Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: (30) Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. (31) Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.Romans 3:29-31
So if we are not saved by the works of the law but by faith, what does that mean for Jews and gentiles?
For gentiles it means that you don’t have to “become Jewish” through the keeping of the ceremonial law to be right with God. The gentile doesn’t have to keep the ceremonial or moral law to be justified. God is the God of the gentiles.
For the Jews it does not mean that the law is not void. Rather the law is established to do what it was revealed to do. It helps the sinner understand their lost condition and need for a Savior. It helps the sinner see how that the law pointed to Christ Himself, and His sacrificial death for sins. It helps the believer to know what God’s will is for their lives after they are justified. What does obedience to the God who saved me look like? It looks like the keeping of the law of God by faith in Jesus Christ.
There are some days where the meaning of the text and the application of the text are closely aligned. Let me summarize here:
– Salvation is for everyone regardless of any human distinction. Men, women, jew, gentile, high class, low class. Everyone.
– The law is important, but it will not save anyone.
– Faith in Christ is the only way to be justified. Jesus said,
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.John 14:6
– If you haven’t trusted Christ, do it now!
– Tell someone about Jesus today!