February 08, 2021 – Monday
Romans 3:21-24 NIV
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
These verses begin with the words But now which is an incredible transition from verse 20, Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin, to verse 21.
We go from judgment (v20) to justification or righteousness of God that can save us apart from the law. How do we obtain such righteousness? It is a gift given as the next verse tells us, This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. Guzik is careful to point out we do not earn our righteousness through faith: The righteousness of God is not ours by faith; it is ours through faith. We do not earn righteousness by our faith. We receive righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ. This is important to know and remember for this righteousness is not somehow earned through obedience, instead it is a given or assigned righteousness, obtained through our faith in Jesus Christ. Who receives this given righteousness? All who believe in Jesus Christ.
More detail comes in the rest of verse 22 through 24, There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. There is no difference because we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. While we all have fallen short, and we are all justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus
We have no redemption except that which come through Jesus and His death on the cross paying the price for our sins. We are justified and redeemed by His grace through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. It always comes back to the cross where Jesus paid the price for our sins. Always. Without this there is no justification,, nor any redemption.
It is though our faith in Jesus, our belief about His death on the cross and His resurrection on the third day that redeems us, saves us from hell. It is as “simple” as A, B, C. A – admitting we are sinners before and to God. B – believing Jesus paid the price for our sins on the cross and rose from the dead on the third day. C – call on Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We need Him. Without Him we have no salvation. Without Him we cannot be redeemed and justified. It cannot be done without Him.
Knowing this we turn to Him with great thankfulness and humility for He did for us what we could never do. As a result, we become citizens of heaven with earth only our temporary home.
Prayer: Heavenly Father – Thank You for Your mercy and grace You have granted us through Your Son. He paid the ransom for our sins, justifying us before you. We are eternally grateful. – In Jesus name. Amen.