Rom 3:23-26 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 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.”
Sin entered into the world by the transgression of Adam in the garden. Every human being since Adam has (and is) sinning. For however many generations there may yet be upon the earth, mankind will continue to sin in this life. There is no exception to this outside of Jesus Christ, and He became sin for us.
We have all come short of the glory of God. This does not simply mean that we have not attained to His glory. As it is used here, the phrase “come short” means to be inferior to. At our very best, we are inferior to God’s glory. We have nothing in ourselves that we can claim to recommend us to Him.
Here we now see the wondrous work of God. We are freely justified by His grace. It is not by the law or by any effort on our part. We are bombarded in today with advertisements of “free” gifts: then the sponsor proceeds to tell us what small thing we must do to receive that gift. If we have to do anything to get it, then it is not really free.
God does not do anything by half measures. Since the scripture tells us that we are freely justified, we can rest assured that God has not required anything of us in order to receive this justification. It comes to us by His grace. We receive through unmerited favor from the hand of God our Father.
Even free gifts do not just magically appear. There has to be an avenue by which the gift is provided. A friend may hand it to us or it may come in the mail. The avenue by which our free justification by grace comes is in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. It is free, and that is why you do not see man’s work being invoked in any of these scriptures.
We did not even ask for Jesus to come. God the Father determined (set forth) that Jesus would be the atoning victim (see Strong’s definition of “propitiation”) by His confidence in the power of the blood of Jesus. All of this declares His righteousness, even to the covering of sins that have already been committed. By God’s self-restraint, the blood of Christ made righteous all of His from Adam to the end of the world.
When we are blessed to see the redemption in Christ’s blood, then we know that our justification was freely given us by the atonement of Jesus. It cost us nothing because we had nothing to offer in payment. This blessed truth still declares today the righteousness of God. The redemptive work of Jesus shows that God is just and that He is the justifier. Our faith in Jesus demands that we give God the praise for all that He has freely given us through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
May we be blessed to truly understand that Jesus paid it all!