Summary of Our Salvation Through Faith in Christ
Last week we focused on Paul’s summary of how we may obtain righteousness. God’s solution solved all the problems of getting to heaven that Paul outlined in the earlier chapters of Romans. Which explained why Paul’s summary was long and wordy. Paul put the whole solution out on the table knowing he’s going to explain each part in detail in coming chapters. So let’s run through the summary quickly looking at it as a road-map for where we are going.
First, in verse 21 Paul says the solution is “apart from the Law.” So therefore we can expect Paul to explain more about the relationship between God’s law and our salvation. Since he said salvation is not a part of law. Secondly, Paul says the Continue reading
We Are Justified By The Righteousness of God
All men and women are under bondage to sin, in debt to God’s court for our lifetime of sin. That debt must be paid or else a verdict of innocence would be a miscarriage of justice. We know God is perfect, without sin Himself, and therefore He can only declare us innocent of our sin should our debt be paid. Paul says our justification is legally possible because Christ paid our price redeeming us from the penalty we rightly deserved.
Romans 3:21-26 (NKJV) **
God’s Righteousness Through Faith
21 But now God’s righteousness apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely (it’s a gift) by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 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, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Continue reading
Through Our faith In Jesus Christ –
We Are Counted Righteous By God
So Paul is teaching that our solution to reaching heaven is by obtaining the righteousness of God. But naturally, the next question we should ask is how does one obtain God’s perfection, especially after we’ve already lived a life of sin? How is this even possible? The detail explanation to those questions are found in chapters 4 and 5 of Romans which we will explore in upcoming posts, but for now we have Paul summarizing the answer in Part 3 of the seven parts of the passage we began with in the previous post. Here it is again to refresh our memories. Continue reading
The Righteousness of God
We were born with a spiritual birth defect, and this defect must be corrected before we can enjoy fellowship with God. The problem (birth defect) is our sin nature, which produces our sinful actions. We inherit our sin nature from our parents, who inherited it from their parents, and so on. We all descended from a common ancestor who passed along his sinful nature through reproduction by placing all humanity in our common predicament of sin with all its horrible consequences. And unless and until we correct our sin nature, we cannot reach the standard of perfection required by God. Continue reading