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Having explained the benefits of our justification Paul now turns it to the basis for our justification. He does this by contrasting the first and second Adam. Adam plunged us into sin, guilt and ruin. The law is unable to save us. In contrast to Adam’s offense is Christ’s free gift. Where there once was guilt and despair comes grace and life.
Sometimes what is asked us of as disciples and followers of Jesus Christ is not easy. Take this 'love your enemy' statement. But Jesus is asking more of us than the world. Jesus is calling disciples to love as God loves. This is hard work.
Here we see the Judgment seat of Christ and reward as crowns discussed.
We must purge sin out of our lives
Paul spells out that we cannot earn righteousness by works. Righteousness can only be credited by God through our faith. He uses the example of Abraham, calling him “father” four times in v. 16-18. He is the father of both the Jews and the Gentiles, the circumcised as well as the uncircumcised. Abraham’s faith rested on the promise of God’s power in sending him a son (v. 16-22). Likewise Abraham’s story becomes our story as we exercise faith in the life-giving power of the resurrection (v. 23-25).
Christ words cause us to pause and consider what rewards we might gain or lose at the judgment seat of Christ
Paul continues in Romans 3, his exposition of the bad news that we are all sinners. To Jews who thought they had some advantage, he affirms that the Jews have been given the Word of God (3:2) but in reality this is no advantage as Paul expounds that all of us fall short of God’s glory. As we are all spiritually dead and admit our need, we become candidates for a miracle. Humanity’s windfall shows up in 3:21-26. Christ’s righteousness has been transferred to us.