Listen:  77 Question 4

We are living in the day that is commonly referred to as the “day of grace” or the “church age.”  In this day, the Bible teaches us that there is no difference between the Jews and the Gentiles.  Let’s read Romans 3:19-23, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”  The law was given to the Jewish nation, but in this day, as we just read, there is no difference between Jew and Gentile.  The law has declared everyone guilty before God, and no one can be justified by the keeping of the law.  No one has ever been justified by keeping the law.  The law is God’s perfect standard and no one has ever been able to reach that standard.  As we see in these verses, righteousness comes by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  The Apostle Paul went on to write in Romans 10:12-13, “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Here we see the only way of salvation…calling upon the name of the Lord in faith.  Whether Jew or Gentile, the Lord will save all those who come to Him by faith.  Paul wrote in Galatians 2:16, “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”  The Bible clearly shows that the Jewish people are not living under the law.  For those who try to cling to the old precepts of the law and reject the Lord Jesus as their Messiah, or savior, there is no salvation.  We read in Galatians 3:10-13, “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.”  1 John 5:12 makes it perfectly clear that, “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”  Jew or Gentile, salvation comes only through faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ.