Agonizomai: Romans Chapter 3<br>God's Righteousness Supplied<br>The Core of God's Salvation

Monday, March 09, 2009

Romans Chapter 3
God's Righteousness Supplied
The Core of God's Salvation
Faith in Jesus Christ alone as the blood atonement for your sin.

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Romans 3:24-26…they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as an expiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins; it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies him who has faith in Jesus.

Let us be clear – the God who cannot look upon sin never winks at sin, nor does He ever excuse it. All sin must inevitably be punished by incurring His just and holy wrath. So, when it says that God’s righteousness is shown by His “passing over former sins” we had better be sure to clarify what that means. It does not mean that God remitted former sins, but that He forbore to punish them at that time. Remission of sins is not – it is never – through the forbearance of God.

Thus, though He did not appear to be righteous (it was not “manifest”) in passing over the sins of believers under the ancient economy, His righteousness is now manifested in providing remission through faith in His blood for both those who believed then, and those who come to believe in the church age. Ancient saints like Adam, Abraham and David are saved through faith – looking forward to the promise, and those since Christ are saved through faith looking backwards at its fulfillment.

The good news is that all of God’s people are justified through faith alone, by the grace of God alone which was fully manifested in Jesus Christ alone.


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