Rom 3:31 – Explained


Do we then make the Law void through faith? Let it not be! But we establish the Law.

Let us look at the verses prior to this question and answer to fully understand the context and the reasoning of the above question and answer. In the verses prior to the one we’re discussing, it is evident that the message pertains to that of faith in Jesus Christ; the scripture clearly states that none could be made righteous through works of the law.

Now, please notice that immediately after the end of this chapter, Paul speaks of Abraham and the faith that he had. For the purpose of this study, let’s look at faith and the law and what it means.

Law
What is law, in the letter that Paul wrote the Galatians, in the third chapter he asked the very same question, but as we know from Romans, chapter 3 – Paul on many occasions answers the questions he asks. He does so with the question about law as well.

Gal 3:19 – 27

Why then the Law? It was added because of transgressions,
until the Seed should come to those to whom it had been promised,
being ordained through angels in the Mediator’s hand.
But the Mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
Is the Law then against the promises of God? Let it not be said!
For if a law had been given which could have given life,
indeed righteousness would have been out of Law.
But the Scripture shut up all under sin,
so that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given
to those who believe.But before faith came, we were kept under Law,
having been shut up to the faith about to be revealed.
So that the Law has become a trainer of us until Christ,
that we might be justified by faith.But faith coming,
we are no longer under a trainer.For you are all sons of God
through faith in Christ Jesus.For as many as were baptized into Christ,
you put on Christ.

In the verse just mentioned, Paul gives us the reason why had been given to observe, he also says what the law is. In plain word, it can be said that the law were given to the Israelites do show them that they sin, it was “Added” due to their wrongful deeds that they commit.

Paul goes as far and describes the law as a trainer/teacher, but please do take note that the law had become a trainer/teacher until Christ. Law in other words were “added” to guide/train/teach the Jews.

Today, we have the Holy Spirit of God to guide/train/teaches and even speak to us, we need not the law to guide us/train/teach us; this was given to do so before Christ came into the world. By our faith in Christ Almighty, we are thus guided/trained/taught, even convicted with regards to the sin that we still have in our lives. Note that the scripture in Galatians speaks of all being “shut up “under sin so that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. What is this faith that is spoken about?

Faith
Throughout the bible you’ll read about having faith in God Almighty, but what exactly is faith – the author of Hebrew speaks and explains just what it is in chapter 11. Please note that in many cases where faith is mentioned, Abraham might be mentioned as well. The bible speaks of Abraham having faith in God’s Promise.

Heb 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.
For by it the elders obtained a good report.
By faith we understand that the ages were framed by a word of God,
so that the things being seen not to
have come into being out of the things that appear.

The bible further gives us many examples of many people demonstrating their faith they have in God Almighty –

Noah acting in faith by building the ark.
Sara received power to conceive
Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau by faith of things to happen
The Israelites passed through The Red Sea
Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter

To mention but a few, Hebrew 11 and the rest of the bible have many more incidents of people acting in faith.

Now, to say it plainly – faith is the essence of the things that we are hoping for even though we cannot see it. Even though we cannot see it, we believe that it is true, we believe it exists. Faith is thus putting your trust, what you believe in into the unseen, in the case of this study; we are putting our trust in the unseen God. We have not seen God eye to eye, face to face, but we believe whole heartedly that God exists. We believe that God exists, we believe that He came down to earth in the form of a man, through The Messiah, Jesus, we believe that He was crucified, died, and was raised on the third day, we also believe He ascended into heaven and IS ALIVE EVEN TODAY – that is what faith is about.

Now my dear friend, by having faith we fulfil the law – how do we fulfil the law by living by faith, one might ask? The law my friend was a shadow of the promise that had to come – that promise is and was Jesus, the Messiah. Now my friend, we have faith in Christ Jesus – by having this faith, we portray the fulfilment of the law, because we do not any longer walk in the “shadow”, the promised seed have arrived. By showing faith in Christ Jesus – we acknowledge that the law was there to point us to Him.

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