The Free Grace of God-Romans 3:21-26

Romans 3:21-26 “But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”
Romani 3:21-26 “Ora però, indipendentemente dalla legge, è stata manifestata la giustizia di Dio, della quale danno testimonianza la legge e i profeti: 22 vale a dire la giustizia di Dio mediante la fede in Gesù Cristo, per tutti coloro che credono. Infatti non c’è distinzione: 23 tutti hanno peccato e sono privi della gloria di Dio, 24 ma sono giustificati gratuitamente per la sua grazia, mediante la redenzione che è in Cristo Gesù. 25 Dio lo ha prestabilito come sacrificio propiziatorio mediante la fede nel suo sangue, per dimostrare la sua giustizia, avendo usato tolleranza verso i peccati commessi in passato, 26 al tempo della sua divina pazienza; e per dimostrare la sua giustizia nel tempo presente affinché egli sia giusto e giustifichi colui che ha fede in Gesù.”
 
     In Romans 1, Paul lays out a logical argument that Gentiles have sinned by their own actions. In Romans 2, he continues his rhetoric with the logical argument that Jews have sinned by their disregard for the Law. In this section of chapter 3, Paul presents in logical succession God’s righteousness through Jesus in justifying all sinners (both Jew and Gentile). Justification is, in essence, God’s forensic declaration of righteousness to a believer by faith (v. 26) as a result of Christ’s righteousness. Paul continues to point out that even the prophets believed there would be a day when any suggestion of differences between ethnic, racial or religious backgrounds would be eradicated. The work of Christ eliminates any attempt to argue preferential treatment. The simple proof to this fact is that “all have sinned”. Because of the sin that began in Adam, all face the same judgment. Not only have all sinned but they also fall short of God’s glory. The words “fall short” is translated from one Greek word in the present tense and means to continually fall short.
     Just as sin affected all people, God’s justification is available to all people freely but it was paid for by the redemption of Jesus Christ in our stead. This was not done as a secret provision in a deal made behind closed doors. It was an open demonstration of God’s act of grace. It was the Old Testament system where the sacrifice was done within the confounds of the tabernacle but God declared His act of justice in the atonement of Jesus Christ as a visible and open path for all through faith. What a gracious God!
Pray with meLord, I am reminded once again how You paid the price for my redemption from sin. Help me to be thankful and faithfully praise You for the free grace of God in my life. 


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