be justified by works in the
sight of God no matter how hard we try. Paul has kept the playing field even by not claiming to be any more worthy of justification than anyone else but at the same time he is saying to his accusers;
“Your blatant refusal to accept what I have to say about being justified through faith and not works proves –18 There is no fear of God before (your) eyes. 20Therefore------no matter how hard we
proclaim our righteousness before men, we are all sinners by the law that was given to justify us. WHAT? That sounds like a no win scenario. IT IS; By our strength, our standards and our faith in
ourselves to do everything right in the eyes of God. Do I have that kind of faith in myself?--------NO! All I need to do is hold myself, my life, everything I have said and done up against Gods’
perfect law and I know I stand no chance to be justified. Have I, do I, will I sin?--------Yes! How many sins does it take in a man’s life before he will receive a guilty verdict?-------One! You see,
20 -------for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Paul is telling his accusers; their damnation is just, but so is his. Not for what they are accusing him of but any sin he has committed is just as
damning as theirs. One or many makes no difference. All have sinned. There is none righteous, no, not one: Praise the Lord our study doesn’t stop there even though we must for this week. We will
continue with hope. And that hope is Jesus Christ.
Our most gracious Heavenly Father, Thank You for the men you anointed so long ago to speak and to write your Holy Scriptures by the power of the Holy Spirit in them. We
have learned much in our study of Paul in his letter to the Roman Church and we praise you Lord for tearing us down before rebuilding us in the truth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We all look
forward to our next sermon study as we walk in Your Mercy and Grace each moment of our lives. Guide, guard and protect us as we give you the honor, the glory, and praise. In Jesus name we pray.
Pastor Steven Freede
Cornerstone Independent Church
Original Sermon Date 9/13/13