Saturday, September 05, 2009
Faith in Jesus Christ
21 But now the righteousness of God 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 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.
Romans 3:21-26, New King James Version
Faith in Jesus Christ
The verses shown above from Romans 3, give us perhaps the most succinct presentation of the Gospel than any other place in Scripture. The Law of Moses was given to the Jews to show them what was needed to live a life of perfections. The only problem, however, was that no one could keep the law perfectly. Because our righteous God required absolute righteousness from His people, not one person was qualified.
As was stated in verse 23, just as it was true for the people of that day, so it is also true for us, no matter who we are, what race we are, or our earthly status, all have sinned and thus come short of the glory of God. The problem with us is that we tend to compare ourselves with one another. We are not so bad; we are not an ax murderer! However, we must compare ourselves with God; who can attain unto His glory and holiness?
God could have left us in that state and banished us all for eternity, however, He chose to send Jesus Christ, His only Son, to take on the form of a man, live among the people, and then shed His righteous blood to propitiate (remove the wrath of God) our sins, so that Christ's blood covers our sins from God's view. When God looks upon Christians, He only sees the righteous blood of Christ.
What is the price we must pay? Salvation cannot be bought; it only requires faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith that we have sinned and cannot come near to God in our sinfulness, faith that Jesus Christ is God, who as a man purchased our salvation through His blood, and faith that He will pardon our sins through His work alone, is all that is required.
Oh what a Savior we have! Why did God do such a thing? I do not think we will ever know. But, I do know that, as Christians, Christ loves us with an unchangeable love and will bring us safely into His kingdom to live with Him forever.
Amen! So come quickly, Lord Jesus!
God Bless You,