We have been looking at Romans, especially from 3:20 to 5:2, and have briefly touched upon the incredibly important teaching on the subject of a person’s salvation there. Allow me to enter some excerpts here from the portion we have already covered, 3:20-26:
“No one will be declared righteous in His sight by observing the Law; rather, through the Law we become conscious of sin. But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. All have sinned…, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ. God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood… so as to be… the One who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”
It plainly states that you will never be declared good enough for the kingdom by God by trying to keep His Law. His Law only shows us that we are sinners. I broke all His Commandments! But now, I can receive God’s very own perfect righteousness, and be justified, or declared ‘not gulity’ and ‘good enough’ by God because He paid my redemption price for me when He sacrificed His own Son, Jesus Christ, on the Cross at Calvary to bleed and die for my sins. Messiah was the only Innocent One who could bleed and die for my sins, the redemption price that God required.
Paul concludes his point about this with verses 27-31 in Romans chapter 3. Please read it. There he states that no person can have any grounds for boasting about having saved themselves by perfectly keeping God’s Law. His point here is that it is not by doing good that one is saved, but that God applies the payment price of Christ’s sacrificial death and blood as our personal redemption price for our sins, and then declares an individual to be righteous, and good enough for his Kingdom. He credits His own perfect righteousness to their personal account with Him. He does this for us freely by His grace, as an unmertited favor, a totally undeserved gift!
Jesus Christ is my sacrifice of atonement, affecting for me my redemption for my sins against God. Now, I have been justified by God. He has declared me no longer guilty of having broken His Law, and has credited to my account His very own perfect righteousness, that I might enter into His Kingdom for all eternity!
What makes this real? How does this happen? I wrote, in the end of my fourth installment, these words: “[T]he purpose, the reason for it all, is so that you might BELIEVE.
Keep that word in mind, because, ultimately, as I will show, that will mean everything. Everything! You must come to the place where you truly believe. It is what you believe that will mean everything, and make all the difference in your present life here on earth, and where you will spend eternity! And it begins right here… learning how to read, understand and believe the real message of the God of the Bible.”
It comes down to this matter of believing, and if you paid any real attention at all to what we have looked at in Romans 3:20-26, you have already seen it 4 times in the words ‘faith’ and ‘believe’. Go back up and reread the quoted passage and look for those two words there. Read it out loud to yourself and emphasize them for your better understanding.
Verses 27 and 28 state this outright: “Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the Law? No, but on that of faith. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the Law.”
He says it again in verse 30: “[T]here is only one God, who will justify the circumcised (Jews) by faith and the uncircumcised (gentiles, like me) through that same faith.”
Because we want to get all the way to Paul’s concluding statement about this matter, we’ll have another installment for the purpose of covering Romans chapter 4, where Paul defends his thesis, proving his point, from the Old Testament scriptures.
Salvation from the penalty for your sins is through the redemption price paid by God for you. He sacrificed His own Son, the Messiah, Jesus Christ, to bleed and die on the Cross. This redemption price is credited to your account, and His own perfect righteousness is put on your ledger with God when He justifies you, declaring you no longer guilty, but righteous. All this takes place when you truly believe God’s Good News. This is called salvation by God’s grace, through your faith alone!
It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F. Crowell