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Romans 3:27  Where is the boasting then of the Jew against the gentile? It is excluded.  By what law? of works?  Nay - This would have left room for boasting.  But by the law of faith - Since this requires all, without distinction, to apply as guilty and helpless sinners, to the free mercy of God in Christ.  The law of faith is that divine constitution which makes faith, not works, the condition of acceptance.  John Wesley

Romans 3:27  Where is boasting then?.... There is no room nor reason for it, either in Jews or Gentiles: not in the Jews, who were very apt to boast of their being Abraham's seed; of their circumcision; of their being Israelites; of their having and keeping the law; of God being their God; and of their knowledge of him: nor in the Gentiles, who were ready to boast of their philosophy, wisdom, and learning; of their self-sufficiency, freewill, and of the things they had in their own power.

It is excluded; it is shut out of doors; the key is turned upon it; it is not allowed of; it is entirely exploded:

by what law? of works? nay; for, that establishes boasting when men seek life, righteousness, and salvation by the works of it, and fancy they shall be able to attain them this way:

but by the law of faith: not by a law requiring faith; nor as if the Gospel was a law, a new law, a remedial law, a law of milder terms; but the word "law" here answers to the Hebrew word ????, which signifies any "doctrine" or "instruction", and oftentimes the doctrine of the Gospel, as in Isaiah 2:3, and here particularly, the doctrine of a sinner's justification by faith in the righteousness of Christ; according to which doctrine the most unlikely persons are justified, even ungodly persons, the worst and vilest of sinners; and that without any consideration of works, by faith only, which is freely given them; and by faith in Christ's righteousness only: so that there is not the least room for boasting in the creature, but all their boasting is in Christ, who is made unto them righteousness, and by whom they are justified.  Dr. John Gill

"Where then is boasting?  It is excluded.  By what kind of law?  Of works?  No, but by a law of faith." (NASB)

"Where is boasting then?  It is excluded.  By what law?  of works?  Nay: but by the law of faith." (KJV)

"Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God?  No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law.  It is based on faith." (NLT)

"Where, then, is boasting?  It is excluded!  By what principle?  Of works?  No, but by the principle of faith!" (NET)

Let us then glory in the Lord!  Is this not the fruit of the joy of the Lord made real in our lives?  We cannot glory in the flesh in the presence of a perfect and holy God.  But rather cling to this old promise and boast in the Lord only.  Our hearts are in the heavenlies and the things of this world are no longer our primary interest.  We live on Calvary time and find our sustenance in God's economy.

Ephesians 2:9 NLT "Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it."

1 Corinthians 1:29, 31 NLT "As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.  Therefore, as the Scriptures say, 'If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD.'"

Isaiah 45:25 NLT "In the LORD all the generations of Israel will be justified, and in Him they will boast."

Romans 3:27  Where is the boasting then of the Jew against the gentile? It is excluded.  By what law? of works?  Nay - This would have left room for boasting.  But by the law of faith - Since this requires all, without distinction, to apply as guilty and helpless sinners, to the free mercy of God in Christ.  The law of faith is that divine constitution which makes faith, not works, the condition of acceptance.  John Wesley

Romans 3:27  Where is boasting then?.... There is no room nor reason for it, either in Jews or Gentiles: not in the Jews, who were very apt to boast of their being Abraham's seed; of their circumcision; of their being Israelites; of their having and keeping the law; of God being their God; and of their knowledge of him: nor in the Gentiles, who were ready to boast of their philosophy, wisdom, and learning; of their self-sufficiency, freewill, and of the things they had in their own power.

It is excluded; it is shut out of doors; the key is turned upon it; it is not allowed of; it is entirely exploded:

by what law? of works? nay; for, that establishes boasting when men seek life, righteousness, and salvation by the works of it, and fancy they shall be able to attain them this way:

but by the law of faith: not by a law requiring faith; nor as if the Gospel was a law, a new law, a remedial law, a law of milder terms; but the word "law" here answers to the Hebrew word ????, which signifies any "doctrine" or "instruction", and oftentimes the doctrine of the Gospel, as in Isaiah 2:3, and here particularly, the doctrine of a sinner's justification by faith in the righteousness of Christ; according to which doctrine the most unlikely persons are justified, even ungodly persons, the worst and vilest of sinners; and that without any consideration of works, by faith only, which is freely given them; and by faith in Christ's righteousness only: so that there is not the least room for boasting in the creature, but all their boasting is in Christ, who is made unto them righteousness, and by whom they are justified.  Dr. John Gill

"Where then is boasting?  It is excluded.  By what kind of law?  Of works?  No, but by a law of faith." (NASB)

"Where is boasting then?  It is excluded.  By what law?  of works?  Nay: but by the law of faith." (KJV)

"Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God?  No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law.  It is based on faith." (NLT)

"Where, then, is boasting?  It is excluded!  By what principle?  Of works?  No, but by the principle of faith!" (NET)

Let us then glory in the Lord!  Is this not the fruit of the joy of the Lord made real in our lives?  We cannot glory in the flesh in the presence of a perfect and holy God.  But rather cling to this old promise and boast in the Lord only.  Our hearts are in the heavenlies and the things of this world are no longer our primary interest.  We live on Calvary time and find our sustenance in God's economy.

Ephesians 2:9 NLT "Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it."

1 Corinthians 1:29, 31 NLT "As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.  Therefore, as the Scriptures say, 'If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD.'"

Isaiah 45:25 NLT "In the LORD all the generations of Israel will be justified, and in Him they will boast."



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