“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 3:23-24 NIV
Not too long ago, my wife, Anna, and I were going through some of our book shelves doing some cleaning. We came across a tin can that had not been opened in a very long time. To our surprise, we found some old S&H Green Stamps. Some of you may remember that Anna posted on Facebook about our discovery. Well, we just stuck them back into the can and put it back on the shelf. We don’t have enough to do redeem them for merchandise so they will stay in the can until they fall apart. Our inheritance to our kids. Your welcome.
The first verse above is very familiar to everyone (I think) so I want to go to the second verse and look at some key words that are there…justified, grace and redemption.
The word “justified” (in this context) means “declared or made righteous in the sight of God.” Wait a minute. Didn’t he just say that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God? Yet he says that we are all justified freely. Here’s what I believe this is what we must understand…Yes we are sinners, yes we are separated from God because of our sin yet God choose to “justify” us and make us “just as if I’d never sinned.” How is that possible? It’s called GRACE.
This word, grace, has been alliterate as “God’s Richs At Christ’s Expense.” Another way to understand this word is “Grace is God’s favor given to those who trust in Jesus.” Ephesians 2:8 puts it this way, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” This grace is given to all who will come to God believing that “God loved them so much that He gave his one and only Son (Jesus) that we should not perish eternally.” So how did this grace come to be made available to all (even you)? By redemption.
Like with the S&H Green Stamps which were given to purchase an item so Jesus gave his life on the cross to “redeem” you and me from an eternity in hell. The writer above says that this justification comes through God’s grace through the redemption of Jesus. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins so that we could be made “righteous” in God’s sight. It’s because of the blood of Jesus’ sacrifice that paid the debt that you and I could never pay.
Have you placed your faith in the one who has paid the price for your redemption? If not and you would like more information on how to be saved just leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible. If you would like to follow my blog, just click the “follow” button below and you will be sent a notice when I update my page. Remember, God’s grace is free to all who will believe. That’s my POINT for today. God bless.