Devotions for April 24, 2017

Romans 3:19-26

19 Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. 20 For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.

Christ Took Our Punishment
21 But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses[a] and the prophets long ago. 22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, 26 for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.

BY HIS BLOOD

Paul places our source of righteousness squarely at the foot of the cross, where the Lamb of God paid our debt.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: How is God “just” by bringing righteousness through the death of His innocent and holy Son?

Q: How do you view righteousness? Is it something you feel you must accomplish on your own, or is it a position you find only through Christ?

Q: When sharing the Good News to others, why is it important to emphasize our helplessness in saving ourselves as Paul describes in Romans?

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