Wednesday, March 7, 2018 By Jorge Colon
Romans 3:25-26: …whom God put forward as a propitiation 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 show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be the just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
God’s standard of righteousness is far and above anything I could ever live up to. Through Christ, he has made known precisely how holy and fair he truly is. And yet, I fall short constantly. For this reason, God is perfectly just in send me (along with the rest of the world) straight to hell.
But… “Because of his divine forbearance he has passed over former sins.” Praise God! I am made clean!
He has shown his righteousness in that he has justified me, not arbitrarily or because of anything I have done, but because of the atoning blood of Jesus who paid the price for my sin. In this, God remains perfectly just. My sin does not go unpunished. Rather, Jesus paid the price for my sin (death), and I have received his righteousness in return. Though God himself is just, and I cannot live up to his standard, he is also the one who justifies me.
What is even more amazing is that he shows patience and restraint (forbearance) towards me. He isn’t passing over my sin with bitterness or anger as though I found a loophole in his plan and he wishes he could punish me further. No, Jesus’ blood covers all my sin, and God delights in forgiving me and bringing me close to himself.
Now I no longer have to timidly approach him when I sin. I can come to God openly and in awe of him, knowing that he has already forgiven me and finds favor with me because I am in Christ. I can rest in this reality and be joyful because my Father finds joy in forgiving me.