But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Recently I have been studying the book of Romans. The theme of the book is God’s righteousness. Before a person is saved, he must recognize his severe inability to reconcile his own sinful condition with a righteous God. God’s righteousness magnifies a sinner’s sinfulness. As I have been studying this book, I am reminded that before I was saved, I could in no way of my own bridge the gap between His righteousness and my sinfulness. The answer to that impossible situation can be found in one word – justification! Warren Wiersbe defines justification as “the act of God whereby He declares the believing sinner righteous in Christ on the basis of the finished work of Christ on the cross.” As I contemplate that definition I realize, I could do nothing to make myself righteous before God, but when I placed my faith in the redeeming work of Christ on the cross, He stepped in and declared me righteous in Christ because of what Christ did for me! What a blessing that my salvation rests in nothing but the finished work of Christ! Take some time today to consider what Christ did for you and thank Him for your imputed righteousness because of Calvary!