Re:Verse reading–Romans 3:21-31 (day seven)
“But now a righteousness from God. . .has been made known. . . [which] comes through faith in Jesus Christ”–v 21-22. For three chapters, Paul has described what “was”. A sad picture. Honest. Hard to hear. The fair judgement of God on the human race. Gentiles. Jews. “But now” he says with great energy and excitement! Something new. The righteousness of God. That righteousness that God intrinsically has. That righteousness that He requires of all who would be part of His Kingdom.
The riddle is solved! (Mercy offered) How could God be merciful to people who did not deserve it? How could He love those who had not loved Him and, at the same time, maintain His own Holy standards? Christ is the solution to this problem that no human could have imagined.
Christ became our redeemer. Christ became our propitiation. His blood paid our debt.
In ages past, this wasn’t clear. BUT NOW it is!