Do You Need The Gospel?     Rom. 3:1-12, 18-20    Sept. 25. 2005
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        What is your answer to the question stated in the title?  I say, yes! Recently while shopping a lady in a wheel came by where I was sitting.  She did not look like one who needed to be in a wheel chair.  I initiated a conversation with her, and discovered she had heart problems. We talked about our different health concerns, and she went on down the isle.  It seemed the Spirit said “go give her a tract,”
I went and found her, and asked her if she was certain she was going to heaven when she died.  She said “yes I am!.”  I then asked “do you know the Lord,” and she said, “He is my life.”  As we finally parted I said “I’ll see you again,” and she replied, “yes you will.”  This confidence comes from two people who needed and accepted the gospel message.

1.    Do You Need The Gospel From A God of . . Covenant?

    A.    A Covenant of . . Entrustment.  3:1-2
            1 So what advantage does the Jew have? Or what is the benefit of circumcision?  2 Considerable in every way. First, they were
            entrusted with the spoken words of God.

    B.    A Covenant of . . Expertise.  3:3-4
           3 What then? If some did not believe, will their unbelief cancel God's faithfulness?  4 Absolutely not! God must be true, but
            everyone is a liar, as it is written: That You may be justified in Your words and triumph when You judge.

                The covenant of God with the people of Israel brought the gospel to mankind.  God promised all nations of the earth would be blessed through the seed of Abraham, and that promise was fulfilled in Jesus. The Jews were entrusted with the spoken promise of God concerning the Messiah.  Some Jews did not believe, nor behave correctly, ut that does not cancel God's covenant.  God delivers the truth of His promises even when men tell lies; therefore God's expertise is justified in judging according to His words..

2.    Do You Need The Gospel From A God of . . Conclusions. ?

    A.   Conclusions about . . Righteousness.    3:5-6
            5 But if our unrighteousness highlights God's righteousness, what are we to say? I use a human argument: Is God unrighteous
            to inflict wrath?  6 Absolutely not! Otherwise, how will God judge the world?

    B.    Conclusions about . . Reasoning.  3:7-8
           7 But if by my lie God's truth is amplified to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner?  8 And why not say, just as some
            people slanderously claim we say, "Let us do evil so that good may come?  Their condemnation is deserved! The Whole World
            Guilty before God  When reasoning about a Holy God, as He deals with unholy mankind, the conclusion must come that
            God is righteous but mankind is unrighteous.  God's wrath flows from His righteous indignation.  The contrast is obvious.  Paul
            gives some of the slanderous reasoning he had heard.  The contrast between this reasoning and scripture is ridiculous.

3.    Do You Need The Gospel From A God of . . Confirmation?

    A.    Confirmation about . . Sin.  3:9-10
            9 What then? Are we any better? Not at all! For we have previously charged that both Jews and Gentiles are all under
            sin,  10 as it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one;

    B. Confirmation about . . Sinners.  3:11-12
        11 there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away, together they have become useless;
        there is no one who does good, there is not even one.  When confronting people about their sin I ask, “do you have any problem
        admitting you have sinned in your lifetime?”  In several years only two people shared “I am not a sinner.”  Most people say, “oh
        no, I know I have sinned.”  I tell everyone that is good because the Bible says no one is without sin.  God's Word conforms all
        sin, and therefore we are sinners who need the gospel.

4.    Do You Need The Gospel From A God who . . Clarifies?  3:18-19

    A.    Clarifies about . . Judgment.  3:18-19
        18 There is no fear of God before their eyes. 19 Now we know that whatever the law says  speaks to those who are subject to the
        law, so that every mouth may be shut and the whole world may become subject to God's judgment.

    B.    Clarifies about . . Justification.  3:20
        20 For no flesh will be justified in His sight by the works of the law, for through the law comes] the knowledge of sin.

        Is the whole world subject to God's judgment?  God's Word says “yes,” but mans ways say “no."  How does this matter get
clarified?  God clarifies it by saying “every mouth may be shut and the whole world may become subject to God's judgment."  Then He goes on to share no flesh is justified through the law.  It takes the gospel message with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus to bring the forgiveness, and justification of sin.  So the question Do You Need The Gospel? is answered with a resounding, YES!  Amen?  Amen!