What do Primitive Baptists do with Romans 3:25? Rom. 3:21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. It seems the entire passage is referring not to the temporal benefits of Gospel repentance, but to the ETERNAL salvation purchased by Christ's propitiatory sacrifice on the cross, and the Justification and imputed righteousness that comes with it...but it says in v. 25 that this is "to be received by faith." I realize PB's and some Calvinists will argue that in verse 22 it should rightly read "faith OF Jesus Christ." But those arguments don't even matter in light of v. 25, in which receiving these gifts are liked to the faith of the receiver. It seems Romans 3:25 refutes the PB idea that ETERNAL salvation has nothing to do with the faith of the one saved...that such a person may be saved without exercising faith to receive the gift...that (As one PB told me once) a secular religion professor who completely denies the real truth of scripture, is in fact by the very nature of his interest in studying the bible as a literary work, revealing that he is in fact regenerate and will see eternal salvation.