Letter to Christians in Rome: Chapter 3 (pt 6 of 6)

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[Oops, I miscounted, instead of 5 parts of chapter 3, there are six. So here is the final post of this chapter]

Okay Paul, why in the world would God do this?

God has done this to demonstrate his righteousness both by the wiping out of the sins of the past (the time when he withheld his hand), and by showing in the present time that he is a just God and the he justifies every man who has faith in Jesus Christ. —Romans 3:26

Don’t argue with me about it! God is the one who set it into action and saw it to its completion. If you don’t like it, take it up with him. As J.B. Phillips renders that last clause, “everyone falls short of the beauty of God’s plan” That lays the basis for redemption.

What happens now to human pride of achievement? There is no room for it. Why, because failure to keep the Law has killed it? Not at all, but because the whole matter is now on a different plane—believing instead of achieving. We see now that a man is justified before God by the fact of his faith in God’s appointed Savior and not by what he has managed to achieve under the Law. —Romans 3:27-28

Now God declares us not guilty of offending him if we trust in Jesus Christ, who in his kindness freely takes away our sins. God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to end all his anger against us. He used Christ’s blood and our faith as the means of saving us from the punishment of our sins.

Jesus has fulfilled all the demands of justice. God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin. Having faith in him sets us in the clear. God decided the course of action in full view of every one involved–including the demons of Hell—he set the world clear with himself through the sacrifice of Jesus, finally taking care of the sins he had so patiently endured. This is not only clear, but it is now—this is current history! God set things right. He also makes it possible for us to live in his righteousness.

People say, “We have to make peace with our Maker . . .” Hey! He’s already made the peace—he ain’t angry with you, he loves you and has set before you the opportunity to choose life or to choose death—the decision is in your hands, now.

Some now ask, “Isn’t this unfair for God to let us go free, and say that we are innocent?” No, because he does it based on our trust in Jesus who took away our sins. How much easier could he have made it?

So what can we boast about doing, to earn our salvation? Absolutely nothing at all. Why? Because our acquittal is not based on our performance, it is based on what Christ has done and our faith in him. The point is, God does not respond to what we do; we respond to what God has done. We have finally figured it out. Our lives get in step with God and all others by letting him set the pace, not by proudly or even anxiously trying to run the parade.

If interested, you can download the entire study of The Letter to Christians at Rome


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