BCL Grow: Justice and Love — Romans 3:23-26
Romans 3:23-26 (Justification)
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…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. — Romans 3:23-26
“Second, the cross reveals a way of forgiveness consistent with the justice of God. How can God be just and do anything other than condemn the sinner? He provided a way out by having the judge stand in the place of the condemned.” — Will Metzger, Tell the Truth: The Whole Gospel to the Whole Person by Whole People, p. 68.
Steps to Take
1. Reflect: Consider what it means that God is just. How can such a perfectly just God forgive our sins?
2. Remember: Sin requires judgment—just judgment. The penalty for sin is death— eternal death. The wages of sin must be paid. Yet God is also perfectly loving—in fact he is love. God’s justice and his love perfectly come together at the cross of Jesus Christ. Christ Jesus paid the price, the penalty of death, to satisfy the justice of God. Christ took on himself the penalty we deserve—he died in our place bearing the full weight of God’s justice. God so loved his people that he did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us.
3. Rejoice: The Judge himself, Christ Jesus, died to satisfy God’s justice. Rejoice that by faith in Christ Jesus you have such a loving Savior and Lord. In gratitude delight to follow him who gave himself for you.