I read a passage of Scripture today that caused my heart to rejoice! It is an interesting passage because, first of all, it passes sentence on all humanity, finding them guilty before God! But it also declares God’s wonderful solution, that those who are guilty can be “right with God” – declared righteous – through faith in Jesus Christ and what He did on our behalf!
Here is a summary/excerpt of the passage taken right out of the Bible…
“ALL, both Jews and Greeks (gentiles), are under sin! … NONE is righteous, no, not one! No one understands; no one seeks for God! All have turned aside… No one des good, not even one! … There is no fear of God before their eyes! … Every mouth is stopped and the whole world is held accountable to God!
“BUT NOW the righteousness of God has been manifested – The righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe! For there is no distinction: (Since) all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God – all can be justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus! … Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded! … For we hold that on is justified (made right/righteous by faith, apart from works!” (from Romans 3:9-31)
Oh what wonderful good news! Our human dilemma… Sin, cared for – provided for by God’s provision through Christ Jesus. Everyone needs forgiveness! Everyone needs cleansing! Everyone needs salvation! And it is available to ALL through faith in Jesus! What a message! What a provision! Thanks be to God through our Lord Jesus Christ!