No Difference

Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God

Romans 3:20-23

In this passage we find a small phrase that I think we need to notice.  It is found at the end of verse 22: “…for there is no difference.”  That is an important phrase for Christians and for those who would be Christians.  There are two areas mentioned in this text in which “there is no difference.”

The first thing that we all have in common is the fact that we have no righteousness on our own.  Verses 10-20 make that abundantly clear.  None of us are righteous and none of us have our own righteousness.  Verse 23 repeats this for us: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”  We are all sinners.

The second thing that we all have in common (as Christians) is the fact that we have the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ: “…the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference.”  We all have the same Saviour and the same faith in Him.  There is no difference between Christians.

This is a glorious truth.  We all come to Jesus Christ in the way.  The circumstances surrounding it may be different, but we come in faith and receive the same righteousness – “upon all them that believe.”  What a wonderful Saviour!

 

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