The Law Established
A Sermon on Romans 3:31
Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law. (ESV)
The law of God condemns us but the grace of God saves us. So what room is there to boast? There are three deductions that Paul is drawing with his description of salvation: there can no longer be any boasting, the gospel is for all people without distinction, and the gospel establishes the law. Some Jews may feel that with this new message about receiving salvation through faith means that their law is void, but Paul says that is unthinkable! This salvation is a justification whereby God has declared us as righteous in His sight. In this passage, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that Paul is repeating what the Lord said in the Sermon on the Mount. The Lord honored the law in His active obedience, and nothing that he would do would prove the law void. Dr. Lloyd-Jones provides seven points of how the cross and salvation honors the law and discusses reasons why people would reject this teaching.