In light of all these extraordinary things, Paul asks a very pertinent question: “Where is boasting then?”  He frequently adopts this method throughout the epistle, posing questions which he thinks may occur to the minds of his readers, and providing the correct answer.  The apostle well knew how devoted the human heart is to priding itself on something, anything, that it can lay hold of, even in the realm of the soul’s salvation.  The tendency is alive and well in our own day, where men will grab hold of anything, particularly their own act of faith, or “free will decision,” to boast that they themselves played some critical role in the salvation of the soul.  So, having proven that the justification of a sinner is entirely the act of God, Paul asks where that leaves human boasting.

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If one properly understands everything that has gone before, the answer is clear and obvious: “It is excluded.”  Where can boasting be when the sinner’s justification is entirely exclusive of his works, and is based only upon the free grace of God, through the means of Christ’s blood and righteousness?  This leaves absolutely no ground whatsoever for the sinner to boast about what he has done.  The only thing he brings into the whole situation is his guilt, the fact that he has sinned against God, and cannot justify himself by adherence to the law.  When he comes to God, all he can bring is the fact he is a sinner.  But this is very well, because God sent His Son into the world for the very purpose of saving the chief of sinners.

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