Justified by faith…

Romans 3:21-31

But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,  to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.  Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

The law, the prophets were witnesses to the righteousness of God.  What set the Jewish people apart from the rest was the covenant reached between God and Abraham, with the sign of circumcision to seal it.  That covenant promised that mankind would be redeemed back to a right relationship with God.  It promised redemption from the sin that had entered our world.  It has been established that we are all sinners, regardless of whether we are from the Jew or from the Gentile and God of the Jew is God of all he has created.  In that place we all need redemption.  The law defines sin, circumcision is the sign that God has promised redemption and it would come through the Jewish people.  However, we are all still left with a need for redemption from sin until we accept, through faith, the promise fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  All of mankind, all of God’s creation, requires redemption to enter once again into a right relationship with Him.  He has provided that as promised through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Justified through faith is the summative statement for this passage.   We are cleansed from the curse of sin and given the righteousness of God to life eternal that begins now.  We are empowered with the ability to live the righteous life through the gift of salvation and the Holy Spirit. JustifiedJust as if we had not sinned.   All of this is based on faith, and it is the application of faith that makes it possible.  Faith began with the law and the promise in circumcision and continues with belief that Jesus is the Christ.  So with the coming of Jesus, the law and the promise were validated and now the new covenant with God is possible.  We can be justified through faith, through believing what God has said, has done, what God is saying, is doing, and what he will say and will do.  Are we thankful?  Are we exercising faith and believing?  Can that be seen in our lives?  Take away; Lets be grateful for the fulfilled promise, exercise our faith and receive the righteousness of God.  In this we cannot boast for it is not of our doing, he did it for us.  So then let’s boast in Him.  Isn’t He great?  Doesn’t He deserve our thanks and praise?  He could have just walked away and left us in our sin, in darkness.  He didn’t.  He loved us enough to redeem us and bring us to light, out of sin.  “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”  but are “justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” and  “man is justified by faith“. 

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