The Righteousness of God

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all them that believe: for there is no difference

Romans 3:21-22

This is a pivotal passage in the Scripture.  After spending several verses detailing just how far man is from God and how that there are no righteous men at all, we come to these verses.  If we stopped at verse 20, what a sad a demoralizing ending we would have.  But the passage does not stop there.  It goes on to tell us of the wonderful story of God’s redemptive plan for mankind.  “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God…”  Man has no righteousness of his own.  Man is hopelessly lost in his own sin.  But God has perfect righteousness.  And God made a way for man, through Jesus Christ, to have that perfect righteousness of God Himself!  It is almost too wonderful to believe.  If it were not written in the pages of the Bible, we probably wouldn’t believe that God would make His own righteousness available to us.

What must we do to claim this perfect righteousness?  Surely it would cost us a great deal and we would surely be willing to pay whatever it cost.  But here it gets even better – “…the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe…”

The perfect righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ.  And who can have this righteousness?  “All them that believe.”  I think that it is important for us to dwell on these verses and meditate on them from time to time, just to remind ourselves what a wonderful Saviour we have!

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