Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On
what principle? On that of observing the law?
No, but on that of faith.
Faith Excludes Boasting
We all have some amount of self confidence and
belief in our own abilities. Some people
suffer from low self esteem while others are
overflowing with confidence to the point of
When it comes to faith, there is no room for
boasting however. In regard to salvation,
everyone's faith is equal and accomplishes the
People are given different amounts of faith as
some are given the gift of faith which means
that they have extraordinary faith compared to
others. This is not a reason to boast
either though because everyone has been given
gifts by God.
The Pharisees often boasted about their
righteousness and considered themselves better
than other "sinners" because they believed that
they followed the law. In writing to the
Romans, Paul wants to make sure that they don't
fall into the same trap with regard to their
It requires the same amount of faith for a
person to be saved, regardless of their past
sins. No persons is "more saved" than
another person. Because all are equal,
there is no point in boasting about salvation.