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The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 3:23

A remedy for a universal need. To assert that the righteousness of God manifested in Christ was "apart from the Law" relegated the Law to its proper position, as the servant, not the master, of religion. And the apostle's substantiation of his further assertion, that this new method of righteousness was not so entirely unheard of as that its novelty should be a strong prejudice against its truth, but that, on the contrary, the Law itself and the prophets contain intimations of such a... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Romans 3:23

For all have sinned - This was the point which he had fully established in the discussion in these chapters.Have come short - Greek, “Are deficient in regard to;” are lacking, etc. Here it means, that they had failed to obtain, or were destitute of.The glory of God - The praise or approbation of God. They had sought to be justified, or approved, by God; but all had failed. Their works of the Law had not secured his approbation; and they were therefore under condemnation. The word “glory” (δόξα... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Romans 3:21-24

Romans 3:21-24. But now the righteousness of God That is, the manner of becoming righteous which God hath appointed; without the law Without that perfect and previous obedience which the law requires; without reference to, or dependance on, the law, ceremonial or moral, revealed or natural; is manifested In the gospel, being attested by the law and the prophets. The example of Abraham’s justification by faith, recorded Genesis 15:6, and the passage which the apostle quotes, Romans... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Romans 3:21-31

3:21-5:21 THE WAY OF SALVATION (JUSTIFICATION)Now that he has established that all humankind is sinful and under God’s condemnation, Paul moves on to explain the salvation that God has made available through Jesus Christ. The following outline introduces a number of ideas and words that Paul uses in this section.God’s loveIt is true that God loves sinners and wants to forgive them (2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 4:16; 1 John 4:16), but genuine love also acts justly. It does not ignore wrongdoing. Suppose,... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Romans 3:23

have . Omit. Sinned . Greek. hamartano. App-128 . In the first Adam as the federal head of the old creation. come short. Greek. hustereo. Only here in Romans. Occurs sixteen times, always in the sense of failing, or lacking. Compare Matthew 19:20 (first occ). 1 John 2:3; 1 John 2:3 .Hebrews 12:15 . read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Romans 3:23

For all have sinned any fall short of the glory of God.This is Paul's statement of the fact of God's justice in making salvation to all who complied with the terms upon which it was extended. All people are in fact sinners; and the same basis for saving one, or making salvation available, is the basis for extending it to all. read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Romans 3:23

Romans 3:23. And come short of the glory of God— "They have failed of rendering him that glory which was so justly his due; and thereby have not only made themselves unworthy of the participation of glory and happiness with him, but stand exposed to his severe and dreadful displeasure." read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Romans 3:23

23. for all have sinned—Though men differ greatly in the nature and extent of their sinfulness, there is absolutely no difference between the best and the worst of men, in the fact that "all have sinned," and so underlie the wrath of God. and come short of the glory—or "praise" of God—that is, "have failed to earn His approbation" (compare :-, Greek). So the best interpreters. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Romans 3:21-26

A. The description of justification 3:21-26Paul began by explaining the concept of justification. [Note: See Carl F. H. Henry, "Justification: A Doctrine in Crisis," Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 38:1 (March 1995):57-65, for discussion of the crisis that Protestant Catholic rapprochement poses for the doctrine of justification.] "We now come to the unfolding of that word which Paul in Chapter One declares to be the very heart of the gospel . . ." [Note: Newell, p. 92.] read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Romans 3:23

All must come to God by faith in Jesus Christ because all have sinned and fallen short of (i.e., lack) God’s glory (cf. Mark 10:21). The glory of God refers to the outward manifestation of what God is. It includes especially the majesty of His powerful person and the sublimity of His supremely elevated position. [Note: Mickelsen, p. 1192; Harrison, p. 41.] Sin separates people from fellowship with a holy God. We lack both the character of God and the fellowship of God because of sin. read more

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