The Righteousness of God in Christ (Rom. 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.”

Up to this section in Romans, Paul has spent considerable time to show that all humanity has fallen into sin. He points out that both Jew and Gentile equally are unrighteous before God. Now he concludes his argument like a good lawyer by giving his closing statement.
 
Is there any hope for the unrighteous? Paul asserts that the righteousness of God has been made known through the prophecy of the Law and the Prophets. No one has a special position with God in this order of righteousness. It comes through faith in Jesus Christ. Since all are “under sin” (3:9), salvation is available “to all” on an equal basis. Not only did all sin, but all also fall short. The phrase “fall short” is written in present tense to show us continuous action. In other words, man keeps on falling short of the glory of God. Likewise, because of the grace received freely through the redemption of Jesus Christ, we are justified (or continually declared righteous). Notice that justification is free (no charge). In God’s court, your sin is on trial; but through Jesus Christ’s redemption, He declares you innocent (forgiven of your sin).
 
Why would God do this for the depraved man? Paul says it twice in v. 25-26. It was to demonstrate His justice. Christ’s death vindicated God’s own righteousness and enables God to declare every sinner in His court righteous. Let no one say that God is unjust!
 
Pray with me
Lord, I stand before You knowing that You are a righteous judge who presides over my life. Help me to remember Your great gift: You set me free and see me as righteous before You.


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