Where is Boasting?

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 justifer of him which believeth in Jesus.  Where is boasting then?  It is excluded.  By what law? of works?  Nay: but by the law of faith.  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Romans 3:24-28

After having learned of God’s wonderful plan for our salvation, we come to verses 27 and 28.  We can be justified freely.  We can have the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ on our account simply through faith in Him.

Since that is true, “Where is boasting then?”  When God has done everything to justify us and all we have to do is accept His sacrifice, what place do we have to boast?  What can we say?

If we were told to work for our salvation or that our salvation would come through a diligent keeping of the law, we might have room for pride.  We might work hard and be tempted to look at all that we had done to earn our salvation.  But, since we cannot work for nor earn our salvation, we have no reason to be boastful nor proud.

Faith seems to be such a simple thing.  Jesus died for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day.  If we believe in Him and accept what He has done for us, He freely gives us salvation.  We didn’t earn it.  We didn’t work for it.  We didn’t deserve it.  He gave it to us “freely.”  Instead of being filled with pride, let us be filled with thankfulness and gratitude!

 

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