After dedicating almost three chapters of his letter to the Romans to setting forth
humanity’s need for the gospel (1:18 - 3:20), Paul moved on with the words, “But
now . . .” (3:21). In the rest of the third chapter, he presented the great truths regarding
how one can have right standing before God—how a sinner can be “justified.” Having made it clear that righteousness is a matter of faith, not works, Paul chose to illustrate
his point with a flesh-and-blood example: Abraham. By showing the reader that “the
father of the Jews” was declared righteous by faith and not by works, Paul made a
compelling argument that all can understand.
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