Today in Sunday School, we read and discussed Romans 3. This text is packed with great scripture. The verse that most people recognize from this text is Romans 3:23.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
You can’t stop there. You have to continue reading through the end of the chapter.
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:23-26)
First off in the previous 2 chapters and the first 20 verses of chapter 3. Paul writes about the sinfulness of man. He writes that none will be held innocent. All will be found guilty. How can this be so? What about the person who never is told of God or Jesus, or the law. Well, they have invisible attributes of God in creation and their conscience leading them to the knowledge of God.
Our sinfulness demands justice be done.
But… God provided an out. God has provided rightousness that comes from faith.
Jesus who was perfect, obeyed the law fully. Then Christ died in our place, with all our sins upon Him. He died such a violent death because of our sin. He had to die this way to satisfy God’s wrath.
Often, I think that my testimony isn’t that great. I hear of others who were running as far away from God as they could. They tell these great stories of how God broke them, and then lifted them back up.
My testimony is no different. I was an enemy of God before he broke me. Sin is sin is sin. To God, we have all offended Him. I was raised in the church. I had the Bible read to me and then entrusted to me. Yet still, I was an enemy.
But… God loved me. He sent Jesus with one goal…to die in my place. I am saved from God’s wrath “not that (I) we loved God, but that He loved (me)us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for (my)our sins.(1 John 4:10)
We should be shouting it at every opportunity. God loved me. He loves all. He wants a relationship with all. No one will be found innocent unless you have had your sins washed in Christ’s blood. The good news is that All have the same forgiveness and grace.