Bible: Rom 3:21-5:21

3:21 But now 1  apart from the law the righteousness of God (which is attested by the law and the prophets) 2  has been disclosed 3:22 namely, the righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ 3  for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. 3:24 But they are justified 4  freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. 3:25 God publicly displayed 5  him 6  at his death 7  as the mercy seat 8  accessible through faith. 9  This was to demonstrate 10  his righteousness, because God in his forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed. 11  3:26 This was 12  also to demonstrate 13  his righteousness in the present time, so that he would be just 14  and the justifier of the one who lives because of Jesusfaithfulness. 15 

3:27 Where, then, is boasting? 16  It is excluded! By what principle? 17  Of works? No, but by the principle of faith! 3:28 For we consider that a person 18  is declared righteous by faith apart from the works of the law. 19  3:29 Or is God the God of the Jews only? Is he not the God of the Gentiles too? Yes, of the Gentiles too! 3:30 Since God is one, 20  he will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 3:31 Do we then nullify 21  the law through faith? Absolutely not! Instead 22  we uphold the law.

The Illustration of Justification

4:1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh, 23  has discovered regarding this matter? 24  4:2 For if Abraham was declared righteous 25  by the works of the law, he has something to boast about – but not before God. 4:3 For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited 26  to him as righteousness.” 27  4:4 Now to the one who works, his pay is not credited due to grace but due to obligation. 28  4:5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in the one who declares the ungodly righteous, 29  his faith is credited as righteousness.

4:6 So even David himself speaks regarding the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

4:7Blessed 30  are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered;

4:8 blessed is the one 31  against whom the Lord will never count 32  sin.” 33 

4:9 Is this blessedness 34  then for 35  the circumcision 36  or also for 37  the uncircumcision? For we say, “faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness.” 38  4:10 How then was it credited to him? Was he circumcised at the time, or not? No, he was not circumcised but uncircumcised! 4:11 And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised, 39  so that he would become 40  the father of all those who believe but have never been circumcised, 41  that they too could have righteousness credited to them. 4:12 And he is also the father of the circumcised, 42  who are not only circumcised, but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham possessed when he was still uncircumcised. 43 

4:13 For the promise 44  to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not fulfilled through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 4:14 For if they become heirs by the law, faith is empty and the promise is nullified. 45  4:15 For the law brings wrath, because where there is no law there is no transgression 46  either. 4:16 For this reason it is by faith so that it may be by grace, 47  with the result that the promise may be certain to all the descendants – not only to those who are under the law, but also to those who have the faith of Abraham, 48  who is the father of us all 4:17 (as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations). 49  He is our father 50  in the presence of God whom he believed – the God who 51  makes the dead alive and summons the things that do not yet exist as though they already do. 52  4:18 Against hope Abraham 53  believed 54  in hope with the result that he became the father of many nations 55  according to the pronouncement, 56 so will your descendants be.” 57  4:19 Without being weak in faith, he considered 58  his own body as dead 59  (because he was about one hundred years old) and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 4:20 He 60  did not waver in unbelief about the promise of God but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God. 4:21 He was 61  fully convinced that what God 62  promised he was also able to do. 4:22 So indeed it was credited to Abraham 63  as righteousness.

4:23 But the statement it was credited to him 64  was not written only for Abraham’s 65  sake, 4:24 but also for our sake, to whom it will be credited, those who believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 4:25 He 66  was given over 67  because of our transgressions and was raised for the sake of 68  our justification. 69 

The Expectation of Justification

5:1 70 Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have 71  peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 5:2 through whom we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice 72  in the hope of God’s glory. 5:3 Not 73  only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 5:4 and endurance, character, and character, hope. 5:5 And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God 74  has been poured out 75  in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

5:6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 5:7 (For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.) 76  5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 5:9 Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous 77  by his blood, 78  we will be saved through him from God’s wrath. 79  5:10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by his life? 5:11 Not 80  only this, but we also rejoice 81  in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.

The Amplification of Justification

5:12 So then, just as sin entered the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all people 82  because 83  all sinned 5:13 for before the law was given, 84  sin was in the world, but there is no accounting for sin 85  when there is no law. 5:14 Yet death reigned from Adam until Moses even over those who did not sin in the same way that Adam (who is a type 86  of the coming one) transgressed. 87  5:15 But the gracious gift is not like the transgression. 88  For if the many died through the transgression of the one man, 89  how much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one man Jesus Christ multiply to the many! 5:16 And the gift is not like the one who sinned. 90  For judgment, resulting from the one transgression, 91  led to condemnation, but 92  the gracious gift from the many failures 93  led to justification. 5:17 For if, by the transgression of the one man, 94  death reigned through the one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, Jesus Christ!

5:18 Consequently, 95  just as condemnation 96  for all people 97  came 98  through one transgression, 99  so too through the one righteous act 100  came righteousness leading to life 101  for all people. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man 102  many 103  were made sinners, so also through the obedience of one man 104  many 105  will be made righteous. 5:20 Now the law came in 106  so that the transgression 107  may increase, but where sin increased, grace multiplied all the more, 5:21 so that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace will reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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