Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Romans 3:24 is the verse from which this blog takes its name. When I started writing these posts several years ago, I thought for a while about what to call this blog and finally settled on “justified freely” because of the glorious truth it represents. To me, it is one of the most amazing thoughts and doctrines in the entire Bible. We will look at it today.
The definition of “justify” is this : “to judge, regard, or treat as righteous and worthy of salvation.” Let that definition sink in for a minute. That is what God has done for us. He has judged or regarded us as righteous and worthy of salvation. How is that even possible?
The previous verse (23) tells us “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” The entire passage before that, starting in verse 10, tells us just how unrighteous mankind is. But here the Bible tells us that we can be “justified freely,” despite all of that sin and unrighteousness. How can that be?
Simple: “…by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…” It’s that simple. We are justified, not by our own works, but by the grace of God through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Only through God’s grace and only through Jesus Christ can we find this free justification. We don’t deserve it, but He offers it to us freely! What a powerful doctrine and a powerful thought!