But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:21-24 NIV
- God brings righteousness. One of the things I love most that I learned in seminary is the Greek for “faith in Jesus Christ” in this verse can just as easily be translated “faithfulness of Jesus Christ.” Righteousness comes to those who believe because of the faithfulness of Jesus Christ in his birth, life, death, and resurrection. Salvation is not dependent on me. It is dependent solely on Jesus.
- God is more glorious (amazing, incredible, perfect, righteous) than the most incredible person alive.
- God’s righteousness makes people who are unrighteous righteous. God reaches out and pulls us forward into righteousness with Him/Her. It’s like how Jesus’ touch healed people when he was physically alive in a human body. God’s touch makes us righteous. When God touches us, we heal.
- I am saved by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. He brings me through death and leads me into life. I died with Him, and now He lives in me. He brings me through death into life daily, and I am so grateful for that.
- When God makes me righteous, I get to be glorious like God. When I think of John 17:9-10, “I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them.” Glory comes to Jesus Christ through me. That is the greatest privilege that I will ever know.
- I get to become like God. Act like God; talk like God; love like God.