Friday, March 9, 2018 By David Macnider
Romans 3: 21-26: But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Prophets bear witness to it – the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 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 pass over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
What is faith to you? Is it about belief? Is it about trust? As Christians, what is faith?
Paul really begins his letter to the Romans addressing this topic. After a semi-brief introduction, Paul prefaces his audience with this idea of faith. He says, “For in it [the gospel] the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith” (Rom 1: 17).
He then directs his reader’s attention to the fallen state of mankind and their need for the gospel. He states that man was meant to know God and even more so glorify and show gratitude to him (Rom 1:21). However, mankind has failed at all of these things and therefore has been given over (by God) to their sinful ways.
Paul pushes the point further as he quotes the Psalms; “There is no one righteous, not even one. There is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.” (Rom 3:10-11)
Directing the readers attention to the Law, Paul declares that no human being has achieved righteousness through it (Rom 3:20). So then, how does one attain righteousness? It is through faith.
We Christians profess faith in Romans 3: 21-26. We are putting our faith in Jesus Christ. Our faith is quite literally ‘in Christ’. These passages proclaim the realities of a child of God. That though we were far off, Christ died to save the ungodly and it is through him that we have right standing with God.
So, what is the Christian faith? It is a response to salvation. Brothers, sisters, you have righteousness because of Christ. Let that shape your character, let that shape your relationship with God, let that shape the way you view yourself. Romans 1:21 declares that man was meant to know God, glorify God and show gratitude to him. All of these things are met in Jesus.