Sunday School Perspective (For Sun., July 17, 2016): ‘To See Or Not To See’
by Minnie Malone Cook
The study of the lesson is in the book of Romans Chapter 3: Verses 21-31 and this lesson gives insight into the grace of God.
Key Verse: “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” (Romans 3:22-24) KJV: All have sinned and this scripture emphasizes that the righteousness of God is received through our faith.
The lesson topic for Sunday, July 17, 2016 is “To See or Not to See” and the lesson emphasizes that
God is justified by His grace.
The objective for students and readers is to commit our lives to Jesus Christ and follow Him.
Righteousness Affirmed (Romans 3:21-26)
The lesson unfolds Apostle Paul offers a clear understanding that all humankind has sinned. It is very significant that because of God’s grace and through Jesus’ crucifixion it is affirmed that sincere believers can be declared righteous. Faith in Him is the key to a cohesive relationship filled with peace and love for one another. Our just and righteous Savior chose to redeem and deliver us by His grace. Oh what merciful and loving God we serve. “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” (Verses 21-26)
Justification through Faith (Romans 3:27-30)
In these verses makes it clear that we are saved by faith and not by works. God is no respecter of persons. Therefore there should be no boasting or bragging about what one has accomplished or achieved. No one is so good or so great by what they have accomplished during their assistance. Paul declares that by faith alone is the necessary requirement for being justified with God. “Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Is he the God of the Jews only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.” (Verses 27-30)
The Law Fulfilled (Romans 3:31)
This verse offers guidance in living a moral life. Apostle Paul endeavors to emphasize the Law simply continuing what Jesus had already taught. The fulfillment of the law means living lives of love just like we are loved by our Savior. “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.” (Verse 19-20)