“But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed”
Since all have broken the holy law of God, all are liable to death. Death is theirs by merit. Death is the due wage of sin (Romans 6:23).
Full payment is due God. Physical, spiritual, and eternal death are the due wages of sin.
Man, left to himself, can never attain the righteousness that God’s holiness demands in His law. He cannot obtain the righteousness of God through obedience to God’s law.
How can God remain absolutely just and yet declare a man to be righteous?
Another way of putting it is “How can God be both just and also be the justifier of man?” (Romans 3:26)
Or, how is the righteousness of God revealed to man?
Paul declares that the righteousness of God is revealed apart from works of the law by sinners.
It is revealed through faith in Jesus Christ. It does not matter who has faith in Christ. All who believe on Jesus Christ receive the righteousness of God.
“Even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe.” (Romans 3:22)
Jesus Christ is the solution to man’s dilemma.
What man could not do under the weight of God’s holy law, Christ did.
He suffered the penalty of death for sinners and kept the law of God perfectly for sinners.
But for which sinners? All sinners?
No, Paul declared that Christ Jesus did this for all who have faith in Jesus Christ. Paul declares that all who have genuine faith in Christ Jesus are united to Christ. They are “in Christ Jesus”. They are covenantally united to Christ by the Covenant of Grace. Christ is their federal representative. What He earns and merits is credited to all who are in union with Him.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1-4)
It is by Christ’s living and dying that we are saved from our sins and have eternal life.
Two things must be done for God to be just in saving sinners:
- The demands of the law must be completely obeyed
- The penalty of God’s broken law must be paid
This is the gospel: Christ did it all!
It is marvelous in our eyes!
Written by: Mr. Terry Miller
(All quotes from the NKJV unless otherwise stated.)