Romans 3:27 meaning

We have no part in our justification; there is no place for boasting, our works do nothing. Justification can only come by faith.

If Paul is anything he is persistent. Here again, he makes the same point he has already made many times (and will continue to make): there is no possibility for us to participate in being justified before God by keeping the law.

None. Zero. Why? Because we cannot keep the law. Everyone of us is under sin (verse 23). Paul includes himself as a sinner, saying he is no better than the hypocritical slanderers (verse 9).

Further, there is no boasting for our participation in being justified because Jesus alone is the justifier (verses 26-27). The justifying before God that Jesus does is completely apart from the law (verse 21) and is given completely free, with no strings attached. That gift is received by faith alone (verses 24-25).

The competing Jewish “authorities” maintain that adherence to the law is necessary to be justified before God, and have slandered Paul’s insistence that our justification before God is separate from the law, by grace through faith. Paul, here, is continually and artfully deconstructing the slander that would undermine Paul’s gospel message if it were to be adopted by the world famous believers in Rome.

Biblical Text

27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith.

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