After three chapters of brutally exposing our sin, at least Paul gives us a reason to be joyful: Jesus Christ has made it possible to have a right standing before God “for all who believe” the Gospel. (Rom. 3:22) The term “redemption” (v.24) brings up the idea of slaves being purchased and freed. Paul also describes God sending His Son as a “propitiation” (v.25) for us. This means that Jesus endured the wrath of God against sin in our place when He died on the cross. Because of the cross, our sin was dually punished, and yet we are simultaneously declared “not guilty” in God’s courtroom. This is how God can be both “just” and the “justifier” (v.26). Because of Jesus, both justice and salvation have been accomplished. Our hearts are moved as we marvel at a God whose wisdom provided a way to rescue guilty sinners without compromising His justice and holiness. We see a God rich in mercy to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to accomplish this salvation!
Questions for further thought:
1. How do you envision God? A cosmic killjoy out to ruin your fun or a merciful Father worthy of glory and honor?
2. What is your light meter this week? Do you need to review what lengths God has gone to bring you into relationship with Himself?
Challenge: Jesus wants us to have a humble heart that beats with a genuine love for God and compassion for others. Ask God to give you a heart for the things He loves.
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