These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.

Romans 3:21-31: The Righteousness from God

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Romans.

Like prisoners on death row, people are guilty, condemned and awaiting the execution of God's wrath. They sit silently in the miserable darkness of their cell, all hope extinguished.

Then abruptly, the door swings open and darkness becomes light, death becomes life, and bondage becomes freedom. "You are pardoned," a voice tells them. But how? Why? This passage answers these questions.

Warming Up to God

Imagine that you are a judge and someone you love is on trial. Would you be more tempted to compromise your justice or your love? Explain.

Read Romans 3:21-31

Discovering the Word

  • How is the righteousness from God (3:22-24) different from righteousness by law (2:5-13)?
  • The word redemption (v. 24) is borrowed from the slave market. It means to buy someone out of slavery. From what types of slavery has Christ delivered us?
  • The phrase sacrifice of atonement (v. 25) is borrowed from the Old Testament. Animal sacrifices turned away God's wrath from the sinner. Why does Christ's death turn away God's wrath from us?
  • How should we respond, emotionally and spiritually, to the fact that Jesus experienced God's wrath for us?
  • Some people find it difficult to understand how God can be perfectly just and gracious at the same time. How do the justice and grace of God meet at the cross (vv. 25-26)?
  • How does boasting about ourselves betray a fundamental misunderstanding of the gospel (vv. 27-31)?

Applying the Word

  • At times do you still feel unacceptable to God? Explain.
  • In what ways might you feel or act differently if you more fully grasped what Jesus has done for you?

Responding in Prayer

Take time to praise and thank God for Jesus Christ.

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