June 27, 2022 – Monday
Romans 3:22-24 NIV
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.
Paul is writing about righteousness throughout this chapter. In verses 9-20, he writes about how, There is no one righteous, not even one at the beginning v10. Then at the end, v20, he provides this explanation, 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. The point being no one can keep all of the law and to break one of God’s laws is to break them all.
Then we have v21 which is an introduction to how we might obtain righteousness through faith, But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. And what is that? Let’s look at the next verse, 22a This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. And to make sure we know this applies to everyone Paul adds 2a 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.
Did you catch that? We are all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. His grace which is His unmerited favor, which comes through our redemption because of Christ Jesus. God’s grace is ours if only we will accept the salvation offered through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross paying the debt for all of our sins. There are no works we can do to obtain God’s grace. None. All we can do is have faith in Jesus, believe He died for our sins, admit our sins – repent of our sins, believe He rose on the third day, and call on Him as our Lord and Savior. It is because of that faith we are led by that faith to obedience as Romans 1:5 says, Through Him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for His name’s sake.
Think on the fact that God humbled Himself to take on the form of a man and then further humbled Himself to die on a cross so that we might have salvation. And it is available for everyone. That’s how great God’s love for us truly is.
Bottom Line: We have God’s unmerited favor or grace, and our lives are changed as a result when we accept His grace and believe. We used to be just like those who do not believe, who have been convinced what we know is real, is not real. Let us live in such a way as to convince them it is indeed real.
Prayer: Almighty God, Your grace and Your salvation through Your Son are so real. Give us the wisdom to share what You have so freely given. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton