I’ve been drawn towards the book of Romans for a couple of days now; you really need a couple of years to go through it though.
So, I’ve been reading and meditating on Romans 3 v 22 to 24 tonight.
If I were a betting man (which I am not) I would put money on the assumption that nearly all of you will have had Romans 3 v 23 preached to you from the pulpit more than once.
I have heard this verse many times, however not in the context of the verses either side of it.
Yes, we all have sinned; we were all born in sin with a sin nature.
However we no longer have a sin nature anymore and we no longer fall short of the glory of God.
In your spirit you are righteous (Romans 3 v 22) and justified (Romans 3 v 24) through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Because of His free gift of grace you have been justified; in the eyes of God it really is as if you had never sinned. God no longer sees or remembers your sin (Hebrews 10 v 17).
He sees you as perfect, holy and pure; created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4 v 24) and He sees you just like Jesus (1 John 4 v 17).
You are no longer a sinner; yes, you still sin but that is because of your unrenewed mind and not a sin nature. Your sin nature is dead and you are a new creature (2 Corinthians 5 v 17) with a perfect, holy and righteous nature.
You no longer fall short of the glory of God; you are now accepted by God because of your faith in Jesus and in His finished work.
That is an awesome truth that you need to focus on tonight!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that in your eyes I am righteous and justified”.
Romans 3 v 22 to 24…..Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus