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All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.  This Week’s Study: Romans 3:27-4:5 Monday - No room for boasting. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law (Romans 3:27- 28). It all comes down to this. We are saved by God, not by anything good we, ourselves do. God did the work, our job is to accept God's work, and allow Him to continue working in our lives. That leaves us no room to boast. Boasting is excluded (Verse 27). Barnes comments: “The apostle, of course, does not mean that Christianity does not produce good works, or that they who are justified will not obey the Law, and be holy; but that no righteousness of their own will be the ground of their justification (Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible: Romans 3:28). “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10). May God lead you as you walk in the good works God enables in your life.  And may you always remember that whatever good works God produces in your life, your salvation is God’s freely given gift to you. Tuesday - We establish God’s law. Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law (Romans 3:31). Today’s text helps us find the balance in the works versus grace continuum.  Yesterday, we read, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10). Notice the points are clearly made: We are saved by God’s grace when we believe (faith). It is God’s gift to us, not works, not something we grit our teeth and produce. Yet we are God’s “workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.” So to balance out the major presentation of salvation as God’s gift of grace, that we find in Romans, Paul writes, “Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.” God want to save His children by grace, while He establishes His law in our hearts and lives. Wednesday  - Belief counted as righteousness. For what does the Scripture say? "ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS ACCOUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS." Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness (Romans 4:3-5). Make no mistake about it.  We can never earn salvation.  “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to Him for righteousness.”  Notice upon what God counted Abraham righteous: Abraham believed God. Do you believe God today?  When God says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9), do you believe God?  Do you believe your sins are forgiven? Do you believe you are cleansed from your unrighteousness? For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). Do you believe today?  Are you accepting God’s love and looking forward to eternal life?  When you believe,  you are counted righteous! Press <Control>+D to bookmark this page 2010-2012 Marvin Glass, Inc. And now back to more great Southern Gospel Music!