But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it- 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Imagine sinking in quick sand with no one to help and nothing to grab to pull yourself out. You will sink and die. Every person is in that predicament. All are sinking in sin and cannot get out by their own effort. Just as a person sinking in quick sand needs someone to save him, so those who are sinking in sin need a savior – that Savior is Jesus Christ.
Jesus saved people by releasing them from sin (redeeming them). He saved people by becoming a propitiation by His blood shed on the cross. A propitiation is “the removal of an impediment to a relationship with God.” Jesus paid the penalty of sin, the impediment that kept all people from an eternal relationship with God. By believing in Jesus Christ a person is made righteous as a gift, a gift given by God’s grace (something that is not earned or deserved).
Everyone in a local church is on level ground. Everyone needs to be saved from their sin and no one deserves to be saved. No one can do anything to be saved by themselves. The ground is level at the foot of the cross.
God is just. He must punish sin. He paid the penalty for sin on the cross even though He was not guilty. He loved people enough to die for them. He is just and He is the justifier because no one could save themselves.
No one in the local church needs feel inferior or superior. Each person is to serve the other. Each person is equally loved by God. Jesus gave His life for every person in the local church.
No matter who you are, what you have done, what has been done to you Jesus loves you!
Jesus has made a way for you to be saved. Received Him as your Lord today.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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