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.
No Cause for Boasting
Jewish people might feel proud because of their Jewish heritage. They may have contempt for Gentiles who do not have the history that they do. Gentiles might feel proud too. They did not walk in ways which led to the diaspora. They did not have the chance to live in rebellion to a law they never knew. We can all develop a superior attitude, but God gifts Christians with faith equally no matter what their background is.
If you are a Christian it is not because of any great act of your own. God rescues all people equally. Is faith something that we generate? I think that faith is a gift. God gives people the fortitude to choose him and the fortitude to continue in their choice. Emotional highs and lows might put pressure to deviate from the course. However the gracious gift of faith keeps us true to God.
God, thank you for faith. I do not want to be dismissive of those who struggle with faith. I have struggled with my emotions, especially feeling connection. However, you have brought me through hard times. You have saved me, and you work your salvation out through me.
- What becomes of boasting?
- What worth are works?
- Describe the faith as Paul sees it.
- What is the source of your faith?
- How do you know you have faith?