Sometimes Paul, the apostle, just bursts out in a huge statement about who God is & what He's done for us.
He does that here in the 3rd chapter to the Christians in Rome.
Read this slowly, more than once, & let it sink in...
now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping
the requirements of the law,
as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago.
22 We are made right with God
by placing our faith in Jesus Christ.
And this is true for everyone who
no matter who we are
or what we have done.
23 For everyone has sinned;
we all fall short of God's glorious standard.
God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous.
this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our
25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for
People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus
sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.
This sacrifice shows that God
was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in
26 for he was looking ahead and including
them in what he would do in this present time.
God did this to
demonstrate his righteousness,
for he himself is fair and just,
declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.
we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God?
because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law.
It is based on
28 So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.
29 After all, is God the God of the Jews only?
Isn't he also the God of the Gentiles?
Of course he is.
30 There is only one God,
and he makes people right with himself only by faith,
whether they are Jews or Gentiles.
then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about
Of course not!
In fact, only when we have faith do we truly
fulfill the law.