All Freely Justified By Grace Romans 3:21-31

Romans 3:21-31

From the universal need the Apostle turns to the all-sufficient remedy. The Law and the Prophets hinted dimly at justification by faith, but did not unveil it. God’s way of justification is to impute righteousness to the believer. He places us in that position in law, before proceeding by the Holy Spirit to bring us into the condition of holiness. The perfect day is imputed to the dawn, the perfect flower to the seed, the finished picture to the crude sketch. As soon as we trust in Jesus we are viewed as standing in Him and justified before the Law; but before us lies the great work of assimilation to His perfect likeness by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

It is sin to come short, Rom_3:23; and who among us has fulfilled his possibilities of godlikeness? Rom_3:24; Gen_1:26-27. Though justification costs us nothing but the sacrifice of our pride, it has cost Christ His own blood, Rom_3:25. The propitiatory, or mercy seat, was the golden lid of the Ark which the high priest sprinkled with blood. See Heb_9:5. Faith has no room in her household for vaunting and boasting, Rom_3:27. The Law is best honored when the Lawgiver, dwelling within us, fulfills it through us.