“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”Romans 3:23-24
In fact, this exercise in futility shows us that the problem is deeper than we first realized. The problem isn’t only that we’re more sinful than good. The law shows us we’re sinners by nature. “There is no one righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10). But God made a way both to satisfy His justice and mercifully declare us righteous. God’s justice and God’s mercy meet in Christ. It’s the great exchange! Christ took our sins upon Himself and was punished in our place. In return, we’re declared righteous by faith in Jesus. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe (see Romans 3:22).
“By faith Christ changes places with us. He gets our sins; we get His holiness.” (Martin Luther, 1535)
Bible In A Year
- Jeremiah 5-6
- Psalm 106
- Romans 3-4