Romans 3:28

28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.

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Romans 3:28 in Other Translations

KJV
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
ESV
28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
NLT
28 So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.
MSG
28 We've finally figured it out. Our lives get in step with God and all others by letting him set the pace, not by proudly or anxiously trying to run the parade.
CSB
28 For we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law.

Romans 3:28 Meaning and Commentary

Romans 3:28

Therefore we conclude
This is the conclusion from the premises, the sum total of the whole account:

that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
The subject of justification is, "man", not in opposition to angels; nor does it design the Jew against the Gentile, though some have so thought; but the apostle names neither Jew nor Gentile, but "man", to show that Christ's righteousness is unto all, and every man, that believes, be he who he will; and is to be understood indefinitely, that every man that is justified is justified by faith. The means is "by faith", not habitually or actually considered; that is, either as an habit and principle infused into us, or as an act performed by us; but either organically, as it is a means of receiving Christ's righteousness; or objectively, as it denotes Christ the object of it: and all this is done "without works", of any sort; not by a faith which is without works, for such a faith is dead, and of no avail; but by faith without works joined to it, in the affair of justification; or by the righteousness of Christ imputed by God the Father, without any consideration of them, and received by faith, and relied upon by the believer, without any regard unto them.

Romans 3:28 In-Context

26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith.
28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.
29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,
30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.

Cross References 1

  • 1. ver 20,21; Acts 13:39; Galatians 2:16; Galatians 3:11; Ephesians 2:9; Jas 2:20,24,26
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