March 1, 2018

Are You Boasting or Believing?

Romans 3:27–31

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27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.

Are You Boasting or Believing?

Central Truth

You could boast all day long about your accomplishments, but that will not make one difference toward your eternity with Christ. It is by faith in God that you have been justified and can boast about Jesus' perfect life, sacrificial death, and miraculous resurrection. 

Devotional | Romans 3:27–31

For the majority of my life, I believed that, if I was "good enough," I would go to heaven when I died. I had peace thinking that if I was able to boast a long enough list of my own accomplishments...

For the majority of my life, I believed that, if I was "good enough," I would go to heaven when I died. I had peace thinking that if I was able to boast a long enough list of my own accomplishments and rules I had followed, I was going to be all right. My daily goal was to impress others by sharing how I had it all together. I was a self-proclaimed good girl. I kept people at an arm's distance and only let them know what I wanted them to know about me. My outward appearance did not match my inner loneliness and desire to be known.

When a friend shared Ephesians 2:8-9 with me, I began to understand that eternity in heaven was not a result of my accomplishments: "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast."

God doesn't want you to boast about your own works because no amount of boasting will impact your salvation. Faith understands that nothing we do justifies us. As a gospel believer, you are free to understand and love the law more than someone who is seeking to be saved by following the law. When you put your faith in Christ, your sinfulness is given to Him because He died for it. In return, Christ gives you His perfect obedience to God's law, and you are able to live through it. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, "For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God."

It is not because of anything you have done or any rules you have followed. It is only by faith that depends totally on the merciful act of God in the death of Jesus. And the best part is, God loves this world, and He shares His gift of salvation with everyone!

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Bio | Emily Allen

Good morning, Journey friends! My name is Emily Allen, and I am privileged to be married to my wonderful husband, Justin. I have the amazing opportunity of serving as the Campus Pastor and Community Assistant at the Fort Worth Campus. I serve in Starting Blocks (what's up, Blue room!), and I love sharing the truth of God's Word with those sweet preschoolers. I love watching baseball, buying books from the children's section at Barnes and Noble, running long distances, and eating Braum's frozen yogurt. I'm excited for you to join me in studying God's Word today!

Discussion Questions

1. Do you find more security in your personal list of accomplishments or in the saving grace of Jesus?

2. What, apart from Christ, might you be tempted to boast in as the grounds of your confidence or self-worth today?

3. How will you ensure you boast only in Christ?


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