Weekly Study Questions

Romans 3:21-26, "Justification"

  1. If we are to truly understand the Doctrine of Justification what is it that we have to know about the heart of God, the Holiness of God, and the nature of sin? Heart - John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:9; Romans 5: 6,8-9; 1 John 4: 17-19.  Holiness - Lev. 11:44; Lev. 19:2; 1 Peter 1:16.  Sin – Romans 3: 1- 20, 23; Romans 6: 23; 1 John 3:4.
  2. In what way is sin demand for justice and a judgement of death valid?  Why is it important that we know and agree with that personally?
  3. Justification is God declaring that we are righteous.  Given that God is holy and righteous, and sin embodies everything contrary to the very nature of God.  Literally that sin is a crime against God.  According to Romans 3: 21 – 25; Romans 5:5-9 how does God deal with sin in a way that satisfies His holiness and still satisfies the righteous demands of sin?
  4. What does it mean that we have been justified by a gift of God's grace in Romans 3: 24 –25?  According to Romans 3:24 –25, 5:8-9 what did it cost God to give the gift?  Why is this important in light of Ephesians 2: 8,9; Titus 3: 5-6?
  5. According to 2 Corinthians 5:21 and Romans 5: 18-19 we are declared righteous and given the righteousness of God.  What does that mean and what are the ramifications of this truth for the whole of your life?
  6. According to Romans 5:1 how do we lay hold of the offer of Justification?  How does this fit with Romans 6:23 and Ephesians 2: 8,9?
  7. What does it mean in Romans 5:1 that "having been justified by faith, we have peace with God".  What is this peace?  Discuss this peace in relation to God's nature and the nature of sin.
  8. In light of what we have learned about Justification.  If someone where to ask who is more righteous, Jesus or a "born again" believer, why would the right answer according to Scripture be "both"?
  9. Why is it important that we know the truth about what God has done for us through His work of Justification?
  10. In what way does God's work of Justification speak to who I am and what I have in Jesus? What God thinks about me, even when I fall short?  In what way does this give you confidence and security?
  11. What have you personally learned?
  12. How are you going to allow the truth found in the Doctrine of Justification to transform your life?  What are you going to do with what you now know?