Daily Read - 1 Chronicles 22:1-23:32; Romans 3:9-31; Psalm 12:1-8; Proverbs 19:13-14
This portion of scripture speaks to the very heart of our salvation. You can't help wanting to jump up and shout as you read these verses. This is rich manna for you to feast on today, so give yourself extra time to digest each nugget of written truth. Ask the Holy Spirit to bring revelation to you illuminating those areas where you have lacked understanding and watch the mystery get solved. Allow the Word of God speak for itself!
Be Blessed and Shout!
22 Namely, the righteousness of God which comes by believing with personal trust and confident reliance on Jesus Christ (the Messiah). [And it is meant] for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 23 Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives.
24 [All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,
25 Whom God put forward [before the eyes of all] as a mercy seat and propitiation by His blood [the cleansing and life-giving sacrifice of atonement and reconciliation, to be received] through faith.
This was to show God's righteousness, because in His divine forbearance
He had passed over and ignored former sins without punishment.
26 It was to demonstrate and prove at the present time (in the now season) that
He Himself is righteous and that He justifies and accepts as righteous him who has [true] faith in Jesus.
27 Then what becomes of [our] pride and [our] boasting? It is excluded (banished, ruled out entirely).
On what principle? [On the principle] of doing good deeds? No, but on the principle of faith.
28 For we hold that a man is justified and made upright by faith independent of and distinctly apart from good deeds (works of the Law). [The observance of the Law has nothing to do with justification.]
29 Or is God merely [the God] of Jews? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also,
30 Since it is one and the same God Who will justify the circumcised by faith [which germinated from Abraham] and the uncircumcised through their [newly acquired] faith.
[For it is the same trusting faith in both cases, a firmly relying faith in Jesus Christ].